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Tibetans Train to Become Railway Professionals

[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 02/09/03; Sepember 3, 2002.]

[Official news agency of the PRC]

XINING, Sept. 2, 2002 (Xinhuanet) -- Sixty-four young Tibetans walked into the anzhou Railway Institute, in northwest China's Gansu Province, on Sunday as reshman students.

In three or four years, they will be Tibet's first railway engineers and dministrators, working on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway.

In all, 552 students, including 173 Tibetans, have enrolled with railway nstitutes and schools this year to train as professionals for the railway hat is still under construction.

"They'll work on the construction and administration of the Qinghai-Tibet ailway after graduation, the first generation of ethnic Tibetan railway uilders and administrators," said Lu Chunfang, a senior official responsible for building the Qinghai-Tibet Railway.

Construction of the 1,118-km railway, which links up Lhasa in southwest China's Tibet and Golmud city in northwest China's Qinghai, is expected to be completed in 2007.

With four-fifths of the railway at an altitude of more than 4,000 meters, it will be the longest and highest plateau railway in the world. Chinese government officials and academics expect it tosignificantly promote economic and social links between this land-locked region and the outside world.


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