Lu Hao 陆浩
Foreign Affairs Committee NPC
Formerly Party Secretary Gansu Province and member of Tibet work Leading Group.
Pronunciation: Loo How. soundbite
Born: 1947, Hebei Province.
Education: Part of the first, exceptional class of university students after the Cultural Revolution. A chemist, possibly with an M.A.
Career: Was in Gansu his whole career since graduating in Lanzhou 1982 until 2012: Governor from 2001 – 2006, Party Secretary 2007 – 2012.
Prospects: No further promotion.
Travel:Led several foreign delegations – Vietnam, Maldives, North Korea, Oklahoma, (long-time sister relationship with Gansu).
Relevance to Tibet: Former Party Secretary of Gansu. (Note: Another Lu Hao heads the China Youth League).
Standing in the Party and Career Highlights:
Member 17th CPC Central Committee but not 19th Central Committee. Deputy Director of Foreign Affairs Committee of NPC is likely a demotion.
Was brought into the Tibet Work Leading Group in 2010, when the Fifth Tibet Work Forum decided to incorporate the Tibetan areas of Gansu, Sichuan, Qinghai and Yunnan into its remit.
Quotations By/Comments About:
- Many sources, Nov 2008: (In response to a two-day riot in Wudu, Longnan, in which thousands of residents protested the re-location of a major government office and consequent loss of jobs; government offices were invaded, looted, police cars torched). “Lu Hao instructed police officers to “reinforce the law in a civilised way” and avoid confrontations, Gansu Daily reported. “In particular, [the police] should not use weapons.” [But there were documented incidents of police using violence.] Lu said governments at all levels needed to draw lessons from the incident.
- ChinaTibetNews, April 2009: in an article entitled ‘Gansu to maintain social stability, economic growth in Tibetan-inhabited areas.’ “[Lu Hao] said that the Dalai clique would never change its attempt to split Tibet from the motherland and the anti-China forces in the west would not change their ill intentions against China. Therefore, it is still very arduous to maintain the harmony and stability in the Tibetan-inhabited areas in Gansu….He stressed that the Party should help people to understand that the struggle against the Dalai clique is not an issue on ethnic groups, religion and human rights, but a struggle against penetration, secession and subversion. It is a struggle against the “westernization” and “division.” Therefore, CPC organizations at various levels must implement to the letter the Communist Party’s policies on religions, do a better job in grass-roots units in Tibetan-inhabited areas, in order to enable the areas to enjoy long- term stability. [Parts of Gansu were badly affected by the Sichuan earthquake, esp Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.]
Note: since this profile was prepared, Gansu has also been affected by terrible floods/landslides.
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