Beijing, August 12
China and Nepal ought to firmly help one another’s core pursuits and main considerations, a senior Chinese official mentioned on Wednesday as the 2 international locations held their annual diplomatic consultations.
The 13th spherical of diplomatic consultations between China’s Vice Foreign Minister Luo Zhaohui and Nepal’s Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi through video conferencing got here amidst Beijing’s deepening political and diplomatic affect within the Himalayan nation, together with shoring-up help for pro-China Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli within the backdrop of intra-party feud within the ruling Communist Party.
Luo mentioned that the 2 sides ought to deal with implementing the outcomes of final yr’s Nepal go to of President Xi Jinping, strengthening cooperation in combating COVID-19 and collectively constructing the “One Belt One Road” initiative.
A pet challenge of Xi, the initiative focuses on enhancing connectivity and cooperation amongst Asian international locations, Africa, China and Europe.
The two sides ought to firmly help one another’s core pursuits and main considerations, strengthen coordination in worldwide and regional affairs, and promote larger growth of bilateral relations in such areas as connectivity, growth help, defence, legislation enforcement and safety, and people-to-people and cultural exchanges, the Chinese Foreign Ministry mentioned in an announcement right here.
China’s investments below its multibillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) embody the constructing of the Trans-Himalayan Multi-Dimensional Connectivity Network by way of Tibet.
China’s high-profile tasks embody the development of tunnels alongside the highway from Jilong in Tibet to Kathmandu, the institution of a science and expertise college in Nepal, growth of the three North-South corridors in Nepal – Koshi, Gandaki and Karnali – and the Nepal-China electrical energy cooperation.
According to a latest article by Nepal’s ambassador to China Mahendra Bahadur Pandey in Chinese official media, plans are afoot on a number of the landmark tasks within the areas of infrastructure, business and schooling that had been agreed upon to be initiated in Nepal throughout Xi’s go to.
Last month for the primary time, China held its first international ministers stage assembly with Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nepal throughout which they mentioned cooperation to comprise COVID-19, financial restoration and resumption of the BRI tasks.
Bairagi mentioned Nepal will proceed to firmly adhere to the ‘One-China’ coverage and help China’s positions on points regarding Taiwan, Tibet and Hong Kong, the assertion added. PTI