Railway line

Prime Minister of Nepal Mr. K.P. Sharma Oli is all set to visit China for five days which will be the first visit after his re-election. The agenda of his visit will include the two countries signing a number of agreements. A couple of major agreements include energy cooperation and construction of railway line that connects Kerung in Tibet to the capital of Nepal Kathmandu.

The Nepal Prime Minister will be in China from June 19 to 24, 2018. During his visit to China, a number of projects under the Belt and Road initiative and even China’s plan for India-Nepal-China economic corridor are expected to be discussed by the two powers. The upcoming visit is also expected to strengthen the bilateral ties and will also promote cooperation between China and Nepal. Ganesh Shah, the member of the Communist Party of Nepal Standing Committee said that about half a dozen MoUs will be signed between the two countries during the official visit of Prime Minister Oli.

Talking about the railway line, a feasibility study will be conducted and is expected to be complete within four years. Shah added that an agreement will also be signed for energy cooperation between China and Nepal. An agreement will be done to form a permanent government to government mechanism between the two countries that will look after the various projects that are constructed under the Chinese assistance.

Oli had earlier visited China in 2016 and had widened the China-Nepal ties by signing a transit trade treaty with China. This reduced the dependence of Nepal on India and had sought expansion of road links through Tibet apart from the extension of the railway network of China to Nepal through the Himalayas. After the re-election of Oli, his first foreign visit was to India when he visited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a steady relation between India and Nepal.

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