Before landing in Nyingchi on Wednesday, on Thursday, Xi Jinping visited Lhasa, returning to the Tibetan capital after more than a decade.
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s unannounced visit to the Autonomous Region (TAR), was reported by the official media on Friday morning. In addition to that, the visit started in Nyingchi next to the Sino-India border in Arunachal Pradesh 2 days earlier.
After landing in Nyingchi on Wednesday, he visited Lhasa on Thursday, returning to the Tibetan capital after more than 10 years, said the reports.
Communist Party of China (CPC) general secretary Xi was spotted greeting residents in Nyingchi with the Tibetan expression for good luck “Tashi Delek” in a video footage that was shared on Chinese social media.
Xi arrived at the Nyingchi Mainling airport on Wednesday and was warmly welcomed by local people and officials of various ethnic groups, reported by the official news agency, Xinhua.
“He then visited the Nyang river bridge to inspect the ecological preservation in the basin of the Yarlung Zangbo river and its tributary Nyang river,” Said the Xinhua report.
Xi had led a similar delegation to Lhasa on July 18, 2011, as China’s then vice-president, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of “the peaceful liberation of Tibet’’, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.
In his speech a decade ago, Xi vowed to fight against “separatist activities” that had any link to the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader whose influence China has spent years trying to remove.
Xi’s visit to Nyingchi happened a month after China inaugurated its 1st electric train service in Tibet between capital Lhasa and Nyingchi city, right a week before the ruling CPC celebrated its 100th birthday on July 1.
The inauguration of this new line marks a critical stage in Beijing’s long-term vision to build infrastructure in TAR and connect the remote border areas and Lhasa to interior China.