Chinese and Foreign Scholars discussed regional cooperation in the Himalayas amid the COVID-19 Pandemic during an International Symposium on Himalayan Regional Studies held through video link in Beijing.

Under the theme of “Challenges and Cooperation”, Scholars from China, Nepal, Japan, the United States, Britain and Norway discussed the development achieved in the trans-Himalayan region and the ways of tackling challenges posed by COVID-19 Pandemic.

With the contagious disease still threatening the trans-Himalayan region, scholars agreed to strengthen cooperation to fight against the COVID-19 epidemic.

Mrigendra Bahadur Karki, associate professor from the Center for Nepal and Asian Studies of Tribhuvan University highlighted China’s anti-epidemic efforts in an interview with China Central Television after the symposium.

“Now I’m in my own home, not at my office. All offices are closed. Nepal is a poor country, a developing country, so we should learn [from China], because China is the best model in the world these days to combat COVID-19,” said Karki.

Hao Shiyuan, the researcher of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, believed cooperation on vaccines can better help the region fight against COVID-19.

“To further deepen cooperation amid pandemic, we can carry out international exchanges on anti-epidemic measures and vaccine production and supply, which are much needed by most countries,” said Hao.

Also discussed during the symposium were cultural exchanges within the framework of the Belt & Road Initiative. Scholars shared their views on how to accelerate regional cooperation in the post-pandemic era in the region in the fields of economy, trade and people-to-people exchanges.

“Tibet Autonomous Region is now embracing new opportunities for trans-Himalayan cooperation and development. This year is an important year for poverty alleviation. We have a lot of experience on poverty alleviation and would like to share with South Asian countries,” said Jagmotso, a professor from Tibet University’s School of Economics and Management.

The symposium was hosted by the Tibetan Think Tank and the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.