Fri, Oct 26, 2012 - Page 6 News List

China names new chief of staff

CHANGES:Liu Qibao, a Hu Jintao ally, is said to be the front-runner for propaganda chief, sources said. While media-savvy, Liu is unlikely to drastically ease tight controls

AP and Reuters, BEIJING

Yet he has taken a hardline approach to tackling a surge of self-immolations and protests in restive ethnic Tibetan parts of the province, and has locked up some dissidents.

He has also come down hard on Sichuan-based dissidents, including Tan Zuoren (譚作人), serving five years for subversion after documenting shoddy construction that contributed to deaths in the 2008 quake.

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