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Aba Party chief reshuffle ‘routine’

By Zheng Yi (Global Times)

10:17, February 17, 2012

The change of Party chief in the Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province is just a routine job transfer, and foreign media have exaggerated the number of self-immolation cases among Tibetan monks, a spokesman with the Sichuan government said Thursday.

"The transfer was not related to stability-maintaining activities, but was just an ordinary job adjustment," Cao Lei, a staff member with the publicity department of the Sichuan government, told the Global Times.

Liu Zuoming, the new Party secretary of Aba, visited several local temples and sent his greetings to some poor monks on Tuesday with the Tibetan New Year approaching on Wednesday, said Cao.

Liu has been in the judicial field for more than 20 years, serving as head of Sichuan's Department of Justice and director of the provincial stability-maintaining office, among others. He was deputy secretary-general of the Provincial CPC Committee of Sichuan before being assigned the job at Aba.

Shi Jun, former Party secretary of Aba, has taken up his post as head of the Sichuan Provincial Public Security Department, the Aba Daily reported.

There has been speculation that Liu's job transfer was related to stability-maintaining activities recently conducted in ethnic Tibetan regions after some 20 Tibetan monks set themselves on fire since last March, according to zaobao.com, the website of Singapore-based Lianhe Zaobao.

But Sichuan spokesman Cao dismissed the link as speculation, and also denied that there were some 20 monks who set themselves ablaze, saying the actual number was far less and there were no self-immolation cases this year.

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping expressed his concern over Tibet during his US visit Wednesday. At a luncheon hosted by the National Committee on US-China Relations, he said that China hopes the US will keep its word in recognizing Tibet as part of China and opposing "Tibetan independence." He also said he hoped the US would handle Tibet-related issues in a prudent and proper manner, Xinhua reported.

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Adam at 2012-02-17195.164.28.*
Looks like spokesman Cao desrves punishment for lack of discipline in reading Xinhua dispatches, which conformed cases of self-immolations this year.
  

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