China stresses on ties with Nepal, India

Modesto Morganelli
Aprile 20, 2018

Surprisingly China and Nepal have agreed on long term vision of a multi-dimensional cross Himalaya connectivity network.

Wang Yi answers questions during a news conference after meeting Nepalese Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali in Beijing on April 18. We believe that such a network, when well-developed, can also create conditions for an economic corridor connecting China, Nepal and India. The BRI covers development of ports, railways, highways, the aviation and power sector and communications.

Gyawali's visit comes a little over a week after Oli travelled to New Delhi - his first trip overseas as prime minister. New Delhi opposes the BRI because one part of it has violated India's sovereignty in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

"As two major emerging economies, China and India shall deliver benefits to their neighbours, Nepal included" Mr. Wang said, stressing that China's big plans to develop connectivity and infrastructure were part of the Belt and the Road Initiative. China also said Nepal could act as a vital link to a possible economic corridor between the three countries, and asked India to be a part of such connectivity projects.

China has called on India to get involved in its connectivity projects with Nepal, saying they should both support the landlocked nation's development in an apparent bid to play down concerns over rivalry between the two Asian giants, a report in the South China Morning Post has said. It looks China is circling India slowly and the present pro-Chinese government in Nepal led by Khadga Prasad Oli provides a right promoter of this proposal. "This is a fact that can not be changed by whatever changes taking place in the world and inside the three countries", Wang said. Nepal stands as a natural beneficiary from cooperation from China and India. "I have a dream to travel to China from Nepal across the Himalayas in a modern train, enjoying the scenic beauty of the Himalayas", Gyawali said.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Nepali Minister of Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali Wednesday in Beijing, vowing to strengthen interconnectivity between the two countries.

Gyawali said Beijing and Kathmandu had agreed to start work on a feasibility study to build a railway from the Tibetan border town of Kyirong to Kathmandu, and from Kathmandu to the central Nepalese city of Pokhara and Buddhist pilgrimage site Lumbini.

Inviting Nepal to participate in the China International Import Export, in Shanghai in November, Wang hoped Nepal would begin economic transformation following the recent political transformation.

Gyawali said his country expects the initiative to contribute to the development of areas such as infrastructure, rail, roads, trade and tourism.

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