Chinese president Xi Jinping visits troubled region of Tibet

Chinese president Xi Jinping visits troubled region of Tibet
Xi Jinping pictured in Beijing in 2019. The Chinese president was seen in Tibet this week on a rare visit. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: Chinese President Xi Jinping has visited Tibet, the first official visit in the politically troubled region by a Chinese leader in 30 years.

Mr Xi was in the region from Wednesday to Friday, but his trip was only reported by state media on Friday due to the sensitivities of the trip.

China is accused of suppressing religious and cultural freedom in the remote region, which is mainly Buddhist.

The Chinese government denies the accusations.

In footage released by state broadcaster CCTV, the Chinese president was seen greeting a group of people wearing ethnic costumes and waving the Chinese flag as he left his plane.

He arrived in Nyingchi and visited a number of locations to learn about urban development, before travelling to the capital Lhasa on the high-altitude railway.

Mr Xi visited the Potala Palace while in Lhasa. The palace is the traditional home of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

Advocacy group International Campaign for Tibet said on Thursday that people in the city had “reported unusual activities and monitoring of their movement” ahead of his visit.

Ten years ago as vice-president, Mr Xi last visited the region. Jiang Zemin was the last sitting Chinese leader to officially visit Tibet in 1990.

State media said president Xi took time to learn about the work being done on ethnic and religious affairs and the work done to protect Tibetan culture.

Many exiled Tibetans accuse China of eroding their culture and religious repression.

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