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China to increase financial, technical aid to Nepal

KATHMANDU: China has expressed the commitment to increase financial and technical support to the socio-economic development endeavors of Nepal.

Talking to reporters upon arrival following a five-day official visit to China at the Tribhuvan International Airport on Saturday afternoon, Minister for Foreign Affairs Mahendra Bahadur Pandey said commitments were received to increasing the financial support being received by Nepal from China.

“The Chinese side is very positive towards expanding investment and support in the areas of infrastructure, industry, trade, energy, agriculture and tourism sectors of Nepal,” Minister Pandey said. China will also be encouraging its citizens to visit Nepal, he added.

Stating that other matters of bilateral relations including of regional and international interests were discussed with his Chinese counterpart, Minister Pandey said both sides also agreed to the exchange of high-level visits and hosting of various events to mark the 60 years of establishment of Nepal-China diplomatic relations in 2015.

President Dr Ram Baran Yadav’s upcoming visit to China taking place next week in course of attending an annual conference of Boao Forum for Asia was the top priority list of the Chinese Government and the both close neighbours were expected to discuss various matters relating to bilateral interests and cooperation during the Boao annual event, he said.

During his stay in Beijing, the Foreign Minister called on Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao and exchanged views on matters of further promoting bilateral ties, understanding and harmony enjoyed by the two neighbors for centuries. China was concerned about political stability and durable development in Nepal and wished that Nepal made a stride towards the path of overall development and economic progress with the promulgation of the new constitution as per the people’s aspirations soon, according to Foreign Minister Pandey.

Nepal had been given priority in the current diplomacy adopted by China towards its neighbors and Nepal’s dedication to a ‘one-China policy’ was highly appreciated by Beijing, he said.

The Foreign Minister’s delegation visited Kunming of Yuan Province and had a meeting with the governor of the Province.”This visit has been a success in light of further augmenting the relationship, collaboration and cooperation between Nepal and China and to attract Chinese investment to Nepal,” he stated.

Minister Pandey shared that during his meeting with the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, he also handed over, on behalf of President Ram Baran Yadav and Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, an invitation letter to their respective Chinese counterparts for a visit to Nepal.

He also shared that prior to his visit to China, he had attended the assembly of the United Nations on Disaster Mitigation where he had discussed about annual occurrence of the natural disasters in Nepal and the measures taken by the government to mitigate its impact.

Minister Pandey said that he had presented a concept paper on making crisis management measures more effective by collaborating with the stakeholders at the national and international level.

On a different note, he said the government was serious towards protecting the civil rights of Nepal Army Colonel Kumar Lama, who is currently under incarceration in Britain on the charge of human rights violation.

Minister Pandey had left Kathmandu for Japan on March 12 heading a Nepali delegation. He then left Japan for Beijing, China on March 17. RSS

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