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China Appoints New Party Secretary in Kardze Prefecture

May 8, 2012

The Chinese government has appointed Hu Chang Shen as the new party secretary replacing Li Dao Ping in Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province.

The appointment of Hu Chang Shen was announced on 27 April 2012 by Liu Chuan Chang, the vice party secretary of Sichuan Province at a high-level meeting attended by officials and cadres of the Kardze Prefecture in Kardze, reported the official Chinese news agency Xinhua on 28 April 2012.

At the high-level meeting in Kardze, the vice provincial party secretary Liu Chuan Chang spoke highly of Li Dao Ping saying the outgoing Kardze party secretary had "worked in Tibetan areas for 13 years with strong party spirit and selfless dedication to implement the policies of the central and provincial governments in their struggle against separatist forces of the Dalai clique". Li, according to the provincial vice party secretary, had made significant contributions for the stable development of the Tibetan areas in Ganzi Prefecture.

Li Dao Ping had worked as party secretary of Kardze Prefecture for two terms from 2003 to 2006 and then 2007 to April 2012. Li has also worked as the vice party secretary of Kardze Prefecture from 2000 to 2003. From May 1998 to September 2000, he was the vice party secretary of Chamdo (Chinese: Changdu) Prefecture in Tibet Autonomous Region.

However, omitted from the provincial vice party secretary's glowing tribute to Liu Chua Chang was the persistent use of force and violence to crush Tibetan protests particularly in the Tibetan counties of Drango (Chinese: Luhuo) and Sertha (Chinese: Seda) where local Tibetans were gunned down for peacefully exercising their fundamental human rights and freedoms. During his tenure as the party secretary, Li oversaw the implementation of official campaigns against peaceful Tibetan protests that resulted in many arbitrary arrests and detentions of local Tibetans in Karze Prefecture. Many were given prison terms ranging from 13 years to life sentence for merely expressing in public their discontentment against official policies. In April 2008, Chinese security forces fired upon peaceful Tibetan protesters killing many at Tongkor Monastery in Kardze County.

On 4 July 2011, speaking in the context of Tibetan protests in Kardze, Li had stressed on "firmly grasping the anti-stability work; to be politically firm and loyal to the Party; and to build grassroots organizations into an indestructible fighting bastion".

The newly-appointed party secretary Hu Chang Shen has worked for a long time in various governmental positions in Sichuan Province. He was the party secretary of Suining City before his appointment as Kardze party secretary.

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