India’s much feared Nepal-China Rail link soon a reality Telegraph Nepal Indiaâ€™s much feared Chinaâ€™s Beijing-Lhasa Rail will soon appear at the Nepal border, much earlier than expected. Thanks China. This will certainly lessen Nepalâ€™s historical India dependency and perhaps will also signal an end of Indiaâ€™s unnecessary meddling in Nepalâ€™s political affairs that began with Indiaâ€™s independence in 1947. The Nepali population may not have to fear India imposed repeated economic blockades then. Nepali political leaders will also be free to make their own decisions. To recall, the sixteen month long economic blockade imposed by India beginning March 23, 1989, had ended with regime change in the beleaguered nation, with India declaring Status Quo Ante, June 10, 1990. The June 10 agreement signed by Nepal PM K. P. Bhattarai is very close to yet another coercive Nepal-India Treaty. â€œThe initial plan was to connect Tibetan Capital Lhasa to Khasa of Sindhupalchowk District via Shigatse. But due to the difficulty of terrain and the rugged mountains, the Chinese have diverted the rail track towards Kerung of Rasuwa Districtâ€, confirms Hridayesh Tripathi-Nepalâ€™s new Minister for Physical Planning and Works. The total distance from Shigatse to Lhasa is about 350 Kilometers whereas from Shigatse to Kerung is just 275 Kilometers. The Chinese government has already developed Kerung as the special economic zone as per Nepali request. The Rail track from Lhasa will be connected to Shigatse by 2012, reports Kantipur Daily, November 22, 2011. Minister Tripathi also informs that during the impending visit of Prime Minister Wen Jiabao to Nepal, the government will appeal China for its benevolent support for the upgradation of the Kathmandu Ring Road and also to help Nepal construct highways connecting Chinese border with the Indian borders. The government has plans to construct at least four highways, claims Tripathi. The four highways that the government plans to construct with the Chinese support are Hilsa-Simikot, Syafrubesi-Rasuwagadhi-Kerung, Khadbari-Kimathanka and Jomsom-Koral. Report also claims that the proposal will be forwarded to the Chinese government during the six day trip of Foreign Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha to Beijing. Minister Shrestha will leave along with nine Foreign Ministry officials for Beijing Tuesday November 22, 2011.