Nepal to Set up Consulate General in Chengdu

Authors: Go Chengdu

2019-10-24

Let's look back on the cooperation and exchanges Chengdu and Nepal have conducted so far.
According to the Joint Statement between the People's Republic of China and Nepal released October 13 on the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China, at the invitation of Rt. Hon. Bidya Devi Bhandari, President of Nepal, H.E. Xi Jinping, President of the PRC, paid a state visit to Nepal from 12 to 13 October, 2019.
During the visit, leaders of the two countries reached broad understanding through in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relationship and regional and international issues of common concern, and "the Chinese side consented to the establishment of Nepal's Consulate General in Chengdu, Sichuan Province of China".
With much anticipation of the official establishment of the consulate general, let's look back on the cooperation and exchanges Chengdu and Nepal have conducted so far.
Air Link
In 2012, the Air China opened the first direct flight between Chengdu and Katmandu, and now there are nine non-stop air links between the two cities.
Sister-city, Friendly and Cooperative Relationships
In May 2000, Chengdu and Patan established a friendly and cooperative relationship.
In December 2016, Chengdu and Katmandu established a sister-city tie with the aim of enhancing the mutual cooperation and exchanges in tourism, culture, infrastructure, information technology and other fields.
Collaboration in Trade and Business
In 2018, the total import and export volume between Chengdu and Nepal reached RMB115.49 billion, up 85.76% year on year.
To date, more than 80 Chengdu companies have established direct business ties with Nepal. Chengdu Xingcheng Investment Group Co., Ltd. invested in and developed three cascade hydropower projects in Nepal.
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Cultural and People-to-people Exchanges
In June, the "Panda Chengdu", an event aimed to promote Chengdu culture all over the world and exchanges with foreign countries and regions, was held in Katmandu and Patan.
In September, Chengdu sent a delegation to Katmandu to attend the Indra Jatra Festival, one of the most exciting and revered festivals of the Newar community in the Kathmandu Valley.
In the recent years, some civil servants from Katmandu municipal government attended seminars in Chengdu, and several artists from Nepal created sculptures for Chengdu.
In 2001, Sichuan University's West China School of Medicine and West China School of Stomatology started admitting students from Nepal.
Currently, more than 130 Nepali students are studying in Sichuan.

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