After widespread rumors and reactions in Nepal and abroad, Chinese mandarins say the Chinese president Xi Jinping's Nepal visit was not cancelled. The words used by the Chinese official is very calculative and meaningful as it opens the possibility of the high level visit this year.
Reacting to the news, China denied that President Xi Jinping’s visit to Nepal was cancelled, saying it was improper to say that. “It is not proper to say that his visit to Nepal was cancelled. We can’t say if it is cancelled or not,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters in a regular media briefing.
According to Chinese news agency Xinhua, she said the two sides were in touch with each other. Hua said China attaches great importance to its relationship with Nepal. “We would like to promote new development of bilateral relations with Nepal,” she added.
According to some media reports, Xi cancelled his visit to the Himalayan nation in October because of Kathmandu’s lack of preparedness and its tilt towards New Delhi.
“The two sides are always in communication on high-level exchanges so we cannot say it is cancelled or not as it is not defined yet," she said, adding, “All we can tell you we are in close communication with Nepal on the relevant issue and we will release information in due course.”
Nepal, too, has denied the reports. “We are expecting the visit of the Chinese President, though the date of the visit has not yet been fixed,” Minister for Foreign Affairs Prakash Sharan Mahat said earlier.
Amid reports that a miffed Chinese President Xi Jinping cancelled his maiden visit to Nepal, Beijing said both countries are in “close communication” on the issue and China attaches importance to the new Nepalese government.
“China and Nepal are in close communication on high-level exchanges. China attaches importance to the new Nepalese government and we would like to promote new development of bilateral relations with Nepal,” Hua said.
Following the news of cancelation of proposed visit of Chinese president, social media are full of comments and criticism terming the new government, which the main opposition reportedly said us close to India, an Indian puppet. Issuing the statement, Chinese mandarins not only saved the government but also assured Nepalese that they care about their interest in Nepal.