By Choekyi Lhamo
DHARAMHALA, October 17: The chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), Che Dalha, or Qizhala, has reportedly been transferred to Beijing by the Central Chinese Communist Party for a post in the national legislature ahead of the top leadership reshuffle next year, according to the report. Economic times. The new top TAR official will likely be appointed by Communist Party leader of Lhasa, leader Yan Jinhai, as part of preparations for the party’s five-year convention next year.
Qizhala has been the head of the regional government since 2017, and Leader Yan was appointed deputy party leader in Tibet in July last year and became party secretary of Lhasa in January. Yan, 59, is an ethnic Tibetan official in Qinghai province. Senior leadership appointments have not been made public this year but the reshuffle is crucial as the strategic importance of the TAR continues to grow, given clashes between Chinese and Indian troops in 2020 over disputed Himalayan territory.
In July, Xi also became the first top Chinese president to visit the region since 1990, where he stressed the importance of “social stability” and border security for the sensitive region. The CPC will officially begin its process for next year’s Congress by holding its sixth plenary session in November, attended by over 370 full and alternate members.
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