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Tibet-born leader is honored in death

THE body of Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme, a senior Chinese legislator and political adviser, was cremated in Beijing yesterday.

Ngapoi, of the Tibetan ethnic group, died of disease last Wednesday at the age of 100, according to the General Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee.

In the statement, the former Tibetan aristocrat 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."

President Hu Jintao and other state leaders bid farewell to Ngapoi yesterday.

Yesterday's Tibet Daily, a major newspaper of the autonomous region, was published in dark color with a large picture of Ngapoi.

Local people held him in high esteem for his effort in preserving Tibetan culture and national unification.

"He set up examples for others with both precept and practice," said his daughter Ngapoi Tsewang.


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