Development in Tibet exemplary: President Bhandari

Lhasa, may 1: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has lauded the unprecedented development in China and Tibet, while noting that a visit to Tibet Autonomous Region was inevitable as it the region that links Nepal in the north with China. President Bhandari was speaking at a meeting held here on Tuesday with the Chinese Communist Party Secretary in TAR, Wu Yingjie.

During the meeting held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she said that though China has a long history of a people’s republic, Nepal was only 11 years old. Stating that China has maintained good relations with all political parties in Nepal, she said the development endeavours of China and Tibet will be exemplary for every political leader in Nepal. “I belong to no political party and I am every Nepali’s President,” she said.

On the occasion, Foreign Minister Pradip Kumar Gyawali said Tibet could play a significant role in the border area development between China and Nepal, including in the Belt and Road Initiative. Stating that the Tatopani customs would resume from coming May, he stressed on opening up other transit points as well.

“Transborder economic development involving the 15 districts in the mountainous region would be highly beneficial for both countries,” he said.
Chinese Communist Party Secretary Wu gave assurances to work on the development of railway network between Tibet and Nepal, and on the projects

in the mountain region.Secretary Wu also hosted a dinner reception in honour of President Bhandari. At the invitation of her Chinese counterpart, President Bhandari is currently on a nine-day State visit of China since April 24.

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