China's President Xi Jinping and his Nepali counterpart Bidhya Devi Bhandar at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing during the Belt and Road Forum gathering. Photo: AFP

China and Nepal sign off on ports deal to ease Kathmandu’s dependence on India for trade

  • Nepal must wait until infrastructure is improved to begin trade through China
  • Kathmandu turned to Beijing after 2015 Indian blockade led to economic crisis
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China's President Xi Jinping and his Nepali counterpart Bidhya Devi Bhandar at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing during the Belt and Road Forum gathering. Photo: AFP
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Catherine Wong

Catherine Wong

Catherine Wong is a reporter with the South China Morning Post in Beijing, where she focuses on China’s diplomacy and defence policy.