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Nepal asks China to extend Tibet railway line to Kathmandu

Last Updated: Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 19:59

Kathmandu: In a demand that may have
strategic geopolitical implications for India, Prime Minister
Madhav Kumar Nepal has asked China to extend the Beijing-Lhasa
railway line to Kathmandu.

"The economic ties between Nepal and China could be
taken to a new height if the railway line that has reached
upto Lhasa from mainland China could be extended upto
Kathmandu, and economic infrastructure could be developed on
the Himalayan transit points between Nepal and China," Prime
Minister Nepal noted.

The 1956 km long Qinghai-Tibet railway is a high
altitude line that connects Xining in Qinghai to Lhasa,
capital of Tibet Autonomous region. This railway is the first
to connect China proper with the remote Tibetan region.

Nepal is committed not to allow anti-China activity
from its soil, the Prime said.

"I would like to assure our Chinese friends to become
assured on behalf of Nepal that the Himalayan republic will
not allow any anti-China activities on its soil," the Prime
Minister said, inaugurating the Chinese cultural festival in
Kathmandu yesterday.

Nepal is fully committed to the One China policy and
that the basis of Nepal-China relations is the Panchasheel or
the five principle of peaceful coexistence, he said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 19:59

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