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China requires Tibetan job applicants to be anti-Dalai Lama loyalists

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(TibetanReview.net, Dec01’23) – Tibetan applicants for Chinese government jobs continue to be required to denounce their exile religious leader, the Dalai Lama, besides being loyal to the Party-state, reported the Tibetan Service of rfa.org Nov 30, citing a directive issued from Beijing and released this month.

The directive was stated to have advertised 554 new public job opportunities in Shigatse (Chinese: Xigaze) City for its Village Development Expansion Programme. College graduates from Tibet Autonomous Region with training in medicine, counselling and village development were eligible to apply.

However, the candidates were required to be “trustworthy and reliable citizens,” renounce the Dalai Lama, refrain from separatism and remain loyal to the ruling Chinese Communist Party, the directive was cited as saying.

The requirement for Tibetan applicants to Chinese government jobs to denounced the Dalai Lama and pass other tests of loyalty to the Community Party of China-state was explicitly stated as a requirement many years ago, especially after the 2008 large-scale protests against Chinese rule carried out across the Tibetan Plateau.

China considers the Dalai Lama, 88, who has lived in exile in India since 1959, a separatist, even though he only seeks meaningful autonomy for his occupied homeland which China annexed in 1951.

China claims to have “liberated” Tibet and therefore considers it not open to any negotiated settlement as being sought by the Dalai Lama and the exile Tibetan leadership.

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