China calls on Nepal’s factions to unite for stability

(From Reuters)

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Tuesday he hoped all political factions in Nepal would unite and promote stability, after Nepal sent an envoy to Beijing to clear up questions over the future of bilateral agreements.

Newly elected Nepalese PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal greets outgoing Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli (R) upon their arrival at the presidential building "Shital Niwas" in Kathmandu

Newly elected Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, also known as Prachanda, (L) greets outgoing Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli (R) upon their arrival for the oath taking of the newly-elected Prime Minister at the presidential building “Shital Niwas” in Kathmandu, Nepal August 4, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Nepal’s Maoist Prime Minister Prachanda, 61, who led a decade-long insurgency that ended a feudal monarchy, replaced communist K.P. Oli this month amid uncertainty about a slew of deals made by Oli during a visit to Beijing in March.

Those deals included permission for Nepal to use Chinese railways, roads and ports to trade with third countries, and signaled a shift by the landlocked Himalayan nation away from its traditional reliance on overland trade with its southern neighbor, India.

Wang told the envoy, one of Prachanda’s trusted lieutenants from the insurgency period, Krishna Bahadur Mahara, that China’s friendship toward Nepal would not change even with the political shift. Read More


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