Chinese Railway To Nepal Border By 2020

If a recent article in Chinese media Global Times is any indication, a train from Beijing to Bihar will be a realty in next decade. China wants to extend its Nepal rail link to India

July 2, 2017, 9:03 a.m.

If a recent article in Chinese media Global Times is any indication, a train from Beijing to Bihar will be a reality in next decade. China wants to extend its Nepal rail link to India.

Chinese authorities are discussing with Nepalese authorities regarding a cross-border railroad link to the Rasuwagadhi.

Having already expanded its influence in Nepal with road and rail network through Tibet, China is now looking to stretch its railway link to Bihar to improve connectivity with India and South Asia, Chinese media reported.

China's railroad is expected to reach Nepal border by 2020, an article in the state-run Global Times said

This rail line makes it possible to connect China to India as the distance from Rasuwagadhi to Birgunj, which borders Bihar is only 240 km, the article said

For Bihar, trade with China through the rail link will be easier along this route than through Kolkata, saving time, cost and distance, it said.

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"The railroad connection to China is not only important for Nepal and Nepalese people's future development but also has the capacity to build connectivity with the whole of South Asia. The government of Nepal has the chance to make history," the article said

It also criticized attempts to block major projects in Nepal

"Unfortunately due to oversensitivity, some major projects were aborted before even a brick was laid. So the Nepali government must play a key role in bringing all the stakeholders into a sufficient consensus," it said

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