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Closure of Nepal-China border crossing leaves small businessmen in trouble: Reports Nepal-China
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Closure of Nepal-China border crossing leaves small businessmen in trouble: Reports

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 22 May 2023, 10:15 pm

Beijing: All border crossings between China and Nepal for the past eight years is causing troubles for small businessmen and traders who operate close to the border area.

"However, the closure of all border crossings with China following the earthquake caused a crisis for not only major businessmen but also small shopkeepers near the border. The once vibrant markets adjacent to the Chinese border became deserted, leading to disappointment among the business community," reports Epardafas.

Nepal, the Himalayan nation which is also a neighbour of India, shares a 1,414 km long border with China.

Among the six checkpoints, only Rasuwagadhi and Tatopani are partially operational.

"For the past eight years, all border crossings with China have remained largely closed. This undeclared 'blockade' by China, citing various reasons, has left importers and businessmen desperate," reports epardafas.

Hom Bahadur Basnet, the President of the Sindhupalchowk Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told the news portal that the border was closed and traffic was halted by China after the earthquake.

Prior to the earthquake, the checkpoint was operational, attracting domestic tourists who would come for hot baths, sightseeing, and purchasing inexpensive goods at the border market.

"However, all activities have come to a halt. Some professionals have left the area, while others have migrated to Kathmandu. Tatopani is known as a crucial transit point connecting cities in China," he said.

Kesang Nirpu Tamang, President of the Rasuwa Industry and Commerce Association, expressed that disruptions at the checkpoint have adversely affected the market and businesses in Rasuwagadi. Cargo containers that were previously kept in Rasuwagadi have been redirected to Kerung, leading to a stagnant business environment.