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Underreported: Beijing to Tibet Railway

Thursday, January 04, 2007

China's train from Beijing to Tibet made its maiden voyage six months ago, as part of the ambitious Chinese plan to develop its western provinces. Since then, it's attracted throngs of migrant workers and tourists to Lhasa. Critics say the train also disrupts Tibet's culture and threatens its fragile environment. Thomas Laird and Lila Buckley talk about the pros and cons of the train. Mr. Laird was the Nepal correspondent for Asiaweek for a decade. Ms. Buckley is Beijing correspondent for China Watch; she's just returned from a trip on the Beijing-Tibet train.

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