Xi Jinping’s Visit to Tibet: Xi “Secretly” Visits Tibet, Chinese President’s First Trip in 3 Decades

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Xi Jinping’s Visit to Tibet: Xi “Secretly” Visits Tibet, Chinese President’s First Trip in 3 Decades


NEW DELHI: In a development that has raised eyebrows across the world, Chinese President Xi Jinping paid an unannounced visit to Tibet this week, including Nyingchi near Arunachal Pradesh.
It was Xi’s first visit to Tibet since assuming the presidency in 2013.
According to the Xinhua News Agency, the president visited the Tibet Autonomous Region on the 70th anniversary of the “peaceful liberation of Tibet, the first time in the history of the party and the country.”
Chinese president Xi Jinping greets villagers during a visit to Galai village in Nyingchi, southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (Reuters)
During his visit, Xi stressed the need to fully implement the guidelines of the Communist Party of China to “rule Tibet into a new era and write a new chapter of lasting stability and high-quality development for the plateau region.” , according to the report.
The visit was kept secret by Chinese state media until the trip ended on Friday. Nyingchi is also where China is building a massive dam on the Brahmaputra River.
The visit comes amid border tensions with India and at a time when China is said to be suppressing local culture by promoting Chinese language education and slowly taking control of Buddhist monasteries. Chinese leaders visit Tibet periodically. But Xi may be the first top leader in recent years to visit the Tibetan border town. He visited Tibet as vice president in 2011. The last sitting president to officially visit Tibet was Jiang Zemin in 1990.



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