Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping will play an important role in maintaining stability on Sunday, instructing officials to expedite construction of a new $47.8 billion railroad project linking Southwest Sichuan Province and Lindsey in Tibet near the Indian border of Arunachal Pradesh. Said it would. In the border area.
The Sichuan-Tibet Railway will be the second railway to Tibet following the Qinghai-Tibet Railway Project. According to official Chinese media, it will pass through the southeast of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, one of the most geologically active regions in the world.
The Sichuan-Tibet Railway departs from Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, via Ya’an to Tibet via Kamdo, which is reduced from 48 hours to 13 hours from Chengdu to Lhasa.
Linzhi, also known as Nyingchi, is located near the border of Arunachal Pradesh.
The Indo-China border dispute deals with a real control line of 3,488 km long, the de facto border between the two countries. China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of southern Tibet, which India firmly rejects.
Linzhi also has an airport, one of five airports that China has built in the Himalayas.
The Ya’an-Linzhi section has 26 stations at 1,011 km. The train is expected to run at speeds of 120 to 200 km/h. According to a recent report by the state-run Global Times, the total cost of the entire Sichuan-Tibet railway project is about 3198 billion yuan ($47.8 billion).
Ahead of the start of the project’s construction, Xi Jinping confirmed this in a video conference as a major step to promote the ruling Communist Party’s general plan for a new era of Tibetan rule, and emphasized the important role of the project in defending national integration. Promote ethnic solidarity and strengthen stability in border regions.
He gave orders before commencing construction of the Yaan-Ningchi section of the Sichuan-Tibet Railway, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.
The Sichuan-Tibet Railway will play an important role in accelerating and improving Tibet’s overall economic development as well as ensuring border stability, the Global Times said.
The project will greatly contribute to the economic and social development of the western region, especially Sichuan Province and Tibet Autonomous Region, Xi said.
Emphasizing the complex geological and climatic conditions and fragile ecological environment along the project line, he urged to take advantage of China’s resource-focusing to carry out this difficult but glorious historic task.
Construction should be done in a scientific, safe and environmentally friendly way, Xi said, which seems to have mentioned the vulnerabilities of the region as it is one of the most active seismic regions in the world.
At the meeting, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang emphasized prioritizing the safety, reliability and quality of the project and urged collaborative efforts to promote construction, epidemic prevention and public welfare.
The 1,011km section between Ya’an in Sichuan and Ningchi in Tibet is the third part of the Sichuan-Tibet Railway, run by China State Railway Group Co., Ltd.
The Chengdu-Ya’an section of the project was put into operation in December 2018, and the construction of the Lhasa-Nyingchi section began in June 2015, the Xinhua report added.