KATHMANDU: Visiting Chinese state councilor Yang Jiechi wrapped up his two-day visit to Nepal on Tuesday. During his visit the Chinese state councilor held a series of high-level political parleys, discussing Nepal’s upcoming Constituent Assembly elections, Tibetan issue and the Chinese assistance to Nepal. He met chairman of interim government Khil Raj Regmi, vice president Paramananda Jha and foreign minister Madhav Ghimire, among others.
Nepal and China signed three agreements related to economic and bilateral cooperation including support for the elections today.Shanta Raj Subedi, Secretary of the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Nepal and Jiang Zengwei, Vice Minister of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China signed agreement on economic and technical cooperation between Nepal and China and exchanged letters on grant assistance of RMB 200,000,000 (around Rs 3 billion) for China-Aided Project of Nepal National Armed Police Force Academy and RMB 10 million (around Rs 100 million) for Logistic Materials of Office Supplies for the Constitution Assembly Election.
“While appreciating the long standing ´One China Policy´ of Nepal, visiting State Councilor Jeichi expressed his view that China is also firm on its policy of giving importance to sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Nepal and reiterated that China´s policy of non-interference in internal affairs of Nepal,” reads a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday.
According to the statement, during the meeting, Yang supported the government´s decision to hold CA elections on November 19. During the meeting, Minister for Foreign Affairs Madhav Prasad Ghimire, the secretary of the Office of the Vice President and officials of the foreign ministry and other high ranking officials of the Nepal government were also present.
The Chinese delegation included vice-ministers looking after foreign affairs, public security, commerce and office of foreign affairs of the Communist Party of China and senior officials of the Chinese foreign ministry, among others.
Later in the afternoon, Yang also inaugurated Kathmandu Ring Road Improvement Project amidst a function held at Soaltee Hotel.
The delegation arrived in Kathmandu on Monday and held bilateral meetings with top government officials, cabinet ministers, leaders of the various political parties, including Vice President Paramanda Jha and Chairman of the Election Council Khil Raj Regmi. Two agreements were signed on Tuesday between the two countries.
Similarly, China has agreed to provide logistics materials of office supplies worth Rs. 154.1 million for the forthcoming Constituent Assembly elections. The Nepal government has expressed its sincere appreciation to the Chinese government for the assistance and also for its continued support in the socio-economic development of Nepal.
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