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China appoints new Tibet governor, hardline policies to remain

Published on Jan 29, 2013 7:14 PM
 
In this photo dated March 14, 2001, Losang Gyaltsen, former mayor of Lhasa, answers questions during a news conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Mr Losang Gyaltsen, 55, was elected at the end of the annual meeting of Tibet's regional assembly, and replaces previous governor Padma Choling, according to an announcement by the official Xinhua news agency. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China appointed a new governor for remote and restive Tibet on Tuesday, naming a hardline ethnic Tibetan in a signal that the government has no plans to ease up on its tight control on the Himalayan region.

Mr Losang Gyaltsen, 55, was elected at the end of the annual meeting of Tibet's regional assembly, and replaces previous governor Padma Choling, according to an announcement by the official Xinhua news agency.

Mr Losang Gyaltsen is a former mayor of Tibetan capital Lhasa and once taught Marxist theory, according to his official biography. His name is also spelled Losang Jamcan in English.

He reports to Tibet's top official, Communist Party chief Chen Quanguo, a position which traditionally has always been held by a Han Chinese rather than an ethnic Tibetan.

 
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