Want to push for continued development of China-Nepal ties: Xi

Beijing, August 1

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday stated he desires to push for a continued development of ties with Nepal amidst Beijing’s sustained forays to shore up pro-China Prime Minister Ok P Sharma Oli’s grip on energy within the backdrop of intra-party feud within the ruling communist celebration.

In an alternate of congratulatory messages together with his Nepalese counterpart Bidhya Devi Bhandari on the 65th anniversary of the institution of diplomatic relations, Xi asserted that he was able to work to convey better advantages to the 2 peoples of the 2 neighbouring nations.

The Chinese President stated he attaches nice significance to the event of China-Nepal relations and is prepared to work together with his Nepali counterpart Bhandari to push for the continued development of the bilateral relationship.

Xi, additionally General Secretary of the ruling Communist Party of China, stated because the institution of the diplomatic ties, the 2 nations have all the time revered one another, handled one another as equals, enhanced political mutual belief and deepened mutually helpful cooperation.

Noting that he and Bhandari exchanged visits final yr and elevated the bilateral ties to a strategic partnership of cooperation that includes ever-lasting friendship for growth and prosperity, Xi stated the 2 sides have stood collectively via thick and skinny within the battle in opposition to the COVID-19 and have written a brand new chapter of friendship between China and Nepal, state-run Xinhua information company reported.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and his Nepalese counterpart Oli too exchanged greetings.

“Highlighting the deep-rooted cordial friendship since ages, the Prime Minister (Oli) underlined that Nepal has consistently maintained the ‘One China Policy’ and China has always respected Nepal’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence,” Nepal’s Foreign Ministry stated in a press release.

Nepal’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, in his message to China’s State Councillor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi, appreciated Wang’s position in strengthening the bilateral ties, it stated.

Wang expressed his “willingness to work together with Gyawali to strengthen communication and cooperation, implement the important consensus reached between the leaders and make a positive contribution to the development of China-Nepal Strategic partnership of cooperation featuring ever-lasting friendship for development and prosperity”, the assertion stated.

Nepal and China established their diplomatic relations on August 1, 1955.

China’s political profile in Nepal has been on the rise within the latest years with billions of {dollars} of investments beneath Beijing’s multi-billion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), together with the constructing of the Trans-Himalayan Multi-Dimensional Connectivity Network.

Besides the investments, China’s ambassador to Kathmandu Hou Yanqi has made open efforts to garner help for Oli, who confronted an enormous insurrection in his celebration headed by co-chair of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’.

Hou met Prachanda and different leaders in search of their backing for Oli however the insurrection in opposition to the prime minister has not subsided.

China attaches excessive significance to Oli persevering with in energy as throughout his transient tenure in 2016, he widened China-Nepal ties by signing the transit commerce treaty with Beijing to scale back the dependence of his land-locked nation on India.

Nepal’s ambassador to China Mahendra Bahadur Pandey, in an article printed within the state-run China Daily on Friday, stated that the “cooperation beneath the BRI is of nice significance for each Nepal and China.

“Our leaders stressed the need to intensify implementation of the memorandum of understanding on cooperation under the BRI under the framework of the Trans-Himalayan Multi-Dimensional Connectivity Network”.

The building of tunnels from Jilong in Tibet to Kathmandu, growth of the three North-South corridors in Nepal-Koshi, Gandaki and Karnali — and the Nepal-China electrical energy cooperation plan are among the landmark initiatives within the areas of infrastructure and business that had been agreed to be initiated in Nepal throughout President Xi’s state go to to Nepal” final yr, he stated.

Last month, Oli alleged that India was conspiring together with his political rivals to throw him out of energy.

The inside feud within the NCP intensified after Prachanda and senior chief Madhav Nepal requested for Oli’s resignation following his controversial remarks in opposition to India in addition to his autocratic model of functioning.

Oli and Prachanda factions are at present engaged in holding inside consultations, although the date for the formal assembly of the highly effective Standing Committee is but to be mounted. — PTI

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