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Chinese Official Guo Yezhou Arrives In Nepal Amid Split In NCP And Anti-China Protest In Tatopani

Chinese vice-minister for Chinese Communist Party’s international department, Guo Yezhou, has arrived in Nepal to make “peace” inside Nepal Communist Party, but also at a time when locals are protesting against the “undeclared blockade” at the Nepal-China border in Tatopani, Sindhupalchowk.
(Deputy Minister of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Quo A. Chou at the Tribhuvan International Airport during his visit to Nepal on Sunday. Kathmandu, 27 December 2020. Photo: Roshan Sapkota -RSS)

By N24 Correspondent, KATHMANDU:- The Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which is believed to have a “fraternity” relation with Nepal Communist Party (NCP), has sent one of its top officials Guo Yezhou to “assess” the situation in Nepal, meet the dignitaries here and report back to Beijing.

Yezhou, who is a vice-minister of the CCP’s International Department, arrived at Tribhuvan International Airport on Sunday, December 27, 2020.

To make the visit secret, the Chinese Embassy did not ask the government of Nepal for security arrangements, while most of the security was provided by the Chinese Embassy itself.

During his stay in Nepal, Yezhou was supposed to meet Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, President Bidya Devi Bhandari, and NCP leaders Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” and Madhav Kumar Nepal, among other leaders.

“Yezhou’s visit will focus on attempts to make sure Nepal-Dahal faction and Oli faction of NCP agree to bury their differences and once again work united,” said a NCP source, who did not want to be named.

Meanwhile, locals have protested against China’s “undeclared blockade” in Tatopani customs point of Sindhupalchowk district.

China says the import and exports are open at the border but locals say all imports and exports have come to a halt now due to China’s unwillingness to resume trade at Nepal-China border.

Hundreds of locals took part in the protest, which chanted slogans such as “why the drama of opening border?”, “Let the businessmen import goods”, “Ensure job for laborers” and “Provide security to citizens living on the border”, among others.

“Locals and businessmen were compelled to resort to protest due to China’s undeclared blockade at Nepal-China border,” said Dorje Lama, a local activist, who participated in the protest.

“China is unilaterally deciding when to open or close the border. It’s not fair,” said Lama.

According to importers, goods worth billions of rupees are stuck in the Chinese side waiting for a signal to get inside Nepal, while entrepreneurs have lost millions of investments due to the unstable Chinese policy vis-a-vis trade with Nepal.

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