China has opened the highway link to the public which will connect it to Nepal between Xigaze airport and Xigaze city centre in Tibet.
The 40.4km highway link will shorten the journey from an hour to 30 minutes between the dual-use civil and military airport and Xigaze, the second largest city of Tibet. It will connect the Chinese highways to the Nepal’s national border, which has the potential to boost the tourism, trade and the strategic alliances in the South East Asia.
This new highway can connect the future cross-border Sino-Nepali railway.
The Sino-Nepali railway, which passes through the Chinese border town of Zhangmu and connects with routes in Nepal, will be the first railway by which China enters South Asia.
The Sino-Nepali railway was part of a deal struck by Nepal Deputy Prime Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara when he visited China in early September.
The railway includes two lines, one of which is connecting three of Nepal’s most important cities and two crossing the border between China and Nepal.