China Begins Extending Plateau Railway to Tibet’s Second Largest City

The controversial railway into Tibet is going to be expanded to Tibet’s second largest city, Shigatse (Xigaze), Xinhua reports: The Lhasa-Xigaze railway, with a budget of 13.3 billion yuan (1.95 billion U.S. dollars), is capable of transporting 8.3 million tonnes of cargo per year. The local authorities did not provide a projected annual passenger number. Zhang Qingli, Communist Party chief of Tibet, said the rail line would make train services available in southwestern Tibetan regions which currently rely solely on roads for transport. The railway will detour around nature reserves and drinking water sources and more measures will be taken during construction to better protect the fragile plateau environment, Zhang said. Minister of Railways Liu Zhijun said the extension is a key project in China’s long and medium-term railway network expansion and will speed up Tibet’s social and economic development. For a perspective from India on the expansion, which may eventually go all the way to the Nepal border, see this article from Times of India. Read more about the Tibet railroad, via CDT. ...
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One Response to China Begins Extending Plateau Railway to Tibet’s Second Largest City

  1. Wangchuk says:

    The USA used railroads to conquer the American West & drive American Indians from their native lands. Britain used railroads to maintain its colony of India until 1947. China is doing the same thing in Tibet. It’s called colonialism, pure & simple. The CCP plans to spend US$2 billion the rail extension b/t Lhasa & Shigatse. Meanwhile Tibetans have the lowest income & education in all of the PRC. We can see the CCP’s priorities are in exploiting Tibet’s natural resources & maintaining control over Tibet, not in improving the lives of the Tibetan people.