Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping has made a rare visit to Nyingchi, a strategically located border town close to Arunachal Pradesh, during his first visit to the politically sensitive region of Tibet where he underlined the need for "lasting stability" and "high-quality development" for the plateau region.             

Xi was in Tibet from Wednesday, but his important visit was kept under wraps by China's official media till the end of the trip on Friday due to the sensitivities of the trip.

On Wednesday Xi flew directly to Nyingchi not far from the Indian border after visiting several places in the city. Later he travelled to Tibet's capital Lhasa by the recently commissioned high-speed bullet train.   

According to state-run Xinhua news agency, Xi 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 fully implementing the guidelines of the ruling Communist Party of China 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.      

China is accused of suppressing cultural and religious freedom in the remote and mainly Buddhist Himalayan region. China has rejected the accusations.    

In footage released by State broadcaster CCTV, Xi, 68, was seen greeting a crowd wearing ethnic costumes and waving the Chinese flag as he disembarked from his plane at the Mainling Airport in Nyingchi.

Chinese leaders periodically visit Tibet. But Xi, who also heads the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) and the powerful Central Military Commission -- the overall high command of the Chinese military — is perhaps the first top leader in recent years to visit Tibet's border town.

He visited Tibet as Vice President in 2011 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of “the peaceful liberation of Tibet''.      

The last sitting Chinese President to officially visit Tibet was Jiang Zemin in 1990. During his visit to Nyingchi, Xi, visited the Nyang River Bridge to inspect the ecological preservation in the basin of the Brahmaputra river, which is called Yarlung Zangbo in the Tibetan language.       

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