HIGHLIGHTS:

  • A source notified that on 20th July, Xi first landed at Mainling airport in Nyingtri, in southeast Tibet.
  • Jinping also addressed a gathering in front of the Potala Palace in Lhasa.
  • A source mentioned that during his trip, Xi may also visit one of the monasteries in Lhasa, possibly Drepung Monastery.

According to a source, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited to Tibet. On Thursday video clips were shared on social media in which Xi was addressing the people in the city of Nyingtri (Chinese: Linzhi), stepping out of a shop in the Barkhor area in Lhasa, and giving remarks to the public while facing the “Monument to the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet” in front of the Potala Palace, the traditional winter residence of the Dalai Lama.

On July 22, an official notice announced the closure of Potala. But many observers were caught off guard by the fact that Xi was visiting. A source notified that on 20th July, Xi first landed at Mainling airport in Nyingtri, in southeast Tibet. A public gathering in Nyingtri was addressed by Xi.

During his address, Xi stated that he had gone to Lhasa first 10 years ago when he came as the head of the Chinese government’s delegation to mark the 60th anniversary of the 17 Point Agreement and added that this time he came to meet the people in Nyingtri first and told them that not a single ethnic group should be left behind in the efforts to fully build a modern socialist China.

Xi also addressed a gathering in front of the Potala Palace in Lhasa. He said, “As long as we follow the Communist Party and as long as we stick to the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics, we will surely realize the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation as planned.”

A source also mentioned that during his trip, Xi may also visit one of the monasteries in Lhasa, possibly Drepung Monastery.

According to another source, people reported receiving calls from security officials checking on their activities for no apparent reason, roads in several sections of Lhasa were blocked, and the Lhasa City authorities announced the banning of drones and kites in Lhasa from July 21 to August 17.

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