Nepal is an important partner in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and the bilateral cooperation between the two countries in various fields has made positive progress, said Ambassador of China to Nepal, Hou Yanqi. She said this during a virtual press conference held by the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu today.
She added that the Kathmandu Durbar High School Reconstruction Project which had been initiated through technical and financial assistance from China had been completed and handed over to the Nepali side. Hou also said the pre-feasibility study of the Tokha-Chhahare Tunnel Project has been completed.
Ambassador Hou mentioned the construction of Pokhara International Airport and Gautam Buddha International Airport was progressing well and the construction of the third phase of Araniko Highway Long-term Opening Maintenance Project has also been started. “Trans-Himalayan multi-dimensional connectivity network is gradually taking shape," she said.
China has actively carried out international cooperation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic since its outbreak and is committed to ensuring accessibility and affordability of vaccines in developing countries, she said.
"Till date, China has provided over 450 million doses of vaccines to nearly 100 countries including Nepal. The first batch of the vaccines procured by Nepal from China has arrived. I wish the vaccines will play an important role in building an immune firewall for the Nepali people," she shared.
According to the Chinese ambassador, the Communist Party of China stands ready to continue to work with political parties and political organisations of all countries including Nepal, to make even greater contributions to the building of a community with a shared future for mankind, high-quality development of BRI, and a better world.