Beijing: Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, currently touring Tibet exhorting Buddhist monks and people to shun separatism, visited Nyingchi area located close to Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as southern Tibet.
Xi and members of the central government delegation
visited south eastern Tibet`s Nyingchi area this week and were
warmly welcomed by over 600 local people, official news agency
Tibet`s Nyingchi prefecture shares borders India,
besides Bhutan and Myanmar.
Xi, widely expected to succeed President Hu Jintao as
President and head of the ruling Communist Party of China
(CPC) later next year, made a high profile visit to Tibet
heading a high power CPC delegation to take part in the 60th
year of "peaceful liberation" of Tibet by China.
At Nyingchi area, Xi visited Bagyi village and met
locals and interacted with them.
He also met with the leading members of the area`s
government as well as representatives of the retired officials
besides the local military officials heading the Peoples`
Liberation Army, (PLA) unit.
He asked the local officials to continue their efforts
in advancing the area`s development and maintaining long-term
social stability and called for more efforts to promote the
tourism industry and protect the area`s environment.
Earlier he visited Shigatse, the home town of Panchen
Lama, Gyaincain Norbu, whom China is promoting as a successor
to Dalai Lama.
But surprisingly Panchen Lama was not seen during Xi
visit to Lhasa, the monasteries as well as the celebrations.
The visit which began on July 18 regarded significant
as it came close on the heels of the much publicised meeting
of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama with the US President
Barrack Obama, which China strongly condemned.
Not surprisingly Xi in his speeches called on Tibetan
people to fight against the "separatist" activities of Tibetan
spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama while ruling out any
compromise with him.
"We should fight against separatist activities by the
Dalai group, rely on cadres and people of all ethnic groups,
seek long-term policies and take measures that address the
root cause, and completely destroy any attempt to undermine
stability in Tibet and national unity of the motherland,", he
said in his address at a rally in Lhasa marking the 60th
He also asked Tibetan Buddhist monks to "make a clean
break with separatist forces" led by Dalai Lama, asserting
that Tibet has been inalienable part of China since ancient
His address to the monks was regarded significant as
it was perhaps the first time that a top Chinese leader
addressed the meeting of the Tibetan Buddhist clergy who
wields considerable spiritual influence over Tibetan people.
The monks played a key part in the 2008 riots in Lhasa
in which several killed and many injured.