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Lhasa-Shigatse railway overrides serious issues

Oct. 9 (TibetanReview.net): Touted as a project to further develop Tibet, the Lhasa-Shigatse extension of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, for which China began the actual building work on Sep 26, raises a host of technical, socio-economic, environmental, and geopolitical issues, according to The Economist Online (UK) Oct 7.
The report began by saying that in going ahead with the decision to build the railway line, the authorities appeared to have been undeterred by the problems that the railway had already brought to Lhasa where a tourism boom and a flood of immigrants from China’s interior contributed to an explosion of unrest among embittered Tibetans in Mar’08.

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