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China ‘planning’ new rail link close to Arunachal

China will soon start construction of a new railway line in Tibet close to Arunachal Pradesh, even as another rail link bordering Sikkim is set to become operational next month, enhancing mobility of its military in the remote and strategic Himalayan region.

‘Sky rail to run from Lhasa to South Tibet,’ state-run Global Times said in a front page report on Thursday, highlighting China’s claims over Arunachal Pradesh with observations from Chinese analysts that the new rail network along the disputed border could act as a ‘bargaining chip’ in the boundary negotiations with India. The rail line connecting Tibet’s provincial capital Lhasa with Xigaze close to the Indian border in Sikkim as well as Nepal and Bhutan which is currently under trials would become operational next month, the report said.


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