KATHMANDU, Jan. 11 -- The Embassy of Japan in Kathmandu has made some clarifications over a news report which quoted Japanese foreign ministry Spokesperson Natsuka Sakata and was published in Thursday's edition of Republica.

In a clarification note sent to Republica on Thursday, the embassy said that Spokesperson Sakata had said that any infrastructure project under China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) needs to be economically viable and, therefore, needs to be of high quality. "Her comment was that the low-quality infrastructure which will worn out soon should be no point, infrastructure itself must be long-standing," the note said.

Republica in its news report titled "Financial support for BRI projects should be concessional: Japan" h...