Direct flights between Chengdu and Bhairahawa
State 5 Chief Minister Shankar Pokhrel has expressed his concern over the healthy relation between Lumbini and China. In a meeting with Ambassador of China to Nepal Hou Yanqi, he pointed out the importance of making relations between Lumbini and the heritage sites of China, lively. Ambassador Hou is on a visit to the Buddhist heritage sites including Lumbini and Tilaurakot of Kapilvastu.
Speaking at the Office of the Chief Minister and Council of Ministers on Wednesday, he stated the Buddhist culture and Lumbini are the means for the fostering of relations between the two countries. He expressed the need of at least one big industrial estate to be built according to the Chinese model. He believed that Chinese experience would improve the service of Lumbini Provincial Hospital and Rapti Provincial Hospital. He stated that the experiencing agriculture commercialisation and industrial development of China’s Sichuan province would also be useful.
On the occasion, CM Pokhrel, through Ambassador Hou, extended an invitation to the Sichuan province governor to visit State-5. Sichuan province and State 5 have sisterly relations. Recalling his visit to Sichuan province and the discussions regarding new technology in agriculture with the agriculture scientists there, he urged the Chinese ambassador to extend cooperation in technology transfer by bringing the agriculture scientists and experts from Sichuan to Nepal. He added that the State 5 government has set the goal of contributing to the development of the entire country by making the State prosperous through commercialization of agriculture and tourism promotion.
Chief Minister Pokhrel also spoke on the possibility of exchange of visits of students of Lumbini Buddhist University and Nepal Sanskrit University of Nepal and the Confucius University which is considered an important centre of ancient learning in China. He also invited the Chinese ambassador to Lumbini on the occasion of the conclusion of Lumbini Viist Year and the Buddha Jayanti ceremony.
Chinese Ambassador Hou congratulated Chief Minister Pokhrel for the achievement the State 5 has made in economic development, “China would always support Nepal in its development endeavours and it was with Nepal at present as well when the latter was moving ahead on the path of rapid development.” ambassador Hou said. She said that the bilateral relations has reached to further elevation following the visit of Chinese President to Nepal and Nepali President to China.
Stating Lumbini was a major destination for Chinese visitors, ambassador Hou said support for operating direct flights between Chengdu of Sichuan and Bhairahawa would be extended. She believed that it would strengthen the relation between State 5 and Sichuan, the press note stated.