In the past two days, the Times of India and other Indian media have coincidentally started speculating that “a Chinese delegation is visiting Nepal amid divisions within the NCP”, claiming that “China is trying to push its political influence on Nepal to the top” in the wake of President Bhandari’s recent announcement to dissolve the Parliament and hold early elections”. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian responded to a query at his regular press conference on the 28th, saying that this year is the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Nepal, and that the relevant delegation of the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China visited Nepal with the aim of exchanging views with the Nepalese side on issues of common concern, such as epidemic prevention and control, governance and cooperation and development, and deepening communication and cooperation between Chinese and Nepalese political parties.
The Indian media reported that Vice Minister Guo Yezhou arrived in Kathmandu on the 27th as the head of a delegation, and that the purpose of his visit had attracted great interest in view of the several attempts made by the Chinese Embassy in Nepal to bridge the differences between the two co-chairmen of the NCP Oli and Prachanda, albeit without success.
Zhao Lijian said that the Chinese Communist Party had maintained close and friendly relations with all major political parties in Nepal for a long time, playing an active role in enhancing political mutual trust, deepening mutual understanding in governance, promoting practical cooperation and consolidating traditional friendship between the two countries. And that the CPC adheres to the principle of “independence, full equality, mutual respect and non-interference in each other’s internal affairs” in inter-party relations, and is willing to work with all political parties in Nepal to promote the continuous development of the strategic partnership of friendship between China and Nepal aimed at advancing progress and prosperity for the benefit of the two countries and peoples. Zhao Lijian mentioned that China has noted the political developments in Nepal. As a friend and close neighbor of Nepal, we sincerely hope that all parties concerned will take the national interests and the overall situation into account, properly handle internal differences and work for political stability and national development.