China has started the first bullet train service in Tibet, close to the Indian border. According to a leading daily report, China has started operating the first fully electric bullet train in the remote Himalayan region of Tibet. The train will connect Lhasa, the provincial capital of Tibet, and Niyangchi, a town on the border with Tibet, close to Arunachal Pradesh.
According to the report, the 435.5-km-long Lhasa-Nyangchi section of the Sichuan-Tibet Railway has been inaugurated ahead of the centenary celebrations of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC). It will be the second railway in Tibet after the Sichuan–Tibet Railway, the Qinghai–Tibet Railway. Which will pass through the southeast region of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. It is one of the most geologically active regions of the world.
The Sichuan-Tibet Railway will start from Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan. The journey from Chengdu to Lhasa will be reduced from 48 hours to 13 hours. Niyangchi is the provincial level city of Medog. It is adjacent to the Arunachal Pradesh border. In November, Chinese President Xi Jinping had asked to speed up the work of a new railway project connecting Sichuan province with Niyangchi. He had also said that the new railway line would be crucial in maintaining stability on the border.
China has been telling Arunachal Pradesh as part of Tibet. But India has strongly rejected this nefarious claim of China. There is a border dispute between the two countries over the 3,488-km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC).