Amid border tensions, China’s Xi ‘secretly’ visits Tibetan town bordering Arunachal Pradesh

Chinese President Xi Jinping has made a uncommon go to to Nyingchi, a strategically situated border town near Arunachal Pradesh, throughout his first go to to Tibet, the official media reported on Friday.

Xi arrived on the Nyingchi Mainling Airport on Wednesday and was greeted by native folks and officers of varied ethnic teams, Xinhua information company reported.

He is probably the primary Chinese chief to go to the town on the India-China border. Xi’s politically vital go to was saved below wraps by China’s official media until Friday.

During his go to to Nyingchi, Xi, 68, visited the Nyang River Bridge to examine the ecological preservation within the basin of the Brahmaputra river, which is known as Yarlung Zangbo within the Tibetan language.

China this yr has permitted plans to construct an enormous dam over the Brahmaputra river through the present 14th Five-Year Plan, which raised issues within the riparian states of India and Bangladesh.

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Nyingchi is a prefecture-level metropolis in Tibet that’s adjoining to the Arunachal Pradesh border.

China claims Arunachal Pradesh as a part of South Tibet, which is firmly rejected by India. The India-China border dispute covers the three,488-km Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Xi’s go to to Tibet befell amidst the present India-China army tensions in japanese Ladakh.

India and China have been locked in a army standoff at a number of friction factors in japanese Ladakh since early May final yr.

The two sides accomplished the withdrawal of troops and weapons from the North and South banks of Pangong Lake in February following a sequence of army and diplomatic talks.

The two sides at the moment are engaged in talks to increase the disengagement course of to the remaining friction factors.

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Chinese leaders periodically go to Tibet. But Xi, who additionally heads the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) and the highly effective Central Military Commission — the general excessive command of the Chinese army — is probably the primary prime chief in recent times to go to Tibet’s border town.

In video footage shared on Chinese social media, he was seen greeting residents in Nyingchi, often known as the Switzerland of Tibet.

“[As for] the future, the people of all ethnic groups in Tibet will march towards a happy life, I am as confident as you are,” the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post newspaper quoted Xi as saying.

This is Xi’s first go to to Tibet after he took over as president in 2013.

He visited the Himalayan area as Vice President in 2011 to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of “the peaceable liberation of Tibet’’.

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Nyingchi was in information in June when China absolutely operationalised its first bullet practice in Tibet, which moreover bettering the connectivity within the distant Himalayan area additionally bolsters the Chinese army’s capability to maneuver troops and weaponry to the Indian borders at a a lot sooner tempo.

The practice connects Tibet’s provincial capital Lhasa with Nyingchi. It has a designed velocity of 160 km per hour and operates on a single-line electrified railway protecting 435.5-km.

The Lhasa-Nyingchi railway is Tibet’s first electrified railway.

After visiting a metropolis planning corridor, a village and a park in Nyingchi, Xi went to Nyingchi railway station and took the practice to Lhasa. He inspected the development alongside the railway through the experience, the Xinhua report mentioned.

Also on Thursday, Xi went on an inspection tour of Lhasa, the provincial capital of Tibet Autonomous Region.

He visited Drepung Monastery, Barkhor Street and the Potala Palace Square in Lhasa to be taught concerning the work on ethnic and non secular affairs, the conservation of the traditional metropolis, in addition to the inheritance and safety of the Tibetan tradition and chatted with residents there, it mentioned.

Potala Palace is the seat of energy of successive Dalai Lamas in Tibet who moreover being the non secular heads of the Tibetan Buddhism additionally exercised energy over the Himalayan area.

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An official white paper on Tibet launched by China in May this yr, nonetheless, claimed that Tibet has been an integral a part of it from historical instances and blamed the British imperialists for cultivating the “Tibet Independence” concept.

The present Dalai Lama has been on a self-exile at Dharamsala in India ever since he fled Tibet in 1959 following the takeover of the Himalayan region by the Chinese military.

Beijing accuses him of being a “splittist” trying to separate Tibet from China.

President Xi pursued a agency coverage firming up safety management of Tibet. Beijing has been cracking down on Buddhist monks and followers of the Dalai Lama who regardless of his exile remained extensively admired non secular chief and worshipped by Tibetans.

In 2008, Tibet witnessed large anti-Beijing protests over the Chinese authorities’s ill-treatment and persecution of Tibetans.

Xi additionally pushed the Tibetan authorities and the army to strengthen border safety by bettering the infrastructure of the border villages together with constructing new dwellings for residents.

Xi’s insurance policies on Tibet included the ‘sinicization’ of Tibetan Buddhism, bringing it in tune with the insurance policies of the Communist Party.

Recent studies by international journalists visiting Tibet on a guided tour organised by the Chinese authorities reported Buddhist monks pledging loyalty to the CPC and Xi.

One monk at Lhasa’s historic Jokhang temple named Xi as his non secular chief.

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