Nepal bans one-day trip to Tibetan town on China's request

  • Utpal Parashar, Hindustan Times, Kathmandu
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  • Updated: Nov 04, 2012 17:02 IST

Nepal has temporarily banned its citizens from entering the Tibetan border town of Khasa following a request by China ahead of Chinese Communist Party's 18th National Congress starting November 8.

The ban, which began on Sunday, will continue till November 25 and prevent Nepalis from taking one-day trips to the small market town bordering Nepal's Sindhupalchowk district.

The decision follows a request by Chinese authorities to Nepali counterparts during a meeting on Saturday citing threat of border security during the important political development in Beijing,

The border town known as Zhangmu in Tibetan is frequented by many Nepali traders and residents from Sidhupalchowk and Dolakha districts to buy  essentials or work.

One-day permits are provided to all Nepali citizens based on their citizenship cards. The new development won't affect movement of those wanting to visit the town using passports.

Khasa is also the point through which Chinese goods are imported to Nepal using the 800-km long Friendship Highway connecting Lhasa, capital of Tibetan Autonomous Region, to Khasa.

 

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