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    Xi Jinping makes first visit to Tibet in a decade

    Chinese President Xi Jinping has made his first visit in a decade to Tibet in a gesture to consolidate the sovereignty that his country claims over the territory.

    The president completed a three-day visit to the region on Friday, starting in Nyingchi, where he was received by officials and representatives of ethnic groups, reports the official Chinese news agency Xinhua.

    His visit was marked by the celebration, delayed due to the pandemic, of the 70th anniversary of the invasion of the territory by the Chinese Army – officially described by China as “liberation” – and which led to the exile of the Dalai Lama.

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    There, the Chinese leader proclaimed the opening of a new era of government in what he considers an autonomous region that will have to adhere, however, to the historical lines of development outlined by the Communist Party, the official Xinhua news agency quoted him as saying.

    The leader made his last visit to the country in 2011, when he was China’s vice-president.

    The Dalai Lama is 85 years old and has lived in India since 1959 after fleeing Tibet following an attempted uprising against Indian rule in the region. China does not recognize the Tibetan Government in exile and accuses the Dalai Lama of separatism, which he denies because he defends autonomy and respect for the Buddhist culture of the region.

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    Alex Dawit
    Alex Dawit
    Alex Dawit is Journalist of the Awutar. He had completed his graduation in Journalism and Communication, Pakistan. He is passionate about News, Blogging & Research Writing. You can contact him via: [email protected]


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