Kathmandu : China has agreed to allow Nepal to use their four seaports and three land ports for the third country trade.
Nepal can use Shenzen, Lianyungang, Zhanjiang and Tianjin, the latter one being the nearest sea port at the distance of around 3,300 Kilometres from Nepali border.
On Tuesday Nepali and Chinese teams carried out field visits of Kurintar in Chitwan where the proposed Nepal-China rail is expected to cross as well as a new north-south corridor to be built. They examined the road condition and geography of the area.
During the second round of talks in Beijing, the Nepali side made a visit to Tianjin sea port and inspected the facilities there. The two sides made little headway during the talks held on July 10 and 11, with some technical issues remaining as stumbling blocks.
With this landmark agreement between two countries Nepal’s long-standing dependency on Indian seaports and using transit facilities for third country trade is likely to end.