- Most Tibet expressways can be used to transport military equipment
- Heavy trucks temporarily banned from running on new expressway
- Toll-free expressway costs $5.8 billion to build
The expressway that costs $5.8 billion to build cuts travel time between Lhasa and Nyingchi from eight to five hours, with a speed limit of 80 km per hour.
Most of the expressways in Tibet can be used to transport military equipment, providing an advantage for the Chinese military to move troops and hardware faster.
The massive infrastructure development in Tibet also prompted India to ramp up infrastructure development on its side.
On 28 August, China and India agreed to end a lengthy standoff at Doklam plateau in Sikkim sector that began in June.
The tension began in June when Indian troops entered the plateau to stop China from building a new road which Delhi viewed as a serious security concern because of the access it provides to Beijing.