December 8, 2022
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China, Nepal explore feasibility of cross-border power grid

By on March 26, 2022 0

KATHMANDU, March 26 (Reuters) – China and Nepal will conduct a feasibility study to build a high-voltage power transmission line across the Himalayas to facilitate power exchange, officials said on Saturday. .

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Nepalese counterpart Narayan Khadka witnessed the signing of an agreement following talks in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.

Nepal faces power shortages during the dry season and the planned grid would alleviate the problem through imports from China.

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In recent years, Beijing has spent millions of dollars building or upgrading highways, airports, power stations and hospitals in Nepal, keen to gain influence over the country which acts as a natural buffer between itself and the country. ‘India.

In 2019, China and Nepal agreed to conduct a feasibility study for a rail network under Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative, which Nepal joined in 2017. But no progress has been made. has yet been made for this purpose, officials said.

Wang’s visit comes a month after Nepal’s parliament approved a controversial $500 million infrastructure grant from the United States. Communist party supporters, including some ruling alliance allies, have questioned America’s motive.

Wang arrived in Nepal on Friday after a trip to India. He handed over the new international airport built with a $216 million Chinese loan in the resort town of Pokhara, 125 km (80 miles) west of Kathmandu.

The airport is expected to be operational by the end of this year, project manager Binesh Munakarmi told Reuters.

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Reporting by Gopal Sharma, editing by Rupam Jain and Christina Fincher

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