|State media said Mr Xi took time to learn about the work being done on ethnic and religious affairs and the work done to protect Tibetan culture.(Photo from newsbeezer)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] President Xi Jinping has visited the politically troubled region of Tibet, the first official visit by a Chinese leader in 30 years, BBC reported. The president was in Tibet from 21-22 July, but his visit is only being reported by state media today due to the sensitivities of the trip.
China is accused of suppressing cultural and religious freedom in the remote and mainly Buddhist region. Beijing denies the accusations. In footage released by state broadcaster CCTV, Mr. Xi was seen greeting a crowd wearing ethnic costumes and waving the Chinese flag as he left his plane. He arrived in Nyingchi, in the south-east of the country, and visited a number of locations to learn about urban development. He then traveled to the capital Lhasa on the high-altitude railway. While in Lhasa, he visited the Potala Palace, the traditional home of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.
People in the city had "reported unusual activities and monitoring of their movement" ahead of his visit, advocacy group International Campaign for Tibet said on Thursday. Mr Xi last visited the region 10 years ago as vice-president. The last sitting Chinese leader to officially visit Tibet was Jiang Zemin in 1990. Meanwhile, many exiled Tibetans accuse Beijing of religious repression and eroding their culture.