Chinese state media reports said : Beijing has opened a strategically-located highway in Tibet that will link the region to the Nepal border. It could be used for both civilian and military purposes.

The move comes just weeks after a military disengagement in Doka La and could irk India. The reports suggest that the move will enable China to make forays into South Asia and provide economic and military benefits.

A Global Timesreport saidThe 40.4-kilometre highway in Tibet between Xigaze airport and Xigaze city centre officially opened to the public on Friday, shortening the journey from an hour to 30 minutes. The project, which is expected to be linked to the China-Nepal railway in the future, features a short section linking the national highway to the Geographically, any extension of the road and railway connectivity to South Asia is through India, Bhutan and Bangladesh.

The report added: "The China-Nepal railway was part of a deal struck by Nepal deputy prime minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara when he visited China in early September. The railway includes two lines: one connecting three of Nepal's most important cities and two crossing the border between China and Nepal."

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