Beijing — A group of tourists have been enjoying their trip to China’s ancient capital, Beijing, with a bit of a Chinese twist.
The Chinese city is known for its large number of restaurants, but some tourists have taken to going up to the city’s famed temples, temples of nature, and the Forbidden City.
Chinese president Xi Jinping, who has spent much of his time in China, has made an early stop in Beijing this month.
There have been no major political protests in China since 1989, when he was elected.
But there are ongoing tensions with China’s neighbors, particularly in the South China Sea.
The U.S. Embassy in Beijing said it’s not known when Xi will visit, but said he would be visiting with Xi Jinping and other top officials.
“Xi is a close ally and friend of the United States,” the Embassy said.
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Xi has already visited Taiwan and Japan, where he met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and visited Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, according to the U in Beijing.
Xi has also toured Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Thailand.
In Laos, the president is expected to visit a military base that is home to about 10,000 U.N. peacekeepers.
Vietnam’s president said on Tuesday that Xi will spend about 10 days there, and he plans to hold a state visit to Vietnam later this year.
Xi will visit Laos on May 24 and visit Cambodia on June 11, according the National Security Council.
He will visit Thailand on June 17 and visit Vietnam on June 23.
He is expected in Japan in June, the Philippines on July 1, Vietnam on July 15, Japan on July 29, and Cambodia on August 8, the U of A said in a statement.
He may visit Cambodia in August as well, the statement said.
Xi’s trip comes as tensions have increased between China and Southeast Asian nations, including Thailand and the Philippines.
Thailand and the Philippine government have clashed over a disputed border area between the two countries.
The two countries also are at odds over their disputed ownership of a natural gas pipeline.
During the tour, the two leaders will also discuss the need to develop cooperation in the field of technology and the economy, according Xinhua News Agency.
It is not clear how many other countries will be on Xi’s tour, though the United Nations says it has plans to send a team to China to attend the tour.