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.