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Belt and Road

Belt and Road reaches Nepal's wild north, winning China influence

Highways, bridges and dams flow from infrastructure bonanza

All mobile phones sold in Nepal are made in China and the Chinese WeChat application is the most popular means of communication. (Photo by Tom Vater)

TIMURE, Nepal -- Some 140 km to the north of Nepal's capital Kathmandu, China's "Belt and Road" infrastructure plan is in full swing.

"On the Chinese side, the road is so smooth that it looks like Switzerland; on the Nepalese side, it's a disco road all the way from Kathmandu to the border," sighs Indra Bahadur Tamang.

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