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08:39 Jan 26 2011

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Tibet builds continental trade passage to China's South Asian neighbors
08:38, January 26, 2011  

During the past five years, the Tibet Autonomous Region has enhanced its position as a main trade frontier in southwest China by constructing infrastructure, preparing for the establishment of China-Nepal economic cooperation zone and building the "continental trade route to South Asia", according to Xinhua's report at Tibet Economic Work Conference held on Jan. 20 in Lhasa.

Ma Xiangcun, director-general of the regional commerce department said that the trade passage is planned accroding to the Tibet development blueprint of "one line, two bases and three ports", referring to the Qinghai-Tibet-Lhasa-Shigatse railline, the Nagqu logistics center, Lhasa economic and technological zone, and Zham, Gyirong and Gro Mo ports.

The development of the trade route is accompanied by the construction of supporting facilities worth 190 million yuan as well as six trade markets in border areas.

"In the 12th Five-Year Plan period, we'll see that the Tibet market will be basically connected with the international market,' Mr. Ma added.

China shares a long borderline with India, Nepal and other countries, and Tibet serves as a window for trade and communications with China's South Asian neighbors.


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