President of China – Xi Jingping made his first official tour of politically sensitive Tibet region of the country. 

This is the first official visit of Xi Jingping to Tibet as President of China, also the first such visit by the country’s any president in over three decades. 

Xi Jinping visited Nyingchi, a strategically located Tibetan town near Arunachal Pradesh along the India-China border. 

He also visited the Nyang Bridge over Yarlung Tsangpo River (known as River Brahmaputra in India) and “inspected the ecological preservation in the basin”. 

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The Tibetan town of Nyingchi made the headlines across the globe in June after China operationalised its first bullet train in Tibet.  

The bullet train connects Tibet’s provincial capital Lhasa with Nyingchi. 

Xi also visited the Nyingchi City Planning Museum and other areas of the Tibetan town and took stock of urban development planning, rural revitalisation and the construction of urban parks. 

He also visited the Nyingchi Railway Station and inspected the planning for the Sichuan-Tibet Railway line work before boarding a train to Lhasa. 

The last Chinese president to visit Tibet was Jiang Zemin in 1990. 

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