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China to build world's highest airport

China has planned to construct the world’s highest airport in Tibet by next year, according to a state media.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported that the Nagqu Dagring Airport will be built at an alititude of 4,436m and would be 102m higher than Bamda Airport, which is also in Tibet.

The plan is a part of Beijing’s agenda to boost the long-isolated Himalayan region’s economic growth and living standard.

In 2006, the Chinese government opened a railway link from Beijing to the capital Lhasa, and currently has undertaken construction work of six new rail lines in and around Tibet.

Culture concerns

Critics are worried that the developments at this rate would destroy the delicate ecosystem of the region

They have also expressed concern over increased migration of the majority ethnic Han Chinese to Tibet, which could harm its Buddhist culture and traditional way of life.

China claims that the Communist Party has ruled Tibet since Communist troops arrived in 1951, but Tibetans differ in their opinion.

They say the region was an independent theocracy for most of that time, and it denies having been part of Chinese territory since the mid-13th century.

Readers' comments (4)

  • I would suggest the author of this artical focusing more on the Engineering issue of this project but not the political issue. As an Engineer, I would like to know more about the aspects such as challenges this project facing and the time line of the construction.

    It is a point to express the concern about the culture as an Engineer but it is none of your business to state who ruling the area or wheather if it is an theocracy of an country.

    By the way, there are mistakes in your article. China will never claim that way. Where did you hear from it? The media? Why would you helping minority people to denying the fact in NCE?

    If it is talking about the culture concern here, how about the ultimate culture offense to most Chinese People by stating mistakes about their homeland.

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  • I would suggest Mr Wang accepts that the magazine NCE still belongs to the free world. The Chinese state can try to buy newspapers and TV stations in Taiwan (and thereby manipulate freedom of speech in Taiwan), it can try to bully google, however it will never succeed in telling free European newspapers what they should write and what they shouldn't. This has nothing to do with offending China or the CHinese people. This is freedom of expression !

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  • It seems Wang (or whoever composed this comment) is a fanatic Chinese politician not an Engineer. Local culture and outlook is a parameter in sustainable design and also planning approval for Civil Engineering development.
    Please Wang, can you keep your version of Chinese politics to yourself and your cohorts and allow NCE to properly educate Engineers.

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  • This is madness.
    This is SPARTA!?!?!?!

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