YANG'S VISIT: Writing On Great Wall

Despite facing difficulties in implementing Chinese projects, visiting leader Yang Jiechie has pledged more support to Nepal

June 28, 2013, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol: 07 No. -2 June 28- 2013 (Ashad 14, 2070)

Although a number of Chinese projects, including 60 MW Trishuli 3 A hydropower project, regional airport in Pokhara and purchasing Chinese aircraft are mired in controversies, the visiting Chinese delegation has signed two new agreements to provide support to Nepal.

Before leaving for home, Chinese state councilor Yang Jiechie, who came to Nepal following the postponement of his visit earlier, laid down the stone for the expansion of the 10-kilometer section of the ring road from Koteshwor to Kalanki, showing their concern in Nepal.

When Nepal's overall scenario is not much encouraging for Chinese investment, Nepal's higher officials including the chairman of the interim council of ministers Khil Raj Regmi, requested more economic support from China.

Meeting with visiting State Councilor of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, Yang Jiechi, and chairman Khil Raj Regmi requested for more investment in hydropower sector, including West Seti and support to extend the ring road.

In the presence of Chinese leader Yang and Nepalese foreign minister Madhav Prasad Ghimire, officials from both the countries signed two agreements. The agreements cover the construction of a well-equipped Armed Police Force Training Academy at Matatirtha, Kathmandu, and electoral support for the Election Commission. China is providing Rs. 150 million as election support and a grant of Rs 3.06 billion for the construction of the APF Academy.

"By signing the agreements, the Chinese have shown that China continues to support Nepal whatever hostile the situation it has to face. It is just immature to think that Chinese will pull out from Nepal creating difficulties for it," said a former diplomat on condition of anonymity.

According to a press statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MofA), during the meeting, matters relating to bilateral relations, political process, including the upcoming elections in Nepal and other issues of mutual interest were discussed.

During the meeting, State Councilor Yang expressed that China would like to see peace and development in Nepal and is happy to know that the election is taking place in Nepal in November this year. On the occasion, Yang also pledged full support on behalf of Chinese government to the government for the elections.

"Election would pave the way for political stability in the Nepal and political parties will work towards that direction to fulfill the aspiration and expectation of the Nepalese people," Yang reportedly told meeting.

"China has responded positively to Nepal´s request for investment in hydropower and tourism development in Nepal," said Home minister and foreign minister Madhav Prasad Ghimire.

Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) Arjun Bahadur Thapa, who was present at the meeting, said Yang appreciated the one-China policy and security cooperation that Nepal has extended, especially in regards to curbing untoward incidents along the Nepal-China border.

In the last one month, half a dozen India's high level security officials, including Chief of Army Staff and chief of Assam Rifle, chief of Indian Army's military intelligence, visited. As Nepal's southern neighbor, Nepal's northern neighbor China also came out with a package to strengthen Nepal's security institution. Knowing Nepal's limitations, the Chinese conveyed their message in a typical mandarin style.

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