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China opens new bridge near Indian border

Chinese engineers have constructed a new bridge over the Brahmaputra river (Yarlung Tsangpo in Tibet), which will enhance rail connectivity in south Tibet, near the Chinese border with India.

Rail connectivity is crucial for logistical support in both infrastructure building and military activities.

Chinese media described Bayu bridge, the new 283-metre-long and 19-metre-wide bridge, an engineering feat as it has been constructed in a difficult mountainous terrain. The bridge, standing 61.5 metres above the river in the city of Shannan, finally connects a 435km-long railway line, from Lhasa to Nyingchi in southeast Tibet.

This comes months after China opened a 409km new expressway linking Lhasa with Nyingchi, which is close to the border with Arunachal Pradesh. The 409km toll-free expressway, which cost nearly $5.8 billion, linked the two major cities which are also tourist attractions in Tibet, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

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