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Nepal to join hands with China on Tibet-Kathmandu railway

Landlocked nation wants to connect to world economy, minister says

A railway guard walks along the tracks in Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region. Nepal and China are looking to build a rail link over their border.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- 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 told Nikkei in a recent interview.

The plan is to extend the railway from Lhasa to Xigaze in Tibet, which opened in 2014, by 660 km to reach Nepal's capital of 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 infrastructure-building initiative.

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