What does China’s Bullet Railway Project in Tibet meant to India?

The Chinese Strategic “Bullet” in Tibet

The People’s Republic of China has expanded another “strategic mission” in the disputed autonomous region of Tibet by kicking off its first electrified bullet train connecting the capital Lhasa with Nyingchi in the remote area of Tibet. The 435-km railway line holds an important strategic location in South Tibet bordering Indian State Arunachal Pradesh. This bullet train’s inauguration report has come a day after the military drill excercise of the Chinese Army in Tibet. This railway project is said to be the second important mission of China after the Qinghai – Tibet railway project, those lines were first opened in 1984 (Xining- Nanshankou) and then in 2006 (Nanshankou-Lhasa). According to the statement released by Chinese Official, “this is a major step in safeguarding national unity and a significant move in promoting the economic and social development of the western region.”. The railway project has bewitched with strategic importance in the Tibetan region by making advancements especially for the Chinese Army to faster its delivery of important materials regarding the military needs.

The impact of Chinese Bullet Train on India

China’s increasing influence near the Indian borders of Ladakh, Sikkim and Arunachal is an alarm for India. Over 100 military drill excercise have been executed by the Chinese Army in China Occupied Tibet within a year with heavy deployment of ammunition. The India-China standoff already took vicious moves across Indian borders in years. After the Galwan incident of 2020, China has rapidly increased its military presence and strategic missions in Tibet that borders the area of Ladakh, Sikkim, Arunachal and even Nepal. China, which is known for its sharp practices, now broadened its horizons in Tibet and pushed back the expectations of peace near Indian borders and thus the liberation of Tibet from Chinese occupation went a step backwards. China’s bullet project can impact India directly with future clashes with greater intensity and sponsoring of violent activities in North-East region.

Source – Railway Technology


  • Aditi Dubey

    A graduate in Economics from Delhi University. A master in defence and strategic studies from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. She worked with Janes Defence as a research analyst in the defence data development domain. An ethical hacker, she takes interest in issues related to military tactics, international laws, arms acts and tribunals.

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