JOURNAL OF DEFENCE STUDIES

Infrastructure Development and Chinese War Waging Capabilities in Tibet

Major Shailender Arya is serving with an artillery regiment.
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  • July 2011
    Volume: 
    5
    Issue: 
    3
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    China has created world class infrastructure on the Tibetan plateau in terms of highways, rail links, airports, logistic installations and oil pipelines which have civilian as well as military usage, allowing China to settle its Han majority population into these sparsely populated areas, project power in Central and South Asia, and make sustained efforts to integrate these alien areas. These unprecedented infrastructure developments have significantly multiplied the war waging capabilities of China, including against India. The over-reaching Chinese military, security and economic ambitions have ensured the transformation of once buffer state of Tibet into another Chinese province where infrastructure clearly exceeds the current demographic and security requirements. From these massive infrastructure developments in Tibet and the neighbouring regions, which have been objectively documented in this article, it is evident that China now intends to pursue its strategic interests on its western borders.


    “If a gun is introduced in Act I, it will be used in Act III.” - Anton Chekhov

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