China-Nepal border port reopens

Kathmandu, Oct 13 (IANS) A major China-Nepal border port in China’s Tibet region reopened on Tuesday after it was disrupted by the quake that hit Nepal on April 25.

The road leading to the port finally reopened after months of repair, allowing the port to operate again, Xinhua quoted Sun Lijun, head of the port’s management committee, as saying.

He predicted trade at the port will see explosive growth after a huge fall in border trade following the quake. Nepal has been Tibet’s largest trade partner since 2006.

The port, about 130 km away from capital Kathmandu, used to be the largest port linking the two countries, but it gradually lost its influence due to weak infrastructure.

At the end of last year, the port was expanded to boost bilateral economic and tourism development.

In 2014, the foreign trade volume of Tibet dropped by nearly 33 percent year-on-year, largely due to a major landslide in Nepal that disrupted road traffic between Tibet and the Tatopani Port in Nepal from August to October.

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