Lobsang Gyaltsen (Losang Jamcan)

Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Tibet People’s Congress


One of the most senior Tibetan leaders in Tibet Autonomous Region

Lobsang Gyaltsen


Pronunciation: Lo-sang Gee-alt-sen (hard’G’) soundbite
Born: 1957
Education: Apparently once taught Marxist theory.
Career: A former mayor of Lhasa and former head of United Front Work Department in the TAR before promotion to Governor in January 2013.
Prospects: No Tibetan has ever held the post of Party Secretary of TAR.
Relevance to Tibet: One of the most senior Tibetan leaders in Tibet.

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Lobsang Gyaltsen was appointed governor for the TAR in January 2013. Reuters /a>) described him as “a hardline ethnic Tibetan in a signal that the government has no plans to ease up on its tight control on the Himalayan region” and went on to report: “Losang Gyaltsen, 55, was elected at the end of the annual meeting of Tibet’s largely rubber stamp regional assembly, and replaces previous governor Padma Choling, according to an announcement by the official Xinhua news agency.

Losang Gyaltsen is a former mayor of Tibetan capital Lhasa and once taught Marxist theory, according to his official biography. His name is also spelled Losang Jamcan in English.

As Governor of the TAR he reports to Tibet’s top official, [then] Communist Party chief Chen Quanguo, a position which traditionally has always been held by a Han Chinese rather than an ethnic Tibetan.

“He’s rather hardline, but all officials at that level are the same,” said prominent Tibetan writer Woeser. “There will be no real change in Tibet.”

Speaking to Tibet’s legislature on Tuesday, the new governor, Losang Gyaltsen, said the government would “resolutely struggle” against exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, who China accuses of promoting violent separatism, charges he denies.

“We will unswervingly protect the unity of the motherland and ethnic harmony … and maintain harmony and stability in Tibet,” the China News Service quoted him as saying.

“Harmony and stability are the basic guarantee of Tibet’s development and prosperity,” he added.


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