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Che Dalha (Tibetan: ཆེ་དགྲ་ལྷ;[a] born August 1958), also romanized as Che Zala and Qizhala (Chinese: 齐扎拉; pinyin: Qí Zhālā), is an ethnic Tibetan politician of the People's Republic of China, who has been Chairman (Governor) of Tibet Autonomous Region since January 2017. Originally from Yunnan province, he served as Communist Party Secretary of the Tibetan capital Lhasa between 2012 and 2017.[1] Since October 2017, he is the member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.

Che Dalha
ཆེ་དགྲ་ལྷ
齐扎拉
Chairman of Tibet Autonomous Region
Assumed office
15 January 2017
Preceded byLosang Jamcan
Personal details
BornAugust 1958 (age 60)
Zhongdian County, Yunnan
Political partyCommunist Party of China
Alma materYunnan Nationalities University
Central Party School

CareerEdit

Che Dalha was born in Zhongdian County, Yunnan (later renamed Shangri-La). He left school at age 10 to herd animals in his home village.[2] He completed primary school and high school by teaching himself.[2] In 1979, he participated in the civil service examinations of Zhongdian County with good results, and was given a minor post in the Communist Youth League as a rural functionary. In 1983, the 25-year-old Che Dalha became the Communist Youth League Secretary of Zhongdian County. He would progressively ascend the ranks of the Communist Party hierarchy, serving as the Deputy Party Secretary, then Party Secretary of Zhongdian County.[1]

Between 1994 and 2001, Che Dalha was instrumental in bringing the "Shangri-la" brand to life in Zhongdian County, making the area a major tourist destination. In 2001, the year he was promoted to Governor of the Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Zhongdian County was officially renamed Shangri-La by directive of the State Council.[2] In 1996 he attended to Yunnan Nationalities University, and graduated in 1998 with a degree in economic management specializing in ethnic minority affairs; he also has a bachelor's degree from the Central Party School in political and legal affairs. In Diqing, Che Dalha was credited with making the region the "best Tibetan region in China" as documented by Chinese official sources. He was elected a provincial party standing committee member in Yunnan province in 2010, ascending to sub-provincial ranks.[1]

In September 2010, Che Dalha was appointed as the Head of the United Front Work Department in Tibet Autonomous Region, and he was elected as the Vice Chairman of the Tibet People's Political Consultative Conference in 2011. In 2012, he was appointed as the Party Secretary of Tibetan capital Lhasa; the move was welcomed by some Lhasa residents because Che Dalha had replaced a Han Chinese, Qin Yizhi, in the post.[1][3] In his capacity as party chief of Lhasa, he visited Chicago and met with U.S. Senator Mark Kirk. His tenure in Lhasa was largely defined by the modernization of the cityscape.[4]

On 15 January 2017, Che Dalha was appointed Chairman of Tibet Autonomous Region, succeeding Losang Jamcan. He was the ninth ethnic Tibetan to assume the post after the conclusion of the Cultural Revolution, and the first Chairman from Yunnan province. He was additionally the first Chairman of the region to have not been born in the Tibet Autonomous Region in some twenty years.[1]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Tibetan: ཆེ་དགྲ་ལྷWylie: che dgra-lha, THL: Ché Dralha, ZYPY: Qê Zhalha, Lhasa dialect IPA: t͡ɕʰé ʈàl̥a

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "洛桑江村当选西藏自治区人大常委会主任 齐扎拉当选西藏自治区主席" (in Chinese). Xinhua News Agency. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
  2. ^ a b c "海拔最高的省份换二把手 究竟特别在哪里?". Sohu. January 16, 2017.
  3. ^ Tshering Chonzom Bhutia (January 19, 2017). "Does Tibet's New Governor Signal Change?".
  4. ^ "CHICAGO, April 22, 2016-- Qizhala, third left,". Getty Images. April 22, 2016.
Government offices
Preceded by
Losang Jamcan
Chairman of Tibet Autonomous Region People's Government
2017–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Qin Yizhi
Communist Party Secretary of Lhasa
2011–2017
Succeeded by
Padma Wamdi