KATHMANDU: Chinese ambassador to Nepal Yu Hong has said that bilateral relations between the two neighbours have developed steadily in recent years.
“China and Nepal are friendly neighbors linked by mountains and rivers. In recent years, the bilateral relations have developed steadily, and we have deepened our cooperation in politics, economy, trade and culture,” ambassador Yu said inaugurating a cultural programme organised on the occasion of Chinese Tibetan Losar here in the capital.
Lauding the role played by the Tibetan community in developing Nepal-China relations, she said, “The continuous development of bilateral relations could not be possible without the support and contribution of Tibetan compatriots in Nepal. I would like to avail myself of this opportunity to thank all of you, looking forward for your non-stop efforts for the development of bilateral relations between China and Nepal.”
The Chinese Tibetan Losar is the most ceremonious traditional festival of Tibetan people. On behalf of the Chinese Embassy in Nepal, I would like to extend my sincere wishes and greetings to all the Tibetan compatriots living in Nepal, and pay tribute to all the friends for your care and support for the development of Tibet, she said.
She said that Tibet Autonomous Region of China had been making a double-digit growth for the last 24 years. “In 2016 ,Tibet enjoyed economic development, social stability and ethnic solidarity, with the gross production in the Tibet Autonomous Region reaching 114.8 billion yuan, representing an increase of 11.5% over the previous year- a double digit growth rate for the 24th year in a row.”
Talking about new development in connectivity between Nepal and China, the Chinese ambassador said, “The first train that connects Guangdong province, Tibet, and Middle-South Asia has opened, starting from Guangzhou, via Lhasa, Kerung to Kathmandu, covering a total length of 6070 km, becoming a highway-railway combined transport channel that links Guangdong, Tibet and Nepal . The success of the inaugural flight of Himalaya Airlines, co-funded by Tibet Airlines Co. Ltd. and Nepal, opened a new page for Tibet Airlines in its path for entering the international market.”