Nepal and China are all set to sign the protocol
of the Nepal-China Transit Transport Agreement during Nepalese President Bidhya
Devi Bhandariís upcoming visit to the northern neighbor to attend the second
Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the invitation of Chinese
President Xi Jinping.
protocol of the Transit Transport Agreement allows Nepal to use the Chinese sea
ports of Shenzen, Lianyungang, Zhanjiang and Tianjin, ending Nepalís sole
dependence on Indian ports for overseas trade.
also been allowed to use Lanzhou, Lhasa and Xigatse land ports (dry ports) in
Tibet. As per the protocol, Nepali traders will be allowed to use any mode of
transportó rail or road ó to access the seaports for third-country trade.
Protocol, which will pave the way for the implementation of the Transit
Transport Agreement, will be exchanged between the two sides in the presence of
Bhandari and Xi. Nepal and China had signed the protocol of the agreement,
during Prime Minister KP Sharma Oliís China visit two years ago.
few revisions, both the governments have endorsed it for formal signing.
Nepalese Government sources said the Cabinet approved the protocol some two
weeks ago and the Chinese government had also endorsed it.
time of the protocolís finalization in September, the two countries had agreed
to formally sign the protocol during a high-level visit from one of the two
protocol is ready for signing. We are just waiting for a high-level visit,Ē
said one of the sources. ďIt will be formally signed and exchanged during the Presidentís
upcoming visit to China.Ē
President Bhandari is scheduled to leave for China on April 24. Her delegation
includes Minister of Industry, Commerce and Supply Matrika Prasad Yadav,
Secretary Adhikari and Nepalís Ambassador to China Lilamani Poudyal.
will address the Belt and Road Forum on April 25. She is also expected to meet
Xi and extend him a formal invitation to visit Nepal.
visit Nepal shortly after Bhandariís visit to Beijing. Although Xi has already
visited South Asian countries, including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh
and Maldives, he has yet to visit Nepal. Chinese leaders and diplomats have
been inquiring Nepali leaders and diplomats on Xi visit to Nepal. Ms.Bhandari
is expected to return home on April 28.
Secretary Shankar Das Bairagi and the then Chinese ambassador to Nepal Yu Hong
had signed a memorandum of understanding on the framework agreement on the Belt
and Road Initiative in Kathmandu in May 2017 when Pushpa Kamal Dahal was
Nepalís prime minister.