Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has said Nepal has consistently maintained a one-China policy and remains firmly committed to not allowing its territory to be used against its neighbours.
Addressing a commemorative reception organized on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Nepal and China, on Saturday, PM Koirala said the five principles of peaceful co-existence constitute the basic foundation of Nepal-China relationship.
“Nepal and China are ancient nations with long civilizational contacts. Over the last sixty years of diplomatic relations, relations both at the government and people’s levels have grown to our mutual satisfaction. Nepal and China have been working together in many regional and international forums and cooperate on a range of global issues,” the PM hailed.
Similarly, PM Koirala said China has been a valued development partner and a reliable friend. He thanked China for its spontaneous, generous and prompt support in the wake of the April 25 earthquake and its aftershocks. “We are encouraged by China’s substantive pledge for reconstruction and rehabilitation. We deeply appreciate China’s continued goodwill, and support to our development endeavours,” he stated.
According to the PM, the scale and speed of China’s transformation remains a success story in human history. The policy of peaceful development pursued by China has significantly contributed to place it at the centre of global attention and play a proactive role in promoting global peace, security and prosperity.
“We have a shared destiny in an interdependent and interconnected world. Underdevelopment anywhere is a serious challenge to peace, stability, and rule of law. The world has a compelling interest in addressing underdevelopment as it acts as nurseries of all evils including extremism and terrorism,” the PM said.
The PM expressed happiness over seeing both of Nepal’s neighbours – China and India making tremendous progress in various fields.
“Nepal enjoys excellent relations with both India and China. We welcome their neighbourhood policy that treats neighbours with dignity and takes them as partners for peace and prosperity. Nepal’s relations with its neighbours are of global significance, making peace, political stability, and economic development in Nepal to be of supreme importance for the region, and the world at large,” he stated.
He stressed that the continuous development of friendly cooperation between China and Nepal was not only in the interest of the peoples of the two countries, but also in the interest of the solidarity of Asian countries and world peace.
The PM also spoke on the political developments here, saying Nepal has now reached a major milestone in this process with the people and the political parties showing exemplary commitment to advance the process of constitution writing.
Also speaking on the occasion, Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey said China has continuously assisted Nepal on its socio-economic developments.
Similarly, Minister for Information and Communication Dr Minendra Rijal said Nepal needs to take utmost benefits from the economic development China has made.
Chinese Ambassador to Nepal, Wu Chuntai said he would make utmost efforts to take the cooperative partnership between Nepal and China to further height.
The reception was also attended by CA Chairman, ministers, former foreign ministers, high level officials and others. RSS