'Butcher of Xinjiang' Named New Tibet Party Boss

'Butcher of Xinjiang' Named New Tibet Party Boss

Andrew H. Sweet

Wang Junzheng, deputy CCP boss and security chief in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), has overseen atrocities against the Uyghurs and other Turkic minorities in the XUAR that have been labeled genocide in Western capitals.

Tibet advocates greeted the announcement Monday of the promotion of the 58-year-old Wang with concern that he will take the repression Tibetans have known for decades to a higher level, and they called for the continuation of coordinated sanctions on him by Britain, Canada, the European Union, and the U.S.

Wang's promotion is part of a slate of new CCP leaders appointed in seven provincial-level governments across China ahead of a party congress next year.

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