Kathmandu, December 27
A high-level Chinese delegation led by a vice minister of the Communist Party of China on Sunday called on Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari ahead of meeting other top leaders to patch up differences between the two warring factions of the ruling Nepal Communist Party, a week after the surprise dissolution of Parliament and subsequent political turmoil.
Vice minister of the International Department of the CPC Guo Yezhou, who arrived here on Sunday morning in what is believed to be China’s desperate attempt to avert a vertical split in the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), met President Bhandari at the Rastrapati Bhawan.
They discussed matters relating to further strengthening centuries-old bilateral relations, said an official at the President’s office.
Mending rift in NCP
- Vice minister of the International Department of the Communist Party of China Guo Yezhou will encourage both factions of the NCP to seek some kind of common ground for party unity
- He will communicate the message of Chinese leadership, including that of President Xi Jinping’s, to the NCP leaders
- This is not the first time China has intervened in Nepal’s internal affairs at a time of crisis
- In May, Chinese envoy to Nepal Hou Yanqi held meetings with top leaders when Oli was facing mounting pressure to step down
- Several political leaders had termed the meetings an interference in Nepal’s internal political affairs
Guo, who personally knows all senior NCP leaders, is scheduled to meet Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Monday, according to sources.
He will also hold meetings with senior political leaders, including NCP’s executive chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal, who has replaced Oli as chairman of the Prachanda-led faction of the party, and chairman of Janata Samajwadi Party Baburam Bhattarai, according to sources.
The Chinese embassy here and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are tight-lipped about Guo’s visit.
His visit is aimed at “taking stock of Nepal’s evolving political situation after the dissolution of the House of Representatives and subsequent split in the ruling NCP amid already-deepened intra-party rift”, a newspaper reported.
China is not happy with the split in the largest communist party of Nepal, according to sources.
Guo will make efforts to patch up differences between the two warring factions of the ruling party — one led by Oli and the other led by Prachanda — during his four-day stay in Nepal, according to another daily.
Earlier, Gou travelled to Kathmandu in February 2018 when Oli-led CPN-UML and Prachanda-led NCP (Maoist Centre) were all set to merge and form a unified communist party following victory of their alliance in the 2017 general elections. Later in May, 2018, the two communist parties merged and formed a new party named Nepal Communist Party, the paper said.
Gou will assess the situation inside the ruling party and will encourage both factions of the NCP to seek some kind of common ground for party unity, the daily said, quoting party leaders. He will communicate the message of Chinese leadership, including that of President Xi Jinping’s, to the NCP leadership, a ruling party leader said. — PTI
Beijing’s Growing profile in kathmandu
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