Tibet-kathmandu railway soon
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."