At the international border point of Rasuwagadhi (Rasuwa Fort), where Nepal fought two wars in the late 18th century with Tibetan forces and Chinese reinforcements, people now impatiently await the Qinghai-Tibet railway, which many believe will conquer the constraints posed by the Himalayas on Nepal-China trade relations.

They see the train as Nepal’s path to freedom from trade dependence on India, a neighbor about which Nepal harbors suspicions despite being geographically, culturally and socially closer to it than with China.

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