China to build a second railway line in Tibet | China


China will build a second railway line to Tibet, linking the capital Lhasa to the southwestern city of Chengdu, the Chinese government announced on Saturday.

The new railway was announced in a draft of China’s new five-year development plan, released at the opening of parliament’s annual meeting and published by the official Xinhua news agency. He gave no further details.

Xinhua said it would take about 15 hours for trains to travel between Lhasa and Chengdu.

Wangdui, the mayor of the Tibetan town of Nyingchi, which is on the railway line, told Xinhua, “We hope the railway will be completed as soon as possible. This will give new impetus to our development, especially tourism.

Many Tibetans continue to oppose Chinese control, but the region occupies a strategic position alongside India, Nepal and Myanmar.

In 2006, China opened a railway line to Lhasa as part of the government’s development efforts. It passes through the spectacular Tibetan Highlands, at elevations as high as 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) above sea level,

Critics of the railway, including exiled Tibetans and rights groups, say it has spurred an influx of long-time migrants who threaten the cultural integrity of Tibetans, which is based on Buddhist beliefs and a traditional herding lifestyle.

The Chinese government consistently denies any rights violations or cultural disrespect in Tibet, saying the Beijing regime has bought a much-needed development.


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