-Sharachchandra Bhandary -
China has made it clear that it does not defend its citizens involved in illegal activities in the host country and also expressed commitment of its cooperation in bringing the criminals to book.
Similarly, China said there is no threat to its security and national interests from Nepal. It however maintained that there was risk from some elements who did not like the cordial relations between China and Nepal, and China's prosperity, pointing out the need of observing caution against such undesirable elements.
Noting petty issues will not much impact the Sino-Nepal relations based on mutual trust and cooperation, China has publicly expressed that the common responsibility of the need to remain alert against those attempting to hurt the centuries-old bilateral friendship should not be forgotten.
"The Nepali government and people always adhere to the one-China policy which China highly appreciates. We hope that our Nepali friends can know better the nature of the incident, work with us to resist and oppose any words and deeds that interfere in Hong Kong and Xinjiang affairs, defend the basic norms of international relations, including non-interference in internal affairs, and safeguard the common interests of developing countries," Ambassador of China to Nepal, Hou Yanqi said, organising a news conference at her office on Friday.
The Chinese Ambassador said some Western countries that did not want to see China prospering were persistently attacking China by exaggerating the Hong Kong and Xinjiang issue, stressing that the Chinese government has been
working for the peace and unity of these territories by adopting the basic national policy of 'One Country, Two Systems' as per the Chinese constitution.
Stating a notable progress was made in 2019 in expansion of the contacts and relations between the two countries in the economic, social, political, trade and the public aspect, ambassador Hou remarked that China has remained as the country making the maximum investment in Nepal continuously since four years and that the expected success was achieved in the expansion of China-Nepal trade as well.
The Chinese envoy said, "The outstanding highlight of China-Nepal relations this year is the exchange of visits between the two heads of state.. President Xi Jinping's state visit to Nepal in mid-October is the first time of the Chinese President’s visit to Nepal in the last 23 years.
During this visit, the two leaders have witnessed the signing of 20 cooperation documents concerning various areas of the national interest and people's livelihood, announced the establishment of China-Nepal strategic partnership of cooperation featuring ever-lasting friendship for development and prosperity, agreed to align the joint building of the Belt and Road Initiative by China and Nepal with Nepal's national development strategy of transforming itself into a land-linked country and to accelerate the building of the Trans-Himalayan Multi-Dimensional Connectivity Network." The Chinese Ambassador said the Year 2019 witnessed the addition of a new dimension to the China-Nepal relations, successful exchanges of bilateral visits at the Head-of-the State level, signing of 20 documents: agreements and Memorandum of Understanding concerning bilateral partnership, cooperation and assistance during Chinese President Xi Jingping's historic and maiden visit to Nepal in mid-October.
According to the Ambassador, they are working closely with bodies concerned of the Nepal Government for the implementation of the agreements as soon as possible. It may be noted that this was the first of the Chinese President's visit to Nepal in the last 23 years.
China-Nepal's everlasting strategic partnership and cooperation featured bilateral interests, she said, expressing her hope that 'Belt and Road Initiative' centered on prosperity and development would turn to be effective by transforming the land-locked Nepal to a land-linked country.
Both neighbours are stepping up to implement the important consensus reached by the state leaders, and some projects have also made positive progress. Feasibility study is going on at an accelerated pace in regard with projects of long-term importance such as the cross-border railway and expansion of road connectivity.
"Regarding the 25 post-disaster reconstruction projects concerning people's livelihood of Nepal, we have completed 10 projects including the first phase of Kathmandu Ring Road Improvement and Earthquake Monitoring Network Project. In near future, we will also have several new projects completed, approved or commenced," she added.
A feasibility study has commented to construct a tunnel way connecting Syafrubesi. On a different note, the Chinese Ambassador was of the view that 'Two plus One' or the partnership with China and India or other countries be focused on enhancing prosperity of the respective nations and improving the people's livelihood. Size should never be an issue and have its bearing on such efforts, the Ambassador argued.
The Chinese Ambassador was also of the view that sovereign right whether to accept the US Government's grants for the causes of Nepal's physical infrastructure lies within Nepal, adding that the Nepal Government was capable to take a positive decision towards that end.
"International economic assistance is unavoidable for Nepal's development, such assistance, as I believe, should ensure the national interests of Nepal and China welcomes the foreign assistance to be achieved for Nepal's development," Ambassador Hou said.