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China says its shut ties with Nepal is not going to have an effect on ‘any third occasion’

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BEIJING: China on Wednesday mentioned that its shut ties with Nepal, bolstered in the course of the latest go to of its Defence Minister to the Himalayan nation, is not going to have an effect on “any third occasion”.

Defence Minister Gen Wei Fenghe met Nepal Prime Minister Ok P Sharma Oli and exchanged views on issues of mutual curiosity and held talks with Military Chief Gen. Purna Chandra Thapa on methods to renew navy cooperation and coaching impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic throughout his go to on Sunday.

“We imagine that our cooperation is in the good thing about each peoples and conducive to the socio-economic growth in Nepal. This relationship is not going to have an effect on any third occasion,” Chinese language Overseas Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying advised a media briefing right here on a query on Gen. Wei’s go to.

Throughout his go to, Gen Wei, additionally a State Councillor, lauded Nepal’s management for resolutely pursuing the “one-China” coverage and supplied agency assist to the Himalayan nation in safeguarding its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, the defence ministry mentioned right here on Monday.

He additionally pledged to supply extra help to the Nepali Military in preventing the COVID-19 pandemic, in response to an announcement issued by the Nepal Military.

Underneath the “one-China” coverage, Beijing emphasises different international locations to recognise Taiwan and Tibet as a part of China.

As China firmed up its ties with Nepal, which shares borders with Tibet, with heavy investments in addition to loans and monetary help, Beijing needs Kathmandu to cease the free-flow of Tibetans to journey to Dharamshala in India to satisfy Tibet’s highest non secular chief the Dalai Lama.

Nepal additionally has a big chunk of Tibetan inhabitants.

The 85-year-old Dalai Lama fled to India in 1959 following a crackdown on an rebellion by the native inhabitants in Tibet. India granted him political asylum and the Tibetan government-in-exile is predicated on Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh since then.

China views the 14th Dalai Lama as a “separatist” working to separate Tibet from China.

Requested about Nepal’s assurance to China that Nepalese soil wouldn’t be used for any anti-China actions and whether or not Beijing perceives any threats emanating from Nepal, Hua skirted a direct response.

“China and Nepal are pleasant neighbours linked by mountains and rivers. This 12 months marks the sixty fifth anniversary of our relationships. Now we have been standing collectively in COVID-19 and we have now been elevating our mutual belief and friendship. We’ll proceed to boost our cooperation and construct BRI (Belt and Street Initiative) collectively and elevate relations,” she mentioned.

Gen. Wei’s go to got here days after India’s Overseas Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla wrapped up his maiden two-day go to to Nepal. Within the first week of November, Indian Military Chief Gen. M M Naravane paid a three-day go to to Nepal aimed toward resetting bilateral ties that got here below extreme pressure following a bitter border row between the 2 international locations.

Gen. Wei’s go to additionally comes amidst an ongoing political rift within the ruling Nepal Communist Celebration (NCP) that resurfaced following a gathering between Prime Minister Oli and his rival Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’.

China’s political profile in Nepal has been on the rise within the latest years with billions of {dollars} of investments below Beijing’s multi-billion-dollar Belt and Street Initiative (BRI), together with the constructing of the Trans-Himalayan Multi-Dimensional Connectivity Community.

Moreover the investments, China’s ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqi has been making efforts to garner assist for Prime Minister Oli, who’s going through a revolt from the faction led by ‘Prachanda’, additionally a former prime minister.

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