China names new Tibet governor

China has chosen a former soldier as the new governor of Tibet after his predecessor resigned abruptly earlier in the week.

China names new Tibet governor

China has chosen a former soldier as the new governor of Tibet after his predecessor resigned abruptly earlier in the week.

Padma Choling is an ethnic Tibetan like the previous governor, Qiangba Puncog, who was in charge during demonstrations by Tibetans in the capital Lhasa that turned deadly in March, 2008.

Padma Choling, 58, served for 17 years in the People's Liberation Army before joining the government, the official Xinhua news agency said on Friday. He became vice-governor in 2003.

The most powerful official in Tibet remains the regional Communist Party boss, Zhang Qingli, a Han Chinese.

Padma Choling's name is also spelled Pema Thinley, Baima Chilin or Pelma Chiley.

People's Liberation Army troops marched into Tibet -- which is strategically located on the Indian, Pakistan, Nepal and Myanmar borders -- in 1950.

China has given little explanation so far for why Qiangba Puncog stepped down. He held the post for more than six years, and now is 62, three years shy of China's mandatory retirement age for cabinet ministers or provincial governors.

The semi-official China New Service said, without elaborating, that it was due to "work needs". Qiangba Puncog has now become chairman of the regional rubber stamp parliament.


Reuters



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