(TibetanReview.net, Jun23, 2018) – China’s railway network will reach Tibet’s border town of Kerung (Kyirong) in 2022 and from there Nepal’s capital Kathmandu over the next few years, according to the IANS news service Jun 22. This was started to be part of 14 agreements signed Jun 21 during the meeting between visiting Nepali Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang in Beijing.
The report said China will bear the cost of the 121.480 km Kerung-Kathmandu project.
To begin with, the Chinese railway authorities will conduct a pre-feasibility of the project in Aug 2018 and will then start preparing a detailed project report by the next two years.
The report said the construction will be completed within five years.
The report said Nepal’s Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Raghubir Mahaseth and his Chinese counterpart Li Xiaopeng also signed a protocol on the utilisation of highways in Tibet by Nepal for cargo transport. This enables Nepal to use the Tibetan highways to ferry goods and logistics to its northern part close to Tibet, but difficult to access from other parts of Nepal.
China would like to strengthen exchanges and coordination with Nepal in multilateral organizations, such as the United Nations and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, to safeguard common interests, China’s official chinadaily.com.cn Jun 22 Li was cited as saying.
And it cited Oli as saying Nepal was firm in its adherence to the one-China policy while promising not to tolerate anti-China activities on its territory.
Li has also called for a start of negotiations on a free trade agreement between the two countries as soon as possible.