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China launches first Bullet train in Tibet, near Arunachal Pradesh; is India’s sovereignty at stake?

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On June 25, with an aim of uplifting the infrastructure in strategic locations, China invoked its first fully electrified bullet train in the remote Himalayan region of Tibet, connecting the provincial capital Lhasa and Nyingchi, a strategically located Tibetan border town close to Arunachal Pradesh.

The 435.5-km Lhasa-Nyingchi section of the Sichuan-Tibet Railway has been launched in the forth of the centenary celebrations of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) on July 1.

The first electrified railway will go through the southeast of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau which is one of the world’s most geologically active areas. The bullet train will link Lhasa with Nyingchi as “Fuxing” bullet trains begin its official operation on the plateau region.

The construction of the new railway project was manifested on the proposal of the President of China, Xi Jinping in November because the new rail line would play a key role in safeguarding the border stability.

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