Xi Jinping makes a 'secret' visit to Tibet
New Delhi : In a development that has raised several eyebrows on China, President Xi Jinping made a secret visit to Tibet, including to Nyingchi located close to Arunachal Pradesh.
This is Xi’s first visit to Tibet since 2013, when he took over as the President of China.
According to Xinhua news agency, the president visited the Tibet Autonomous Region in connection with the 70th anniversary of Tibet’s "peaceful liberation the first time in the history of the party and the country".
During his visit, Xi stressed the need for fully implementing the guidelines of the Chinese Communist Party for "governing Tibet in a new era and writing a new chapter of lasting stability and high-quality development for the plateau region," the report said.
The trip was kept under wrap by the media until the end of it on Friday. Nyingchi is also where China is constructing a massive dam on the Brahmaputra River.
The surprise visit comes at a time when India and China have tension on border.
Chinese leaders periodically visit Tibet. But Xi is perhaps the first top leader in recent years to visit Tibet’s border town.