Chinese troops traveled on the high-speed Qinghai-Tibet railway from Mainland China to Lasha. It was the first time they had done so since the world's highest railway line was officially inaugurated on July 1, 2007.
Gong Yongqian, a People's Liberation Army representative at the Qinghai-Tibet railway company, stated that compared to air and highway transportation, the railroad offers cheaper yet much larger transport capacity with relatively less impact from climate. He was quoted as saying that the "railway will become a primary mode" for transporting troops to Tibet, replacing the air and road routes used since 1950 when Chinese soldiers annexed Tibet.
Xinhua reported that logistics for the troupes in transit along the Qinghai-Tibet railway has already been determined.