Nathula Border Trade On Halt Due To Significant Rise in Coronavirus Cases

The annual operation of Nathu-la will run from 1 May to 30 November for seven months. But just 4 days a week, from Monday to Thursday, are exchanged

The Sikkim government has agreed to advise the Centre, considering the coronavirus pandemic, to discontinue its trade with China via Nathu-la border route temporarily.

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On 1 May, trading may commence.

The Himalayan State in fact agreed to decline to reopen the trade route Nathu-la and will approach the Center in one or two days in that regard, said Panth, the Sikkim Trade and Industry minister.

“As you all know, China is the epicentre of the coronavirus, and in such a situation, we have decided against reopening the border trade. Since this is a matter of international relationship, we will intimate the Union government of our decision,” he told reporters on Wednesday.

The Center definitely will take Sikkim’s proposal into account and suspend trade this year, a senior official from the state government said.

Sikkim is the country’s only free Covid-19 province.

The annual operation of Nathu-la will run from 1 May to 30 November for seven months.   But just 4 days a week, from Monday to Thursday, are exchanged. Around 500 merchants and more than 300 state-owned vehicles are involved in the border exchange that started again in 2006, 44 years after the Chinese aggression in 1962 ended.

Around 8:30 pm local time on Monday and Tuesday nearly 40,000 new cases were registered.
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