Chinese President Xi Jinping has visited the autonomous region of Tibet. This is Xi’s first visit to Tibet since becoming president. Earlier, in 2011, Xi visited Tibet as Vice President. Xi was elected President of China on March 14, 2013.
According to the Chinese news agency Xinhua, the delegation, including President Xi Jinping, is visiting Tibet on the occasion of its 70th anniversary.
On Wednesday morning, he reached Ningchi, also known as Switzerland in Tibet. The video, posted on Chinese media and social media, shows locals in Ningchi welcoming President Xi as “Tashi Dele”. During a meeting with locals, President Xi said the Tibetan community is moving towards a happier future.
During his visit as vice president a decade ago, Xi said he would fight “separatist groups” in Tibet. He pointed to a group of exiled Tibetan religious leaders, the Dalai Lama, and said they were committed to the one-China policy.
President Xi also inspected the bridge over the Nyang River, Xinhua reported. He also inspected the Yarlung Jangbo River Basin. He also reached Nyingchi railway station on Thursday. He learned about the Sichuan-Tibet railway operation there and went to Lhasa by train, Xinhua reported.
Just last month, China launched the Lhasa-Nyingchi railway. The train is the first electric train to operate in Tibet.