China’s Xi visits Tibet for first time as president

Beijing: China’s President Xi Jinping visited the Tibet Autonomous Region on July 21-22, according to the official Xinhua news agency, in his first recorded visit as leader of the nation and the first visit to Tibet by the country’s leader in three decades.

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Xi flew into the city of Nyingchi on Wednesday and took a train to Tibetan capital Lhasa the following day along a section of the high-elevation railway being built to link the mountainous border region with Sichuan province.

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In Lhasa, Xi visited a monastery and the Potala Palace Square, and “inspected ethnic religion work” and Tibetan cultural heritage protection, according to Xinhua.

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The palace is the traditional home of Tibetan Buddhism’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who is in exile and has been branded a dangerous separatist by Beijing.

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In Nyingchi, he also inspected rural rejuvenation and environmental protection.

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Photos released by Xinhua show Xi was accompanied by Zhang Youxia, a vice-chairman of China’s Central Military Commission and a senior general in the People’s Liberation Army.

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Xi was last in Tibet in 2011, when he was vice president.

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Tibet’s high altitude, which can take a toll on leaders not accustomed to the climate, is another reason why China’s top leaders rarely visit Tibet, he said.

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