Li Zhanshu, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) of China, meets with Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sept. 14, 2022. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)
KATHMANDU, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) — At the invitation of Speaker of the House of Representatives of Nepal Agni Sapkota, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) of China Li Zhanshu paid a visit goodwill official in Nepal from Monday to Thursday.
During the visit, Li met with Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, and held separate talks with Sapkota and Speaker of the National Assembly of Nepal Ganesh Prasad Timilsina.
When meeting with Bhandari, Li first conveyed Chinese President Xi Jinping’s cordial greetings and best wishes. Li said China and Nepal are linked by mountains and rivers, and the two peoples have enjoyed friendly relations for generations.
President Xi paid a historic state visit to Nepal in 2019, during which the two heads of state elevated China-Nepal relations to a cooperative strategic partnership characterized by enduring friendship for development and prosperity, providing strategic direction for long-term development. bilateral relations, Li said.
He thanked the Nepalese side for its unwavering adherence to the one-China principle and support for China’s position on the Taiwan issue and issues concerning Tibet, Xinjiang and human rights.
China will continue to firmly support Nepal’s efforts to safeguard its sovereign independence and territorial integrity, to achieve prosperity and strength, Li said.
He called on the Nepalese side to actively participate in Xi’s proposed Global Development Initiative and Global Security Initiative, and congratulated Nepal on its upcoming National Day on September 20.
Asking Li to convey her sincere greetings to Xi, Bhandari said Xi’s visit to Nepal in 2019 was a milestone in the history of bilateral relations between the two countries.
China has always been Nepal’s most reliable friend and partner, she said, expressing her gratitude to China for its selfless assistance to Nepal in economic and social development, rescue and disaster relief. earthquake and the fight against COVID-19.
With its rapid development, China has become a model of global development and played an important role in safeguarding world peace and stability, she said.
Bhandari expressed hope that Nepal and China will strengthen practical cooperation in various fields and advance the implementation of important projects.
When meeting with Deuba, Li said China has always considered Nepal a priority in neighborhood diplomacy. The two sides should continue to understand and support each other on issues concerning each other’s core interests and major concerns, and jointly uphold genuine multilateralism.
Li called for advancing high-quality Belt and Road cooperation, strengthening exchanges and cooperation in trade and investment, infrastructure, customs clearance and other fields, and jointly building the trans-Himalayan multidimensional connectivity network to bring tangible benefits to the peoples of both countries. countries.
For his part, Deuba said Nepal and China abide by the five principles of peaceful coexistence and the bilateral relationship has a solid political foundation. Nepal’s development transformation needs China’s support and help, he added.
Nepal is ready to strengthen friendly exchanges with China at various levels and expand practical cooperation with China in areas such as economy, people’s livelihood, education, tourism and culture, to achieve common development and prosperity, Deuba said.
During his separate meetings with Sapkota and Timilsina, Li said the Chinese NPC is ready to work with the Nepalese parliament to implement the important consensus reached between the leaders of the two countries, promote closer exchanges between their committees. as well as friendship groups, strengthen exchanges of governance experience and provide legal support for practical cooperation between the two countries.
Sapkota said China’s foreign policies fully embody the notion of win-win cooperation stressed by Xi, expressing his hope that the legislatures of the two countries will continue close exchanges and promote the implementation of projects in connectivity, improved livelihoods and other areas.
Timilsina said the Nepalese parliament actively supports the construction of the Belt and Road and is willing to learn from China’s experience in economic and social development as well as poverty alleviation.
Li informed the Nepalese side of the upcoming 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CCP).
The Nepalese leaders said that as a friendly neighboring country, Nepal is pleased with the great development achievements of the Chinese people under the leadership of the CPC.
Under the leadership of Xi, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, China will surely be able to successfully achieve the second centenary goal, they said, adding that they wish success to the 20th National Congress of China. CCP.
Nepalese leaders unanimously reiterated that Nepal has always firmly adhered to the one-China principle and will not allow any force to use Nepalese territory for anti-China activities or harm China’s interests.
During his visit to Nepal, Li also separately met with KP Sharma Oli, Chairman of the Community Party of Nepal (United Marxist-Leninist) and Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Center) Pushpa Kamal Dahal, also known as of Prachanda.
Li also signed a memorandum of understanding with Sapkota on cooperation between the NPC of China and the House of Representatives of Nepal, met with Nepalese Foreign Minister Narayan Khadka and visited Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is underway. reconstruction after the earthquake. ■