China Stresses Need To Keep Tibet Stable

Published February 6, 2012 8:00AM (EST)

BEIJING (AP) — China has warned government officials in Tibet that failing to maintain stability could result in job loss or criminal prosecution in the latest sign of heightened ethnic tensions in the remote Himalayan region.

The warning comes four years after deadly riots erupted in Tibet's capital, Lhasa, and as China enters a politically sensitive period: The top leaders of the ruling Communist Party will change by the end of this year.

The announcement Monday on the official website of the Tibetan regional government says two recent cases of dereliction of duty have recently been reported and that such cases are to be handled harshly. It says authorities who mishandle emergency situations could lose their jobs or face criminal charges.

By Salon Staff

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