By Sharachchandra Bhandary
The Member of Political Bureau and Secretariat of Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Chief of the CPC Publicity Department of the People’s Republic of China, Liu Qibao’s three day sojourn to Nepal last week has augmented further in consolidation of Nepal-China bond of amity.
The high profiled Chinese leader expected to succeed the current Chinese Premier is of great significance to Nepal at a time led by revolutionary communist leader Prachanda. In the course of reviewing and revitalizing bilateral relations, Liu held parlays with his counterpart Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Krishna Bahadur Mahara in addition to conferring with Nepali Congress President Deuba. He paid courtesy calls to President and the Prime Minister, adding new vistas in mutual relations.
Some sections of the Nepalis society have taken this visit as a part of maintaining diplomatic as well as political contact robust and feel the pulse of Nepali security arrangements in relation to President Xi’s state visit. At the same time the pending issues to be implemented that were reached during KP Oli led government. State Head’s visits are pre-planned and are matters of confidentiality and our past experience of premature coverage while Baburam Bhattarai behest government hosted Chinese Prime Minister. The prolonged political instability and parliamentary deadlock, and federalism issues remain unresolved does not hint to any time soon the outing of President Xi. The bureaucratic conduct of diplomacy and relations alone cannot bolster mutual friendship, therefore Liu came, as usual discussed matters of mutual interests.
Matters concerning the advancement of mutual benefits and bilateral socio-economic and political not only discussed but also ‘One Belt – One Road’ initiative and ways to advance Nepal’s economic development were taken into account. Connectivity between the two countries through road and rail networks but the vital point Araniko Highway resumption was least discussed. China is fed-up of the Dalai Lama followers creating nuisance in its security sensitivities and reluctant to resume this route. What will be the fate of the Dry Port Project initiated by China? The promotion of Keuring route indicates our inability in persuading the top Chinese leadership. The earthquake became boon and the shift of inhabitance from Khasa of TAR show no light of hope.
Publicity Department Chief Liu-led 25 member delegation comprised of senior officials of the International Department and Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China, attended the opening ceremony of the 7th China Festival in Kathmandu organized jointly by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation of Nepal, Ministry of Culture of China and Embassy of China.
Meanwhile, President Bidya Devi Bhandari unveiled the Nepali version of the ‘Xi Jinping: The Governance of China’ amid a programme at the Office of the President at Shital Niwas in the capital on Sunday. The first version of the book released in Chinese language in 2014 has been published in 11 foreign languages including Nepali as of now.
The book is compiled by the State Council Information Office of China on several major undertakings by the sitting Chinese President Xi Jinping since he took the role of General-Secretary of the Communist Part of China (CPC) since 15 November, 2012 to 13 June, 2014.
On the occasion, President Bhandari stated that the historical ties between Nepal and China linked by Bhrikuti and Araniko centuries ago have further become cordial, stronger and prosperous in the recent times. The Head of the State also reminisced the contributions of Chinese leaders like Yat-Sen and Mao-Tse in the development of China and expansion of the Sino-Nepal relations. On the occasion, she also expressed her gratitude towards Chinese government, on the behalf of the visiting Chief of the CPC Publicity Department Liu Qibao, for China’s support in post-quake rescue and relief operation.
Liu expressed his confidence that the Nepali version of the book would help make the Nepalis readers aware of the wide range of topics including the political, traditional culture and national conditions of China.
He acknowledged the book as an incredible gift marking the growing strength of relations between the two counties. The book is translated and published in Nepali by the China Study Centre (CSC) in Nepal to commemorate the 61st year of establishment of the diplomatic relations between Nepal and China.
CPC top brass Liu’s visit bolsters Sino-Nepal bond
By Sharachchandra Bhandary