Chinese ambassador Wu Chuntai has said Nepal and China were "good neighbors enjoying historical friendship and comprehensive cooperation. Let us join hands and work together' for prosperity."
Addressing a talk program organized by China Study Center (CSC) with special reference to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s recent visit to China, ambassador Wu emphasized that "China respects the right of Nepal to choose its own development path and stands ready to enhance cooperation and coordination in bilateral, regional and international levels. That's our commitment," he said.
Chief Guest and deputy prime minister and minister of Women, Children and Social Welfare Chandra Prakash Mainali and ambassador Wu also jointly released two publications Special Issue of ‘Friendship’ Journal of Nepal-China Studies to mark the 60th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Nepal and China (1955-2015) and a book 'My Father Deng Xiaoping' by his distinguished daughter Madam Deng Rong, translated into Nepali, by Dr. Upendra Gautam, general secretary of China Study Center.
Opening the program acting chairman of China Study Center Sundar Nath Bhattarai delivered the welcome speech in which he referred to the positive outcome of the recent visit of the Prime Minister of Nepal to China and observed that the PM's visit, including that to BOAO, was highly successful.
The Talk Program was addressed by Mahendra Bahadur Pandey, former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Shambhu R Simkhada, former ambassador, and Prof. Dr. Madan K Dahal, senior economist.
All the speakers described the agreement on Transit-Transport as a major achievement which would reduce Nepal’s dependency on a particular country and make this country ‘land linked’ rather than land-locked’.
Chief guest Mainali commended China Study Center for its two publications and paid glowing tributes to China’s Paramount Leader Deng Xiaoping and dwelt at some length on the historical evolution of Nepal with its geo-political location between the two Asian giants.