China urged to reopen closed trading points

Kathmandu, Sept 30: The government has sought the cooperation of the Chinese government in reopening its trading points at the Nepal-China border at the earliest.

In a meeting held at the Ministry of Commerce and Supplies in Singha Durbar today, Ngaindra Prasad Upadhyay, Secretary at the Ministry of Commerce and Supplies, urged the Chinese ambassador to Nepal, Wu Chuntai for China’s positive intervention in facilitating trade through the reoperation of the closed trade points.

The two key trading points with China, the Rasuwagadhi Trading Point in Rasuwa and the Tatopani Trading Point in Sindhupalchowk district have been closed following the April 25 earthquake and its repercussions.

Emerging from the meeting, Upadhyay told RSS, “We have made a request with the Chinese government for their cooperation in reopening the closed transit points with China and to help ease off the import of the essentials to Nepal on the onset of biggest festivals in Nepal.”

The request has been made at the time when supplies from India have been affected by agitation in the Terai region for over 40 days.

In response, Chinese ambassador Chuntai assured that the Chinese sides were effortful to this end. He expressed his confidence that the trading will be easier in few days.