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Nepal-China Tibet economic, trade fair kicks off

September 11, 2007

[PRC's Official news gency]

KATHMANDU, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- Nepal-China Tibet EconomicandTrade Fair 2007 was kicked off at Birendra InternationalConferenceCenter in Nepali capital Kathmandu on Tuesdaymorning.

At the opening ceremony of the economic and trade fair,RajendraMahato, Nepals minister for industry, commerce andsupplies,welcomed an 81-mr delegation from Chinas Tibet AutonomousRegion,which arrived in Kathmandu on Monday to participate inthefair.

Mahato said, The Tibet Autonomous Region of China and Nepalsharemany things in common due to their geographical proximityandhistorical ties. The bilateral trade relations which haveexistedsince long have been further strengthened over theyears.

He said he believed that the fair is a good opportunity forourbusiness community of both sides to have direct interactionwitheach other and develop a reliable link for trade andinvestmentthrough trade fair like this.

Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Zheng Xianglin said, The recentyearshave witnessed expanding trade and economic cooperationbetweenNepal and the Tibet Autonomous Region.

He said the Chinese side is working hard on the renovationofinfrastructure facilities in Chinese border town Khase, and intheKerong port as the second important pass between thetwocountries.

Head of the delegation and Vice-Chairman of ChinasTibetAutonomous Region Deng Xiaogang thanked the Nepali hosts forthewarm welcome accorded to the delegation. He said, The fairwillfurther strengthen the traditional friendship between thetwopeoples of China and Nepal, enhance the bilateral tradebetweenNepal and Tibet of China.

He said he was fully confident that the sino-Nepalesetraderelations and friendship will improve and grow faster.

Altogether 27 companies from Tibet, one of Chinasautonomousregions, would display their own products at the fair.

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