Nepal FM on visit to China to reduce trade imbalance, enhance regional peace

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Kathmandu, Sep.8 (ANI): Nepal's Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala left for China on Tuesday. Before embarking on her trip, she said the visit would focus on reducing the trade imbalance between the two countries and to seek support from Beijing on promoting regional peace and timely completion of the constitution-writing task.

Talking to media persons at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Koirala said a proposal for the establishment of a dry port in Tatopani at Nepal-China border will be tabled before China to facilitate bilateral trade.

Additionally, she said that she has a list of 497 Nepali goods for which duty free entry into the Chinese market will be sought.

Koirala further said assistance would be sought for establishment of a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at Pachkhal in Kavre district and upgrading Pokhara's domestic airport into an international airport.

The construction of flyover highways in Kathmandu's busiest points and 40 trucks meant for wastage disposal of Kathmandu's garbage are other proposals Koirala is carrying to table with her Chinese counterpart.

Reiterating government's stand on one-China policy, Koirala was quoted by Nepal News as saying that Nepal would not allow any kind of anti-Chinese activities in its soil, adding her visit will help strengthening Nepal-China ties.

Koirala's China visit is part of the preparation for official visit of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal to that country. (ANI)

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