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China pours $49bn into Tibetan railway in development push

Beijing bolsters links to restive region with a project pricier than Three Gorges Dam

China has completed this segment of the railroad, between the Sichuan Province cities of Chengdu and Ya'an. (Photo courtesy of a local government website)

BEIJING -- China has begun construction of a rail line that would greatly improve access to Tibet at a cost of 319.8 billion yuan ($49.4 billion), as Beijing seeks to tighten its grip on the region and tap the abundant natural resources.

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