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China transfers top Tibet official ahead of next year’s leadership reshuffle

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Qizhala has been the head of the Tibetan government since 2017.

Beijing:

Kizhala, an ethnic Tibetan and the chairman of China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, has been transferred to Beijing for a high position in the national legislature ahead of a top leadership reshuffle by the ruling Communist Party next year and a potentially unprecedented third for President Xi Jinping. tenure. According to a media report.

Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported on Wednesday that 63-year-old Kizhla, whose original name is Che Dalha, has left Lhasa to take a new job in Beijing, while no official announcement has yet been made.

His vacancy is expected to be filled by Yan Jinhai, the head of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC)’s Lhasa branch, in a reshuffle that is part of the creation of the party’s Five-Year Congress.

Lhasa is the provincial capital of Tibet.

The Congress will finalize the party’s top leadership for the next decade.

The Post reports that Qizla has been the head of the Tibetan government since 2017 and was expected to take on a new role in the top legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC).

The report said his promotion to the NPC would be regarded as a fulfillment of Xi’s vision of “community for the Chinese nation”, which means “high level of recognition” in the party of the country and all ethnic groups.

The CPC will formally hold its sixth plenary session here in November for next year’s major Congress, which will be attended by over 370 full and alternate members.

Next year formally marks the end of Xi’s second term. All of Xi’s predecessors retired following the mandatory rule of two five-year terms.

Over the past three decades, the party has generally used the last plenary session to address party matters, particularly on matters of key appointments, ideology and party-building.

Xi, 68, is widely expected to remain in power after his second term, possibly for life following a 2018 constitutional amendment that removed the two-term limit for president.

He has also been made the party’s “main leader” in 2016, a status only held by the party’s founder, Mao Zedong.

Observers will be watching to see whether the party continues to follow precedent on its leadership changes, particularly the unofficial retirement age of 68 years for its top leadership set by Mao’s successor, Deng Xiaoping.

Along with Xi, Premier Li Keqiang will also complete his two-term limit in early 2023.

About a dozen of the 25 members of the Politburo will be over the age of 68 in October next year.

Since he took over the reins of the CPC in late 2012, Xi has tightened his grip on power with a high-intensity anti-corruption campaign that punished more than a million officials, including several top military officials.

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