Chinese Strategy for Regional Economic Integration: Nepal on High Priority

Wu Chuntai

His Excellency Chinese Ambassador to Nepal

"One Sentence: China and Nepal have been and will be friends in need and friends indeed".

China and Nepal are neighbors and friends linked by rivers and mountains. For us, Himalayas have never been barriers, but a tie for friendship and exchange of visits.

Since our two countries established diplomatic relations on August 1, 1955, we have treated each other equally and peacefully.

Our bilateral relations are developed on Panchsheel, the five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence. China has always supported Nepal's sovereignty and independence, and sincerely helped Nepal's social and economic development. Nepal firmly pursues One China Policy and never allows any forces to use Nepal's territory to engage in anti-China activities. We are really good friends, good neighbors and good partners.

With the joint efforts of our two countries, our bilateral relationship has developed in a more comprehensive way in recent years. In the early June of this year, Rt. Honorable Mr. Sushil Koirala, Prime Minister of Nepal attended the second China-South Asia Expo in China. The economic and trade ties between us continue to grow. The recent report from the Government of Nepal shows that China has become the largest foreign direct investment (FDI) contributor in Nepal for the first time during the fiscal year 2013-14. Chinese enterprises make more and more investment in Nepal in agriculture, hydropower, aviation, information technology, infrastructure construction and other sectors.

Meanwhile, in tourism sector, the number of Chinese tourists visiting Nepal have doubled in the past three years. China now is the second largest tourist source market for Nepal. And in the coming days, with the opening of Jirong-Rasuwa port and the increasing of the number of direct flights between China and Nepal, we are expecting more and more Chinese tourists to come to Nepal.

Our bilateral cooperation in education, health and other fields has also been deepened. With the growing enthusiasm of the Nepalese to learn Chinese, we are opening more Confucius classrooms and sending more volunteer teachers to Nepal to teach Chinese language. This March, Chinese doctors came to Nepal and performed free cataract surgeries for Nepali citizens in the remote areas and helped them to see the world again. We will continue to support Nepal in humanitarian area.

In last November, Nepal successfully held the 2nd CA election and the government was formed in the early of this year. As a friendly neighbor, we sincerely hope that Nepal would realize political stability and economic development as soon as possible.

The Chinese leadership attaches great importance to China-Nepal relations. Last year, President Xi Jinping held an important conference of China's neighborhood foreign policy. He emphasized that China would strive for a sound neighboring environment for its own development and seek common development with neighboring countries on the basis of friendship, sincerity, mutual benefits and more integration.

China has a new strategy for regional and international economic integration and China puts the relations with Nepal on high priority and seeks a win-win policy with Nepal.

China adopts its cooperation with Nepal to Nepali Economic and social priority.

In this regard, the Chinese Embassy in Nepal is willing to work together with friends from various circles of Nepal to make greater contributions to promoting China-Nepal Comprehensive Partnership of Cooperation featuring ever-lasting friendship and cross-Himalayan cooperation.

PS: The Chinese Ambassador Mr. Wu Chuntai made these observations while delivering his speech at a program organized by Nepal-China Society to mark the 59th anniversary of the establishment of Nepal-China diplomatic relations, August 1, 2014: Ed. 

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