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China to expand road network in Tibet by 20 per cent by 2015, connect all rural townships

October 13, 2010

By The Associated Press
The Canadian Press (CP)
October 7, 2010

BEIJING, China -- China plans to expand Tibet's road network by 20
per cent and connect all regional townships in the restive Himalayan
region, state media reported Thursday.

Nearly 50 billion yuan ($7.5 billion) has been budgeted for building
highways through 2015 that will extend the existing road system from
36,000 miles (58,000 kilometres) to 43,500 miles (70,000 kilometres),
the Xinhua News Agency said.

That follows other ambitious infrastructure projects aimed at opening
up Tibet, including new airports. A railway to the capital, Lhasa,
opened four years ago and is slated to extend to other parts of the region.

China's government says the projects aim to bring economic
development to the impoverished area and boost its links to the rest
of the country.

Tibetan activists say they facilitate exploitation of natural
resources while threatening local culture and strengthening Communist control.

Tibet remains tense amid tight security imposed after deadly 2008
anti-government riots sparked by resentment over Chinese migration to
the traditionally autonomous area and heavy-handed rule by Beijing.
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