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Chinese soldiers dispatched to Nepal for highway repair

Updated: Aug 2,2015 2:22 PM     Xinhua

LHASA — An emergency squad of Chinese armed police officers were sent to Nepal on Aug 1 to repair a highway blocked by landslide.

Upon receiving an emergency aid request from the Nepalese government, China’s State Council and Central Military Commission decided to dispatch 100 armed police officers for the China-Nepal Highway repair.

They entered Nepal on Aug 1 through the Zham port on the Nepal-China border.

Chinese armed police had taken part in the Nepal mega-quake relief in April and May.

The squad will be faced with difficulty and danger as the Nepalese part of the highway is severely damaged by days of downpour, which may continue for another 20 days, said Fu Ling, commander in chief of the Chinese armed police traffic relief commandos.

The 943-km China-Nepal Highway connects Lhasa, capital of Tibet autonomous region in southwest China, with the Nepalese capital of Katmandu. It was put into use in July 1965.

Aug 1 also marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of China-Nepal diplomatic ties.