February 23 ,2017 , 07:38 PM
Meaningful visit, indeed

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WM Correspondent 

Head of Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) Publicity Department, Liu Qibao, has recently praised Nepal's long standing commitment towards the basic tenets of "One China Policy".

He made such remarks in his separate meetings with President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister Puspa Kamal Dahal held during his three-day official visit to Kathmandu concluded on Tuesday.

While speaking at a separate function held in the capital, Liu also urged Nepal to take benefit of China’s "One Belt, One Road (OBOR) Initiative" which aims to link particularly Asia, Europe and Asia through land and the sea.

"The Nepali authorities must work to fully capitalize upon the OBOR under which many infrastructure projects are being developed in different other countries," he opined in the launching ceremony of the Nepali translation of “The Governance of China”, a book written by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

China has been seeking Nepal’s firm commitment towards the initiative by taking forward the connectivity related infrastructure projects as per the spirit of the various agreements reached between Nepal and China.  Such deals including transit treaty were made during the visit of former Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s visit to China in March this year.

During Oli’s visit, the two neighbouring countries had agreed to synergize each other’s development planning, formulate appropriate bilateral cooperation programs and to carry out major projects under the framework of the OBOR. Moreover, both sides also agreed to strengthen connectivity, further step up the land and air links and improve the land transport infrastructure.

However, there have been virtually no efforts on the part of the Nepali side towards the OBOR particularly after the collapse of the Oli government some four months back.  As the current ruling coalition was formed at the behest of India, it has deliberately downplayed such agreements to please New Delhi. The lack of required preparations on the part of the Nepali side has also discouraged the proposed Nepal visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping at least this year.

 In this context, the recent Nepal visit of the powerful Chinese leader has been widely viewed as something meaningful. 

Some political pundits believe that Liu came to Nepal to assess the situation whether Chinese President could visit Nepal in 2017.

"If the government persistently fails to show the needed diplomatic acumen and make sufficient preparations, the Chinese president can be expected to land in Kathmandu. The Nepali side must realize this fact and act accordingly," say some observers.

 During his recent visit to Bangladesh, the president of the northern neighbor announced a loan package of as much as $24 billion.

Nepal can also well receive big assistance packages on the part of China if the atmosphere is created to impel the Chinese president to visit Nepal.

 Particularly, the proposed visit may help the country to receive big resources in developing the infrastructure sector.


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