Nepal looks to China for trade amid India hiccups

Kathmandu: Nepal has urged China to reopen the two trading points on the Sino-Nepal border amid a diplomatic standoff with New Delhi over its new Constitution and continuous unrest in the country's southern border with India.

Nepalese security personnel at Birgunj, Kathmandu, after protesters blocked a checkpoint between India and Nepal
Nepalese security personnel at Birgunj, Kathmandu, after protesters blocked a checkpoint between India and Nepal

According to reports, the government has urged Beijing to reopen trade routes that have remained out of operation following the April 25 earthquake. They requested Chinese assistance for an early reopening of custom points at Tatopani and Rasuwagadhi, two key trading points between Nepal and China.

“With festivals like Diwali around the corner, we have requested China to resume border operation soon,” said Naindra Prasad Upadhyaya, secretary at the ministry. He added that the Chinese authorities had responded positively.

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