China Plans to Build a Second Railway Line to Tibet
[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 01/11/13; November 13, 2001.]
China is planning to build a second railway line to Tibet, only months after work on a first controversial link began.
Work on a rail line between the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, and Kunming, capital of China's southwestern province of Yunnan, will begin when the first line is completed around 2007.
Vice Minister of Railways, Sun Yongfu, said the plan had been developed but the central government still had to give final approval.
In June, construction began on a line connecting Lhasa to Golmud, in the northwestern province of Qinghai.
Newsagencies reported the line between Lhasa and Kunming would be around 1,600 kilometres long, and take a decade to complete.
Tibetan rights advocates have condemned the project.
Human rights groups argue the railway and the expected influx of Han Chinese that would follow would make Tibetans second-class citizens in their own land.
(13/11/01, 21:56:16 AEST) Radio Australia
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