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China weighs cross-border rail line with Nepal, begins feasibility study

China has begun feasibility study on cross-border rail line with Nepal: Envoy

IANS  |  Kathmandu 

China: Feasibility study begins on cross-border rail line with Nepal

The Chinese Ambassador to has said that has taken the request of Kathmandu for building a railway line seriously and has begun a feasibility study, the media reported.

In an interaction with the media here on Friday, Ambassador Yu Hong also said is working towards fostering a new type of relations and to build a community with a shared future for mankind, the Kathmandu Post reported.

Ambassador Yu expressed happiness over Nepal's move to join the Initiative (BRI) and said the initiative has given a wider opening for countries, including Nepal, to integrate the economy and people-to-people contact. signed up to Chinese President Xi Jinping's flagship BRI in May.

Yu added that and are working on several fronts like railway connectivity, highways and construction of a dry port. "has taken the request of government of building railway line seriously. A team has begun a preliminary feasibility study," Yu said.

Laying emphasis on Nepal-relations, Yu said the two countries in 2009 forged a "comprehensive partnership of cooperation featuring ever-lasting friendship".

Likewise, expansion of the Rasuwagadhi-Syafrubeshi road link, resumption of and construction of dry ports in Tatopani, Rasuwa and Yaritoo are also on Beijing's priority list.

The Chinese Ambassador's interaction with the media in Kathmandu comes weeks after the conclusion of the Chinese Congress in China, enshrining "Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era" into the party constitution.

will deepen relations with its neighbours in accordance with the principles of amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness and the policy of forging friendship and partnership, she said.

"Not just the present, our future too is closely linked, which is why working together for a better tomorrow is a must," Yu said.


First Published: Sat, November 18 2017. 17:01 IST