Executives from Tibet’s border with India among delegates to upcoming 20th Chinese Party Congress

(TibetanReview.net, Oct06’22) – The Next 20e The Five-Year Congress of the Communist Party of China (CCP) beginning Oct. 16 is not particularly important because it will make any leadership decisions of vital national importance. Rather, its importance lies in the fact that the congress will reveal and endorse decisions already made behind closed doors by a handful of the country’s real power players whose negotiation process is not open even to any general body of the CCP.

The congress will be attended by 38 ethnic Tibetan party members selected for their proven loyalty to the party and the leadership of President Xi Jinping from the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) and the provinces of Qinghai, Sichuan, Yunnan and Gansu as well as the People’s Liberation Army and the paramilitary People’s Armed Police, Fujian Province and the central financial system.

Eighteen of the Tibetan delegates to the 20th Congress are from the TAR, including two who are listed as Monpa and Lhoba, both within the extended Tibetan family, and one named without any ethnic identification, the International Campaign for Tibet noted. (ICT) based in Washington) October 5. Of the 18, eight are women, he added.

The Monpa and Lhoba communities inhabit areas near the Indian border state of Arunachal Pradesh. The Lhobas, although Tibetan, are the smallest recognized ethnic group in the People’s Republic of China, numbering between 3,000 and 4,000. “Lhobas” means “southerners” in Tibetan.

Four of the delegates would come from party entities in the Tibetan areas of Qinghai province. Three others would come from the Tibetan regions of Sichuan. In addition, two others would come from the Tibetan regions of Yunnan. And two would be from the Tibetan regions of Gansu. One delegate in each of these cases was declared to be a woman.

In addition, there are two Tibetan delegates from what are classified as central and state organs, four from the People’s Liberation Army and the paramilitary People’s Armed Police, and two from the central financial system, one woman in each case.

The report notes that Tibetan delegates to the 20th Party Congress make up about 1.65% of the total 2,296 delegates.

In the CCP’s leadership hierarchy, the highest level to which Tibetans have been elevated as members has been as full members of the Central Committee. The CPC Central Committee currently has 205 full members and 171 alternate members.

In the current leadership of the 19th CPC, two Tibetans, Lobsang Gyaltsen (Chinese: Luosang Jiangcun) and Che Dalha (Qizhala), are full members of the Central Committee, with two others, Yan Jinhai and Norbu Thondup, serving as alternate members. It is highly likely that Yan Jinhai and Norbu Thondup will be promoted to full members of the 20th Central Committee, ICT said.

No member of the Tibetan Party has ever made it to the party’s highest decision-making body, the Politburo (Political Bureau) Standing Committee, or the full 25-member Politburo ranking just below it. In fact, no Tibetan has ever been appointed party secretary of the TAR or any other provincial region.

The congress is expected to “elect” Xi Jinping for an unprecedented third five-year term and is also seen as likely to elevate him to the rank enjoyed only by Chairman Mao so far. The composition of the new Politburo Standing Committee will be seen as the extent of Xi’s influence in the CCP’s closed-door decision-making at the highest level.

It is also taken for granted that no apparent successor to Xi will be named, leaving him clear for a fourth term after another five years.