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After India, It's China's Turn in Nepal

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Nepal's Foreign Ministry issues two rosy releases at the end of Chinese foreign minister Yan Jiechi’s Kathmandu visit.

The two sides-- Nepal and China-- discuss political developmennts, trade, economy and more. China's offers Nepal approximately NRs. 1.2 billion in aid. The following is the full text of the press release, issued December 3, 2003:


Official talks between Nepal and China were held today at the level of Foreign Minister at Shital Niwas. The Chinese delegation led by Foreign Minister H. E. Mr Yang Jiechi consisted of the Chinese Ambassador to Nepal H.E. Mr Qiu Guohong as well as Senior Officials of the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China. The Nepalese delegation led by Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal Hon. Mr Upendra Yadav comprised Advisor Mr Shyamananda Suman, Foreign Secretary Mr Gyan Chandra Acharya as well as other Senior Officials of the Government of Nepal.

Welcoming the Foreign Minister of China the Foreign Minister of Nepal highlighted the importance of such a high level visit from China after the declaration of Republic in Nepal.

During the talks, both the Foreign Ministers agreed to enhance and upgrade bilateral relationship to a new height with the expansion and consolidation of mutual interaction in diverse fields. They also agreed that regular exchange of visits at high levels will contribute towards enhancing mutual understanding and goodwill between the two countries.

The Foreign Minister of Nepal briefed the Chinese Foreign Minister about the current developments in Nepal and the peace process. He also expressed his thanks to the people and the Government of China for their valuable support during Nepal's transition and peace process. They agreed to enhance and broaden the areas of cooperation in the days ahead. The Nepalese side lauded the economic achievements that China has made over the years and requested for Chinese cooperation in enabling Nepal to derive due benefits from bilateral partnerships and joint undertakings.

They also reviewed the projects being undertaken with the assistance of China such as Syafrubesi-Rasuwagadi Road, National Ayurveda Research and Training Centre and National Trust for Nature Conservation as well as other important projects. They also discussed about future projects for their detailed technical study and prioritization.

On bilateral trade, both sides emphasized the need for promoting sustainable trade, thereby enhancing mutually beneficial trading relationship through promotion of Nepalese exports to China. In this context, they also agreed to consider Comprehensive Trade Agreement between the two countries. Both sides noted with satisfaction the Chinese investment in Nepal in diverse areas and also decided to further promote such investments to contribute towards strengthening economic ties between the two countries.

Both sides also discussed about the establishment of Special Economic Zones (SEZ) and Dry Ports in border areas. They also agreed to make the best use of the existing geographical advantage to expand relations between Nepal and Tibet and promote border trade between the two countries through more facilitating measures. While expressing their appreciation for growing business to business and people to people relations between the two countries both sides agreed to promote and encourage them for mutual benefit in the days to come.

Nepalese side highlighted the advantages of better connectivity by all means of transport including railways to promote linkages between Nepal and China. The Nepalese Foreign Minister also appreciated the Government of China for providing scholarships as well as human resource training opportunities in China. Both sides agreed to promote tourism between the two countries through various initiatives and appropriate measures.

Both sides directed the bilateral consultation mechanism to hold regular meetings to review all aspects of bilateral cooperation, explore new areas of cooperation and prepare long-term measures and a vision paper to promote bilateral relationship between the two countries. They also discussed other issues of mutual interest.

The two Foreign Ministers reviewed regional and international issues of mutual concern and agreed to cooperate in the international forums for promoting their common interests. The Chinese side appreciated the reaffirmation of Nepal's 'One China Policy' and its principled stand of not allowing its territories to be used against China. The Chinese Foreign Minister extended invitation to the Nepalese Foreign Minister to pay an Official visit to China at a mutually convenient time.

On the occasion, the Government of the People's Republic of China agreed to provide the Government of Nepal with a grant of RMB 100 million (Renminbi Yuan one Hundred Million only) equivalent to Nepalese Rs. 1.2 billion approximately. To this effect, an Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation between the Government of Nepal and the Government of the People's Republic of China was also signed by the Foreign Ministers of the two countries. According to the Agreement the grant is to be used for projects to be discussed and decided upon by the two Governments of Nepal and China.

(Official talks between Nepal and China were held today at the level of Foreign Minister at Shital Niwas. The Chinese delegation led by Foreign Minister H. E. Mr Yang Jiechi consisted of the Chinese Ambassador to Nepal H.E. Mr Qiu Guohong as well as Senior Officials of the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China. The Nepalese delegation led by Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal Hon. Mr Upendra Yadav comprised Advisor Mr Shyamananda Suman, Foreign Secretary Mr Gyan Chandra Acharya as well as other Senior Officials of the Government of Nepal)

The text of this document is available here.

Another release is here: Visiting Chinese FM calls on PM Dahal, 3 December 2008

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Comments

long live the friendship between Nepal and China. Thank you for your support to one china policy. thank you .

It is a happy augury that Nepal's relations with China are making steady progress. The issues covered during the talks between the Chinese Foreign Minister and the Nepalese leaders touch on bilateral and regional developments. A peaceful and stable Nepal is in the interest of its immediate neighbours - India and China - and both these neighbours should not make Nepal as a venue of their rivalry. Keeping in view the growing friendly relations between New Delhi and Beijing, the eventuality of such development appears remote. However, the past experience the future judgement is prone to be affected by the past legacy. However, it also devolves on the present dispensation in Kathmandu not to allow its foreign policy tilt on either side because any kind of tilt on either side at the expense of the other is bound to have serious repercussions for the peace and stability of South Asia in general and Nepal in particular. there other pressing tasks like raising the living standard of the people of Nepal, enhance Nepal's stature in the international arena and elicit FDI and transfer of technology to make this country as the pride of South Asia. Let's pray for it.

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