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Political loyalty to China proclaimed as top priority in selecting Tibetan cadres

Soldiers hold the flag-raising ceremony at the Potala Palace in Lhasa, capital of Tibet March 28, 2011.
Soldiers hold the flag-raising ceremony at the Potala Palace in Lhasa, capital of Tibet March 28, 2011.

(TibetanReview.net, Sep03, 2015) – The local Chinese government of Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) has said Sep 2 that it will be more meticulous in ensuring that people who in its view are separatists or supporters of separatism on any of the six criteria fixed by it will not be recruited as cadres. These rules aim to ensure that officials at all levels will truly be in the hands of people loyal to the communist Party of China (CPC), China, and the Chinese people in that other, reported China’s international party mouthpiece Globaltimes.cn Sep 2, citing an unnamed newspaper affiliated with China’s Ministry of Human Resource and Social Security Aug 31.

The report was cited as saying political loyalty will be the top priority in selecting cadres in the region. In specific terms, the report said the candidates will be whetted on the basis of their record on six avoidances: those who have avoided making speeches against the spirit of the decisions made by the Central Committee of the CPC, or those who are perceived to have overtly agreed to but covertly opposed such decisions; those who have avoided provoking ethnic dissensions or undermining ethnic unity; those who have avoided participating in or supporting ethnic separatist activities; those who have avoided going aboard to enshrine the Dalai Lama and sending relatives and children to schools linked to the Dalai Lama.

The report cited Wang Chunhuan, deputy director of the Theoretical Marxism Institute of the Tibet Autonomous Region Academy of Social Sciences (TARASS), as saying these criteria had been applied to the previous recruitment process but that the authorities had rarely publicized them.

“The notice shows that authorities in Tibet have reinforced their attitude against separatism, and have made this known publicly,” Wang was quoted as saying.

The report was cited as saying 80,000 cadres had been sent to villages and 7,000 to temples, reflecting a measure of party and state interferences in the functioning of religious centres. Eight thousand policemen had also been assigned to different districts in the TAR for four years, and those who contribute to the fight against separatism will be promoted, the report was cited as saying.

Wang has said other policies included choosing ethnic Tibetan cadres who support ethnic unity and oppose the Dalai Lama and his supporters to ensure lasting peaceful governance in the region.

The report said the “top positions” in four of the seven districts in Tibet are held by ethnic Tibetans. This probably refers to the four prefectures and three prefecture-level cities of the TAR. “Top position” usually refers to government head, as distinct from party secretary, the position of real power which is usually a Han Chinese monopoly. The report said a total of 694 villages had assigned one ethnic Han and one ethnic Tibetan as principal Party and government leaders. That probably means all party leader positions at the village level are held by Han Chinese cadres, with the Tibetan cadres being responsible for carrying out the orders of their Chinese bosses.

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