By Tenzin Tseten, Tibet Policy Institute (TPI) – 8 October 2021
In the midst of leadership reshuffle ahead of the much-awaited once-in-a-decade leadership transition during the forthcoming 20th Party Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong based English-language portal, reported on a transfer of one of the highest Tibetan party officials of the “Tibet Autonomous Region” (TAR).
According to the report, Che Dalha (b.1958), who is a Deputy Party secretary of the TAR Party Committee and the Governor of the TAR Government, has left Lhasa to presumably take up a new job in Beijing, referring to his transfer to the national level government. It is unclear what post he would be given, but he is expected to land in the National People’s Congress (NPC) as a Vice Chairman, replacing Pema Thinley, who is a former Chairman of the TAR People’s Congress (PC). Based on the report, Yan Jinhai (b.1962) would step into the shoes of Che Dalha to become the Governor of the TAR Government. Yan is a Tibetan who is currently a Deputy Party Secretary of the TAR Party Committee and one of the two Tibetan alternate members of the 19th Central Committee of the CCP. Yan was transferred to the “TAR” last July from Qinghai province where he built his career in the span of over 30 years.
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*Mr. Tenzin Tseten is a research fellow at the Tibet Policy Institute.