Araniko Highway renovation China's priority, says Chang

KATHMANDU: Visiting Chinese Defence Minister, General Chang Wanquan, on Friday said China would renovate the Araniko Highway in Nepal with a priority.

In a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bimalendra Nidhi at the Ministry of Home Affairs, Singhadarbar today, the visiting leader said he would proceed with discussions and preparations for the same after he would return to China.

The Highway, connecting Lhasa of Tibet with Nepal's Capital Kathmandu, was badly damaged in the 2015 earthquake and the Tatopani border check-point was also closed for months.

Chang also said China was committed to helping Nepal development efforts as a good neighbour, Nidhi's press advisor Ramjee Dahal informed after the meeting.

Other issues relating to Nepal-China relations and mutual interests were discussed during the meeting, according to Dahal.

Acknowledging the Chinese support to security bodies in Nepal, the Home Minister had informed the visiting leader that Nepal would not let its soil be used for anti-China activities as it was committed to the One China policy.

The Chinese Minister is on a three-day visit to Nepal since Thursday.