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China: Last County Linked to Highway System [New York Times]

The final frontier breached? China has been rather strategic building legitimacy through the national highway system. Like a arterial system, now arguably ‘Han Chinese-ness’ can flow freely throughout the country and all its autonomous regions. In the same vein, so can cross-pollination between the Hans and the other ethnicities. So, while the Chinese of the old spent millennia building walls, now it’s all about railways and highway systems. China Daily took a slightly different approach with their headline though – ‘Blast links county to outer world’ (December 16, 2010). The 117km long Medog Highway ‘will shorten the time dramatically as the journey through the 3,310-meter-long Galonga tunnel will take just half an hour.’ (China Daily)

Photo - China Daily

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China: Last County Linked to Highway System
Source – New York Times, published December 17, 2010

China announced Thursday that it had connected a Tibetan county, Medog, to the nation’s highway system, ending the relative isolation of the area. Until Wednesday, Medog, in the eastern part of the Tibet Autonomous Region, was the last county in China with no highway linking it to the outside world, officials said. The announcement was made on the front page of China Daily, an English-language newspaper, and signaled the pride that Chinese officials have in the country’s rapid infrastructure development.

The village has a population of 11,000, and snow and rain made the narrow roads to the area impassable nine months of the year. In 2006, China completed a railroad that connected Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, to the province of Qinghai; it was an engineering marvel, but it has drawn controversy because some Tibetans say it is speeding the migration of ethnic Han to the region.


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