Economist article on China’s infrastructure expansion in Tibet

October 7, 2010

The Economist has carried an article on the extension of the Tibet railway line to Shigatse, a town near the Mt. Everest base camp on the Tibetan side.

The proposed railway line would cause considerable headache for India by enhancing Chinese ability to project power in Nepal and also strengthen their trade links with the troubled Himalayan state.

Another proposed line, from Lhasa east to Nyingchi, would bring the network close to the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.

There are considerable difficulties in constructing these railway links and they would face stiff resistance from Tibetans who fear their culture getting swamped by the Han influx which these railway lines bring with them. However, they provide ample indication of the Chinese resolve to increase their geopolitical reach.

You can read the article here.

 

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