Nepal to enhance cooperation with China

Indo Asian News Service

Kathmandu, March 25 (IANS) Nepal and China have pledged to further develop their ties as Kathmandu expressed its willingness to join China's Belt and Road initiative.

In a meeting with visiting Chinese Defence Minister and State Councillor Chang Wanquan on Thursday, Nepali Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal "Prachanda" appreciated China's neighbourhood diplomacy featuring amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness.

Prachanda also thanked China for its assistance to Nepal's socio-economic development and defence, especially the Chinese aid for post-quake reconstruction.

"Nepal is committed to the one-China policy and it will always stand against anti-Chinese activities. Nepal is keen to be a partner of the Belt and Road initiative," the Prime Minister said.

The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiative, known as the Belt and Road initiative, was proposed by China in 2013 with the aim of building a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along ancient trade routes.

For his part, Chang appreciated Nepal's strong support to China in regard to its "core interest" issues of Taiwan and Tibet.

Chang said leaders from both sides have reached consensus on deepening bilateral ties.

China is ready to join hands with Nepal to further promote their comprehensive partnership of cooperation to benefit the two peoples, he added.