China to build second railway line into Tibet

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China announces five-year development scheme, including plan to link Lhasa with Chengdu in Chinas south-west

China will build a second railway line to Tibet, connecting capital Lhasa with the south-western city of Chengdu, the Chinese government said on Saturday.

The new railway was announced in a draft of Chinas new five-year developing scheme, released at the opening of the annual session of parliament and carried by the official Xinhua news agency. It dedicated no other details.

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

Wangdui, the mayor of Tibets Nyingchi city, which is on the rail route, told Xinhua: We hope that the railway will be completed as early as possible. It will provide new momentum for our development, especially the tourism.

Many Tibetans continue to oppose Chinese control, but the region holds a strategic stance next to India, Nepal and Myanmar.

In 2006, China opened a railway line to Lhasa as part of government growth endeavors. It passes through the spectacular Tibetan highlands, at altitudes as high as 5,000 metres( 16,400 ft) above sea level,

Critic of the railway, including exiled Tibetans and rights groups, say it has spurred an influx of long-term migrants who threaten Tibetans cultural integrity, which rests on Buddhist faiths and a traditional herding lifestyle.

The Chinese government consistently denies any rights abuses or cultural disrespect in Tibet, saying Beijings rule has bought much-needed development.

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