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"Canada can, within a positive friendly atmosphere, ask the Chinese government to resolve the Tibetan situation."

Extend Tibet rail line to Kathmandu: Nepal to China

October 13, 2009

Shirish B Pradhan
Press Trust of India
October 10, 2009

Kathmandu, Oct 11 (PTI) -- In a demand that may
have strategic geopolitical implications for
India, Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal has
asked China to extend the Beijing-Lhasa railway line to Kathmandu.

"The economic ties between Nepal and China could
be taken to a new height if the railway line that
has reached upto Lhasa from mainland China could
be extended upto Kathmandu, and economic
infrastructure could be developed on the
Himalayan transit points between Nepal and China," Prime Minister Nepal noted.

The 1956 km long Qinghai-Tibet railway is a high
altitude line that connects Xining in Qinghai to
Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous region. This
railway is the first to connect China proper with the remote Tibetan region.

Nepal is committed not to allow anti-China
activity from its soil, the Prime said.
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