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Body of Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme cremated in Beijing
09:43, December 29, 2009  


Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) shakes hands with a relative of Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme, a senior Chinese legislator and political advisor, in Beijing, capital of China, on Dec. 28, 2009. The body of Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme was cremated here on Monday. Chinese President Hu Jintao, joined by former President Jiang Zemin and other top leaders Wu Bangguo, Wen Jiabao, Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang, bid farewell to Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme. (Xinhua Photo)



Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin (R) shakes hands with a relative of Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme, a senior Chinese legislator and political advisor, in Beijing, capital of China, on Dec. 28, 2009. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)


The body of Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme, a senior Chinese legislator and political advisor, was cremated in Beijing on Monday.

Chinese President Hu Jintao, joined by former President Jiang Zemin and other top leaders Wu Bangguo, Wen Jiabao, Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang, bid farewell to Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme.

Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme, of the Tibetan ethnic group, died of disease on Dec. 23 at the age of 100, according to a statement issued by the General Office of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.

In the statement, he was described as "a great patriot, renowned social activist, good son of Tibetan people, outstanding leader of China's ethnic work and close friend of the CPC."

Once a senior official of the former local government of Tibet, Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme served as vice chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee from 1964 to 1993, and vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) for many years.

He was also president of the China Association for Preservation and Development of Tibetan Culture.

Source: Xinhua

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