KATHMANDU, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- Nepalese politicians and diplomats on Friday stressed the enhanced connectivity between China and Nepal under the Belt and Road initiative.
Various speakers addressed the interaction on "Trans-Himalayan Cooperation in the context of Nepal-China Friendship" organized by Nepal China Himalayan Friendship Society here in Nepal's capital.
"Nepal and China have a long history of trading relationship and it needs to be further strengthened to a new height," said Ramsharan Mahat, a leader from the Nepali Congress Party.
"China is currently the second largest economy of the world. As a neighbor Nepal should learn from China on how to achieve economic growth," he said.
Top Bahadur Rayamajhi, a leader from Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Center) stressed on enhancing the connectivity between Nepal and China.
"The two countries should open more transit routes to strengthen our cross-border transport connectivity and economic cooperation in the days to come," he said.
Nepalese diplomat Hiranyalal Shrestha said that Nepal can serve as a bridge between China and South Asia.
Cooperation between China, Nepal and India under the Belt and Road initiative will serve the interests in the socio-economic development of the entire South Asian region, he said.
Addressing the program, Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Yu Hong said the two countries are working to enhance bilateral economic, social, political relationship under the Belt and Road initiative.
She said that Nepal and China are friendly neighbors surrounded by rivers and mountains.