China wants to take Nepal along on the development path: Wang

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Aug 16, 2017-Visiting Chinese Vice-premier Wang Yang said that China will always stand in favour of political stability and development in Nepal. He said so during a meeting with Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on Wednesday. 

Wang, who arrived in Kathmandu on Monday as a special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping, conveyed Xi’s message that China wants to take Nepal along on the path of development. Wang met PM Deuba after a series of meetings with leaders of political parties.

“I have come with the message of President Xi. China has always been standing for political stability and development in Nepal. We want to take our neighbours like Nepal along on the path of development,” said Wang during the meeting. He stressed on the need to expand the scope of assistance and cooperation between the two countries.

According to PM’s Foreign Affairs advisor Dinesh Bhattarai, the visiting Chinese Vice-premier said the Chinese president has given high priority to Nepal-China ties. “President Xi will visit Nepal soon. He has been looking for appropriate moment for the visit,” Bhattarai quoted Wang.

He invited PM Deuba, on behalf of President Xi and Premier Li Keqiang, to visit China.

All senior members of the visiting delegation from the Chinese side, PM’s advisors, high-level officials and foreign officials were present during the meeting. The discussion dwelt on the latest political situation in Nepal and the upcoming elections.

Likewise, the implementation of the agreements reached between Nepal and China including the assistance to Nepal through One Belt One Road Initiatives (OBOR) pact was also discussed at the meeting.

The Chinese side reiterated that China wants to boost trade and financial activities by linking with roads and railway networks. He praised Nepal for is diplomatic capacity in sticking to ‘one China policy’ which is important for China. 

However, Wang didn’t hold a one-on-one meeting with PM Deuba. He had held a one-on-one meeting with main opposition CPN-UML Chairman KP Oli yesterday. There was a tradition of holding a separate meeting with Indian officials. He also met CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Tuesday. He is returning to China on Thursday. 

Published: 16-08-2017 18:16

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