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    China"s President Xi Jinping Makes Unannounced Visit to Tibetan Capital Lhasa

    Chinese President Xi Jinping made a visit Thursday to Tibet’s regional capital Lhasa, strolling in the city’s Barkor area and greeting passersby in an unannounced trip not covered by Chinese state-controlled media, RFA’s Tibetan Service reported today in an exclusive story.


    Residents’ movements in the city were restricted and factories closed, with construction work halted and Lhasa’s iconic Potala Palace—winter residence of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama—also closed for the day, sources in the city said.


    The flying of kites and drones in Lhasa was already barred by order of the city government with the ban running from July 21 to August 27, sources said.


    Xi Jinping’s visit to Lhasa, capital of China’s Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), was his first since becoming China’s president in 2013. He had visited Tibet previously as vice president in 2011 when Chen Quanguo, now Communist Party chief in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), was party chief in Tibet.


    Xi Jinping arrived in Lhasa on July 22, a source in Tibet told RFA. Videos obtained by RFA’s Tibetan Service and circulating on social media show the Chinese president touring the Barkor Old Town part of the city accompanied by unidentified officials.


    Speaking to RFA, Tenzin Lekshay—spokesperson for the Central Tibetan Administration, Tibet’s Dharamsala, India-based exile government—said that if Tibet were as peaceful and stable as China’s leaders claim, there would have been no need for the secrecy surrounding Xi’s visit.


    It has now been 70 years since China marched into Tibet, a formerly independent Himalayan country, and annexed it by force, Lekshay said.


    “Xi Jinping should listen to the real aspiration of the Tibetan people, which is to have His Holiness the Dalai Lama return to Tibet and the Tibetan issue be resolved,” he said.


    Xi Jinping’s visit to Tibet was “certainly a surprise,” said Human Rights Watch China director Sophie Richardson, also speaking to RFA.


    “But the reality is that the person who ought to be strolling freely around Lhasa and the Barkor is His Holiness the Dalai Lama,” Richardson said, adding, "To see Xi Jinping strutting around, mindful that he is the person who’s done more to oppress Tibetans, is a galling sight.”




    Visit raises many questions


    The Chinese president may have visited Tibet to attend a meeting connected with the 70th anniversary of the 17-Point Agreement, an agreement granting control of the country forced by China on Tibet under threat of military action, said Bhuchung Tsering, interim president of the Washington-based International Campaign for Tibet.


    “There are situations where high-level meetings are kept secret ahead of the visit, but in this case there has been no news about Xi Jinping’s visit to Tibet in Chinese state media even after it was concluded,” Tsering said.


    “This raises many questions," he added.


    ”It’s clear from the way President Xi Jinping’s visit has been kept secret that there is no stability in Tibet. Therefore, the consistent position of His Holiness the Dalai Lama that the Tibetan issue must be resolved peacefully through dialogue is a solution that’s in the best interests of both sides,” he said.


    The Chinese president’s visit to Tibet may also have been intended to signal to India that Xi Jinping is prioritizing the issue of tensions along India’s border with China, where military clashes have recently taken place, said London-based Tibet scholar Robbie Barnett.


    “So this is a low-key but very powerful way of saying the Indian border issue is of major importance to Xi Jinping,” Barnett said, adding that Xi Jinping may also hope to tie his visit to Tibet to this year’s 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party in 1921.


    “It’s a very extraordinary thing for him to do. It’s saying to China that the history of the Communist Party is directly linked to the ownership and control of Tibet,” Barnett said.


    China’s President Xi Jinping Makes Unannounced Visit to Tibetan Capital Lhasa — Radio Free Asia

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    It’s saying to China that the history of the Communist Party is directly linked to the ownership and control of Tibet,” Barnett said.
    Which is a convoluted way of saying the chinky bastards have what should still be an independent country in a vice-like grip.

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    Another sign of the instability of the region: foreigners need special permits to visit Tibet.

    Every entry is carefully monitored. This certainly makes it harder for people to see for themselves whether China's narrative of "liberating" and enriching the region's people is accurate or propaganda.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TTraveler View Post
    This certainly makes it harder for people to see for themselves whether China's narrative of "liberating" and enriching the region's people is accurate or propaganda.
    Or actually makes it easier to see that bigger picture.

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    foreigners need special permits to visit Tibet.
    They do. But not Xinjiang, go figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    an unannounced trip not covered by Chinese

    Xi hails Tibet's 7 decades of progress


    By CAO DESHENG | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2021-07-24 06:42

    "His visit came on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Tibet's peaceful liberation, and was the first time a top Chinese leader has taken part in such a celebration in the history of the Party and the country. Observers said that Xi's visit to Tibet fully demonstrates the strong support of the CPC Central Committee for Tibet as well as its care for the people of the plateau region."

    Xi hails Tibet's 7 decades of progress - Chinadaily.com.cn

    Unexpected by or RFA caught by surprise!

    Quote Originally Posted by TTraveler View Post
    foreigners need special permits to visit
    Are the called visas, covid test results, vaccine "passports", an exit flight ticket, sufficient funds ....?

    Quote Originally Posted by TTraveler View Post
    Every entry is carefully monitored. This certainly makes it harder for people to see for themselves whether xxxx
    You've obviously never tried boarding a plane, as a "foreigner", to ameristan without being "approved".

    Unless you are a Mexican and you can afford a "guide".

    I suggest most countries have their own, "conditions of entry".

    A search delivers many agents offering holidays for sale.

    "We are ABTA members and your money is secure when you book through us. In the highly unlikely event that we go out of business, resulting in you not being able to travel, you will be fully refunded. In addition, we are here to help if you are unsatisfied with your holiday."

    Tibet holidays in 2021 & 2022 | Responsible Travel
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    A tray full of GOLD is not worth a moment in time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    You've obviously never tried boarding a plane, as a "foreigner", to ameristan without being "approved".
    Comparing going to America for a non American to going to Tibet for anyone?


    You are going to pop soon you are so full of chinese shit...

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    Tibet Travel Permit News Updated on May 8th, 2021

    It's been a tough year for the whole world 2020, and it's not over yet. But as long as we stay positive, better days are on their way.
    The great news is that the Tibet tour will be reopened to the foreigners living in mainland China from May 9th, 2021. We're ready for arranging the Tibet tours and Tibet Travel Permit for tourists who are living in any of the cities of mainland China.
    For the overseas travelers, we still need to wait for a better situation, and we promise to inform you in the first place when the Tibet Permit process resume.
    - Tell Us Your Tibet Travel Plan in 2021

    How to get Tibet Travel Permit, Successful Application Tips

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    You are going to pop soon
    We all will.

    You may be terrified of your past catching up with you.



    Me nah.

    And yes, I enjoy garlic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post

    Xi hails Tibet's 7 decades of occupation
    FTFY.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    You are going to pop soon you are so full of chinese shit...
    He seems to get hungry again ten minutes after eating the first one.

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