The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiatives are aimed at building a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa. Photograph: (AFP)
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal said the trade network will greatly benefit Nepal and further strengthen ties with China
Nepal prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Friday reiterated readiness to participate in China's ambitious "One Belt, One Road" initiative, saying his country wanted to be benefited from the endeavour.
The prime minister, at his meeting with the Chinese minister of state administration for industry and commerce Zhang Mao, expressed confidence that the development project could benefit the land-locked country.
The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiatives are aimed at building a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa, along the ancient trade routes of Silk Road.
The prime minister assured their active participation in Chinese President Xi Jinping's pet projects. "Relationship between Nepal and China has remained trouble-free for ages and needs to be further strengthened. I believe that frequent exchanges of high-level visits help to enhance our ties," foreign relations advisor to the Prime Minister Rishi Raj Adhikari quoted Dahal.
The visiting Chinese minister lauded the conducive environment for Chinese companies and the timely implementation of Nepal-China joint projects. With nearly three billion people inhabiting areas covered by the proposed economic belt, it represents the biggest market in the world with unparalleled potential.
(WION with inputs from agencies)