Along with their traditional robes, Tibetan delegates to the annual meeting of China’s ceremonial parliament are sporting unique lapel pins displaying their loyalty to the Beijing leadership at a time of simmering tensions in their Himalayan homeland.
New this year and not seen on any other group of delegates, one of the inch-wide round pins shows a Chinese flag and busts of five Chinese leaders, from revolutionary founding father Mao Zedong to current President XI Jinping. The other shows a smiling Xi visiting a Tibetan family.
“We want to express our gratitude to the Communist Party leadership and State Council, so it’s only natural we wear the pin of the leaders of five generations,” Hongwei, one of the 18 delegates from the Tibetan Autonomous Region, said at Saturday’s opening session of the National People’s Congress. Read More