Briefs, January 30, 2013

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 30 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 January, 2013, 5:05am

New Tibet chief stresses reform

Reform and opening up are essential to Tibet's prosperity, the new chairman of the autonomous region said yesterday. Losang Gyaltsen, a former mayor of Lhasa, once taught Marxist theory, according to his official biography. "He's rather hardline, but all officials at that level are the same," said prominent Tibetan writer Woeser. "There will be no real change in Tibet." Xinhua, Reuters


Li Peng's son installed as Shanxi governor

The Shanxi Provincial People's Congress has confirmed Li Xiaopeng , the son of former premier Li Peng , as the provincial governor, Xinhua reported. The younger Li has faced criticism for disaster cover-ups, including a chemical spill and a fatal construction accident, while acting governor. Choi Chi-yuk


Sichuan vice-governor promoted to top post

Sichuan Vice-Governor Wei Hong , who had been widely seen as slated for retirement, has been elevated to the governor's post, Xinhua reported. Some credit Wei's change of fortune to the abrupt downfall of Li Chuncheng, the province's former deputy party chief. Choi Chi-yuk


Beijing investigates temple restaurants

Beijing authorities are investigating whether two restaurants operating in historic temples received proper approvals. The restaurants are in the Zhizhu and Songzhu temples in Beijing's Dongcheng district. Xinhua