Ti­bet-kath­mandu rail­way soon

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Nepal will work with China to link its cap­i­tal to Ti­bet by rail as the Hi­malayan na­tion strength­ens ties with its giant north­ern neigh­bor to pro­pel its de­vel­op­ment, For­eign Min­is­ter Pradeep Gyawali re­vealed. The plan is to ex­tend the rail­way from Lhasa to Xigaze in Ti­bet, which opened in 2014, by 660 km to reach Kath­mandu. This would be the first rail link that crosses the Nepal-china bor­der, and is just one facet of China's drive to ex­pand its in­flu­ence through the Belt and Road in­fras­truc­ture­build­ing ini­tia­tive. "Nepal is a land­locked coun­try. To be de­vel­oped, we need more and more con­nec­tiv­ity," Gyawali said. "We can im­port goods at lower cost. The main pur­pose of the train project is to link to the sec­ond-largest econ­omy of the globe."

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