Beijing powers up high-speed rail link to Tibet | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Beijing powers up high-speed rail link to Tibet

Beijing wants a new quasi-high-speed rail artery being built on the world’s highest plateau to be up and running in five to eight years to make the alpine Tibet region more accessible from inland provinces.

The call to rev up construction of the Sichuan-Tibet railway was issued during a two-day Communist Party Politburo meeting on Tibet presided over by President Xi Jinping.

The 1,742-kilometer line between Chengdu, capital of the western Sichuan province and a rail transportation hub, and the Tibetan capital Lhasa leads the pack of infrastructure projects either being planned or ready to start.

Trains will travel along the new railway at nearly 200 kilometers per hour in rarefied air due to the elevation atop steep, rugged mountains.

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