Having expanded its influence in Nepal with road and rail network through Tibet, China is now looking to stretch its railway link to Bihar to improve connectivity with India and South Asia, state-run Chinese media reported. A cross-border railroad link to the Rasuwagadhi area in Nepal has already been discussed between the two countries.
China´s railroad is expected to reach the Nepal border by 2020, an article in the state-run Global Times said. This makes it possible to connect China to India since the distance from Rasuwagadhi to Birgunj, which borders Bihar, is only 240 km.
For Bihar, trade with China through the rail link will be easier along this route than through Kolkata, saving time, cost and distance.´The connection to China is not only important for Nepal and Nepalese people´s future development, but also has the capacity to build connectivity with the whole of South Asia.
The government of Nepal has the chance to make history,´ the article said.