A second foreign diplomat visited Tibet this week as China attempted to portray the sensitive region in a positive light. State Secretary of the Norwegian Foreign Ministry, Jan Egeland, toured the region and met top Chinese government officials. US ambassador to China, James Sasser, also visited Tibet this week. Xinhua (the New China News Agency) yesterday said Sun Qiwen, vice-chairman of the Tibet Regional Government, met Mr Egeland and briefed him on the situation in Tibet. He stressed China would welcome home the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, as long as he stopped his separatist activities abroad. Mr Sun rejected foreign criticism of persecution in Tibet. He claimed Tibetans were enjoying a peaceful and stable life. 'Tibet enjoys social stability, fast economic growth, and improving living standards,' Mr Sun said. 'People of all ethnic groups in Tibet are living and working in peace and contentment and they are the masters of their own affairs.' He said China's victory at the UN Human Rights Commission, in defeating Denmark's 'anti-China' resolution, proved human rights on the mainland 'have been affirmed and respected by the majority of countries and people in the world'. Xinhua claimed Mr Egeland was impressed by efforts to protect Tibetan culture. It said Mr Egeland toured temples, a prison in Lhasa and held discussions with officials from the Tibetan Academy of Social Sciences, Tibetan University, the Department of Transportation and the Red Cross Society.