Nepal: China has ever remained supportive towards Nepal

Upendra Yadav

Chairman, MJF and Ex-Foreign Minister,Nepal

Q1: How have you taken the freshly concluded visit of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visit to Nepal Mr. Yadav?

Mr. Yadav: The visit somehow or the other appeared to have become a sudden and a secret both. The manner the visit of the Chinese Prime Minister to Nepal was overly publicized in the recent past and now it was just made to look like a secret affair which in many more ways than one does speak that the Chinese authorities could not assure themselves on the prevailing security system of the host country-Nepal.  Undeniably, today’s Home Administration appears to have already become a defunct one and many sad events are taking place across the country. When the Nepalese people remain unsure of their own home administration then what to talk of the Chinese authorities and of the Chinese Premier itself? Yet one has to take the Chinese high level visit to Nepal in a positive and fruitful manner. There is no reason on why to take this visit in a negative manner? However, the tragedy has been that this visit exposed the entire security system of the Nepal government to the hilt. This is what I think.

Q2: Is it that the government failed to make the security system an effective one or else what could have been the reason?

Mr. Yadav: Had it been an effective one then the Nepalese population too could have witnessed. Isn’t it so?

Q3: So what could have been the prime reason for having feebly security system?

Mr. Yadav: The main reason is that the entire security system is corruption ridden. I don’t think that the news which was disseminated in the media over possibility of the monetary transactions were not incorrect on matters related with the transfers, promotion and recruitment of the police officials. The news which came to our consumption was not baseless. The Home Ministry now has turned out to be a Brief case Ministry. It is because of this, the morale of the security officials has gone down. The ones who were committed and dedicated in the security apparatus have been feeling discouraged. When the dedicated ones get penal actions and the ones who were corrupt receive awards then such deterioration is bound to happen. With the prevalence of corrupt practices, down morale and also due to the lack of effective and able leadership, the security system has not become able to function in an effective manner. Its negative impact was very much felt during the Chinese Prime Minister’s Nepal visit.

Q4: Why then the Chinese Prime Minister provided a grand financial support to Nepal during his visit?

Mr. Yadav: As I see to it, China has ever remained supportive towards Nepal and she wants to see a prosperous and developed Nepal. I presume that China is willing to support Nepal more. This is what I believe. All that China needs is a stable and developed Nepal. This is what they thought yesterday and even think of the same today.  

Q5: Has China no political interests in Nepal then? What say you?

Mr. Yadav: Look at our size. China is a vast country and Nepal is a small one. Logically, Nepal must have greater interests comparatively speaking. But in today’s international political context, it is logical that each and every country should look to its prime interests first. Such things should not be taken as an illogical one.

Q6: Notably, the Chinese Premier advised Nepal to have intimate relations with India. Why he could have said so or made such advices?

Mr. Yadav: In all honesty, I must say that China wants cordial relations to prevail among the three countries, China, Nepal and India. It is being felt that China is all set to improve its relations with India. India-China ties remain in an excellent position at the moment. I presume this. China understands well that if Nepal intends to improve its relations with India does not mean that we prefer to keep China at a distance and vice versa. Since Nepal and India have open border phenomenon thus Nepal’s relations with India is something extraordinary and may be because of this reason China could have suggested so to Nepal.  This is a very positive indication indeed.

Q7: Can we say this high level visit from China added some new dimensions to our bilateral relations then?

Mr. Yadav: Yes! It could definitely be said so. In my opinion, this visit could be taken as a milestone as regards the development and the prosperity of the Nepalese population. The future will speak for itself. But China is only to support, extend suggestions, however, we the Nepalese have to do it for ourselves. How can China be with us for long and tell us to move through this or that path? It is just impossible. Yet whatever support and sympathies we the Nepalese have received from the Chinese side could easily be taken as a strong and meaningful contribution for Nepal and the Nepalese.

Text courtesy: Ghatana Ra Bichar Weekly, January 18, 2012. Thanks.

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