Hou Yanqi, China’s ambassador to Nepal, has stated that China will supply Nepal with additional COVID-19 vaccines as needed. She said this during a press conference held virtually this morning.
She stated that China has supplied vaccines to over a hundred countries, including Nepal, and that as China’s vaccine production capacity has increased, more vaccines will be supplied to Nepal as needed.
In response to a question about the non-disclosure purchase process between Nepal and a Chinese company, the Chinese ambassador stated that the procedure followed was standard international practice.
Concerning the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Ambassador Hou stated that Nepal is an important partner in the BRI and expressed her hope that many more projects will be implemented in the future as part of the BRI.
She also cited the completion of the reconstruction of Kathmandu’s Durbar High School, as well as the near completion of the Pokhara regional airport and the Gautam Buddha Airport, as examples of BRI projects in Nepal.
When asked about the difficulties in exporting Nepali products to China via the Kerung and Tatopai border points, the Chinese ambassador blamed the problem on the restrictions imposed to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and hoped that the concerned border authorities would take the necessary measures to ease the export and import of goods.