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Sanctioned Chinese leader of Xinjiang takes charge of TAR

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Chinese politician Wang Junzheng (Photo/Global Times)

By Choekyi Lhamo

DHARAMSHALA, Oct. 20: One of the most sanctioned Chinese leader Wang Junzheng has been appointed the Communist Party of China (CPC) chief of Tibet Autonomous Region on Tuesday, reported Chinese state media Xinhua. The 58-year-old is the former Deputy Secretary of the CPC committee of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and political commissar of Xinjiang Production and Construction corps.

The new chief of Tibet has currently been sanctioned by the US, Britain, European Union (EU) and Canada for his alleged role in human rights violations against Uyghur Muslims in East Turkestan. Wang became China’s highest-ranking official to be sanctioned in March over human rights violations during his tenure as Xinjiang’s Deputy party secretary. The US has labelled China’s crackdown on Uyghurs as ‘genocide’. China has repeatedly denied allegations by claiming that the government only aims to curb terrorism.

In March, Wang reportedly became a ‘national hero’ after dismissing the foreign sanctions, saying he wasn’t interested in visiting those countries and “didn’t have a penny” in the foreign banks. “The so-called sanctions only bring disgrace to themselves,” he earlier told the state media. The former Xinjiang party chief’s promotion could also be construed as a clear response of indifference to the West’s policies against the CCP regime.

The new appointments come ahead of November when key players of next year’s Party Congress will be decided and Xi Jingping’s way for the possible unprecedented third term will be paved. The 19th CPC Central Committee will hold its sixth plenary session in Beijing from November 8 to 11. The former Chairman of Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), Che Dalha, or Qizhala, has been transferred to Beijing by the CPC for a position in the national legislature ahead of the reshuffle in the top leadership next year.

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  1. Tibetans have been exposed to the outside world for seven decades but even now our sense of political cunning is very much in short supply. Most Tibetans use words the CCP has coined to describe events in Tibet in the aftermath of the great Tibetan rebellion against communist China’s occupation. The great rebellion was termed by the CCP as a “riot” which has no political overtones which was obviously the intention of the CCP to give no such connotation. After all, they claimed, the CCP “liberated” Tibet!!!
    The Tibetan word they used was ཟིང་འཁྲུག་ for riot. A riot can be caused by lumpen elements for a very flimsy reason such as a drunken brawl. The international press was reporting a revolt in Tibet. In 1960, the well known Anglo Indian writer Frank Moraes wrote a book called “REVOLT IN TIBET” soon after the March 10th rebellion. However, the Tibetans didn’t realise the damage that was done to their cause when it was peddled as nothing but a mere “riot” instigated allegedly by the CIA as per CCP’s propaganda to reduce the political fallout for the Chinese invaders.
    Today, many Tibetan news outlets and individuals are using the same Chinese politically loaded words about Tibet such as སྤྱི་ཚོགས་རྙིང་པ་ for independent Tibet. Xinjiang for East Turkistan just as the CCP calls the country and “inner Mongolia” when they should be saying, Southern Mongolia. Now, the Butcher of East Turkistan; Wang Junzheng, has been appointed as communist Party chief of Tibet and is said to ERASE the name TIBET to be replaced by the Chinese name for Tibet. They have already started to use it in their press briefings and in recent times, the CCP mouth piece, Global Times is using the term frequently. The evil CCP is not only erasing our culture, religion and identity but even our name!! I sincerely hope no Tibetan ever follows or mimic the CCP’s sinister plan to erase Tibet from the face of the earth by using the Chinese name for Tibet. Every Tibetan must thwart the CCP’s evil design and use TIBET and never use the Chinese monicker. If you do, we will be nobody!!! If the CCP succeeds; in fifty years time, nobody will know who you are, when you tell them, you are a Tibetan! It’s that serious! So beware!!!

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