Nepal very good partner of China: Hou Yanqin
By Arun Ranjit, Beijing, Nov 4: A senior official of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said that her country highly values Nepal’s One-China-Policy and wishes it to be a developed and peaceful country.
Hou Yanqin, Deputy Director General at Department of Asia of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of the People’s Republic of China, made this remark while talking to a media delegation at her office in Beijing last week.
Hou said, “Nepal and China has time-honoured history. Thus, Nepal is one of the very important countries for China. The bilateral relations between the two nations have gone from strength to strength since the establishment of their diplomatic ties in 1955.”
DDG Hou said that many high ranking leaders of both the countries had visited the each other’s country in the past, contributing a lot to deepening ties between the two nations.
China, which has been extending economic cooperation to Nepal since a long time, has also ramped up the volume of financial assistance to it, she said, adding that China had promised to assist 3 billion RMB for another 3 years to build the various infrastructures in Nepal.
“As people to people contact is very important, Nepal has been listed as one of the safe visiting countries for Chinese. Nowadays, Nepal has become a country that fetches second largest number of Chinese tourists,” she said.
“Nepal is one of the good partners in the sub-continent with whom China shares common eastern value, history and culture,” added Hou.
She noted that China is fully aware of Nepal’s ongoing problems. “Thus, being a good neighbouring friend, China would like to advise Nepal to maintain good relations with India.
“We hope that the fuel crisis faced by the Nepalese will be resolved soon as the new government has taken diplomatic initiatives to this end,” she added
She further said that China had provided 1,000 kl petroleum products for the immediate solution to the fuel crisis. Some amounts of PoL products had already been delivered to Nepal through Nepal-Tibet border, she informed.
“As Nepal being a very good friend and neighbour, China has been helping it in all sectors of Nepal’s development process. However, China wants to teach Nepal how to catch fish instead of giving fish to it”, she added.
Under the One Road One Belt policy of China, many South Asian countries are benefiting from this initiative. Elaborating on China-South Asia trading activities, she said that currently China-India-Nepal is a trilateral zone and Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Maldives have joined it. In 2014, China had traded nearly 100 US $ with South Asian countries.
“China is set to increase China-South Asia bilateral trade volume up to US$ 150 billion by the end of 2019, which is expected to grow the trade remarkably,” she added.