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China Signals Readiness to Reopen Trade Routes with Nepal Says DPM

Discussions prioritized mutual assistance and cooperation.
April 3, 2024
China Trade Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Narayan Kaji Shrestha, informed the House of Representatives that China has expressed willingness to reopen 14 traditional trade routes between the two nations. The routes had been closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking at a session of the lower house of the Federal Parliament, DPM Shrestha emphasized the positive outcomes of his recent visit to China. He outlined the enhanced coordination and collaboration established with Chinese authorities to expand cooperation.

This visit has undeniably strengthened the mutual goodwill, respect, and trust between our two countries, elevating our historic and friendly relations to new levels,” Shrestha stated.

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DPM Shrestha noted that discussions centered on establishing a joint commission at the Foreign Ministers’ level to facilitate high-level consultations on various aspects of Nepal-China relations. The Chinese side responded positively to this proposal.

The visit also resulted in the finalization of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Implementation Plan, signaling progress on joint projects. Minister Shrestha extended an invitation to his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, to visit Nepal, and both sides committed to implementing existing agreements and regularizing meetings between established mechanisms.

Discussions prioritized mutual assistance and cooperation, aiming to bolster the centuries-old, multi-dimensional, and friendly relationship between Nepal and China.

The Chinese side reacted favorably to various requests from Nepal. These included ensuring trans-border pastureland for border communities, resuming the Kathmandu-Lhasa direct bus service, and establishing multi-dimensional labs along the border.

Both sides envision expanding transnational roadways, air flight services, and electricity transmission lines to improve Nepal-China connectivity. Moreover, there is a shared interest in collaborating on agriculture, tourism, hydropower, and infrastructure projects.

DPM Shrestha encouraged both the Chinese government and private sector investors to participate in the Nepal Investment Summit and support Nepal’s Visit Year 2025 initiative.

The visit, which occurred from March 24 to March 31, was initiated at the invitation of Communist Party of China (CPC) Political Bureau Central Committee member and China’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Wang Yi.

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