Incident Reports

Nepalese businessmen launch protests against China’s blockade of cross-border trade


Nepalese businessmen launch protests against China’s blockade of cross-border trade Nepalese businessmen have launched protested in the country’s Rasuwa against China’s ‘undeclared blockade’ of cross-border trade. Since the stoppage of trade from China across the crucial Rasuwagadhi border, several Nepali businessmen have suffered serious losses.

During the demonstration, businessmen were present with placards with a message — ‘Ensure smooth movement of containers, ensure the safety of Nepalis living at the border, abide by international trade laws, abide by trade and transit agreements, take initiative for easy trade with China, and end undeclared blockade’ among others.

They said that importing Chinese goods through Rasuwagadhi was very difficult.

Nepali businessmen have also complained that they had to pay a hefty bribe to Chinese agents to import goods across the Earlier, locals had staged a protest against China at Tatopani checkpoint in Sindhupalchowk district bordering China saying that China has imposed an ‘undeclared blockade’, hitting their lives hard.

It should be noted that Nepal’s Industry, Commerce, and Supplies Minister Lekhraj Bhatta had earlier expressed dissatisfaction over China’s recent behavior over trade with Nepal.

He had also slammed China for blocking trade with Nepal for a year under various pretexts.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Nonviolent
Primary Form Demonstration
Primary Cause Other economic issues
Actor 1 - Number of people n/a
Actor 1 - Affiliations Chamber of Commerce and entrepreneur's associations
Actor 1 - Youth na
Actor 2 - Number of people n/a
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Other state institutions
Actor 2 - Youth na
National/Online Media