Friday, December 25, 2015

"Nepal Should Not Become 'Boxing Arena' For India, China"

Nepal should not become 'boxing arena' for India, China: Wang Yi
China today said Nepal should not become a "boxing arena" between India and China vying for influence in the Himalayan nation even as it called on New Delhi to treat Kathmandu as an equal partner..... "A stable Nepal enjoying development fully serves the interests of both China and India. So in other words I would like to say that

Nepal is a great place for mutually beneficial cooperation between China and India, not a boxing arena for China and India," he said.

..... "China, India and Nepal are close neighbours connected by the same mountains and rivers. This makes three of us a natural community of shared interest. This is why China has proposed the development of a China-India-Nepal Economic Corridor. It is all about common development and prosperity. Ultimate goal is to form community of shared future of the three of us," he said. .....

Both Wang and Thapa avoided any references to the Madhesi agitation while praising the new Constitution which has led to a major internal political crisis in Nepal.

...... On India-Nepal relations, Thapa said "immediately after the promulgation of the constitution there has been some misunderstanding between Nepal and India. Because of the India imposed unofficial obstruction on transit and supply of fuel and other essential commodities," he said referring to the transport blockade that Nepal alleged had been imposed by India but which has been strongly refuted by New Delhi. ...... "That caused a severe impact on the Nepalese society. It also had a negative impact on our economic growth. But I am very happy to say at this point of time that things are moving and improving," said Thapa who is also Deputy Prime Minister....... Referring to his two visits to India recently, he said "it seems that we are now able to clear the air of mistrust and misunderstanding and slowly things are moving and coming back to normal"...... Thapa also said besides agreeing to open new border points, China is willing to consider Nepal's request for long term supply of petroleum products through Tibet at concessional rates due to high altitude transportation and taxation costs...... He thanked China for supplying 1,000 MT of petroleum products at the height of the Madhesi agitation. ....... Thapa said the treaty would enable Nepalese to access travel and goods from other countries through Chinese ports and a joint working group will identify the transit points. .....

Thapa also assured that Nepal will continue to crackdown on Tibetans crossing from Tibet to Dharmasala to meet Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama....... "We have consistently followed the one-China policy. I would like to reiterate once again that Nepal will not allow any activities that infringe on China's sensitivities on Tibet," he said.

....... The Indian media at the event was not given an opportunity to ask questions..... "Similarly with China we have so many common areas socially, culturally also we are bound together.

The peace harmony, compassion, philosophy propounded by Lord Buddha has alway remained as a cementing factor in our relations.

..... "For Nepal there is no need to play each other. We have our own type of relations with India. Similarly we have special relations with China. So we are very happy with that and will continue in future with strengthening relations with both the countries.

That is the density that we have to live with," Thapa said.

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