China announces senior official’s visit to Nepal amid political crisis

China announces senior official's visit to Nepal amid political crisis

Chinese delegation returned home Wednesday after concluding visit to Nepal (Representation)

Beijing:

China on Thursday downplayed the importance of a senior ruling Communist Party of China official visit to Nepal to unite warring Communist Party of Nepal factions, saying the Chinese delegation’s talks focused on improving interactions between parties.

The high-level Chinese delegation headed by Communist Party of China (CPC) International Department (CPC) Vice Minister Guo Yezhou visited Nepal this week and held separate talks with key leaders of warring factions in the ruling party to correct their discrepancies. .

The Chinese delegation returned home on Wednesday after concluding its four-day visit to Kathmandu as the political crisis continued in Nepal.

Asked to disclose the results of Guo’s visit during a press briefing in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin avoided any reference to the current political crisis in Nepal and China’s efforts to achieve rapprochement between the conflicting Nepalese leaders.

Wang said the Chinese delegation met with leaders of the ruling party and opposition in Nepal and exchanged views on conducting party interactions and mutual learning, promoting practical cooperation the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and other matters of mutual interest.

“The Nepalese side congratulated the CPC on the upcoming 100th anniversary of its founding and expressed willingness to deepen traditional friendship,” Wang said.

Nepal plunged into political crisis after Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, known for his pro-Beijing leanings, in a surprise gesture recommended the dissolution of the 275-member chamber on December 20, amid a struggle for power with former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal. “.

Acting on Oli’s recommendation, President Bidya Devi Bhandari dissolved the chamber the same day and announced new elections on April 30 and May 10, sparking protests from a large section of the Communist Party of Nepal (NCP) led by Prachanda, also co-chairman of the ruling party.

The Chinese delegation met with President Bhandari, Prime Minister Oli, PCN “Prachanda” and Madhav Nepal presidents, former Prime Minister Jhana Nath Khanal and party leader Janata Samajbadi Baburam Bhattarai.

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During his meetings with Oli and Prachanda, the Chinese leader learned that he told them to make efforts for reunification because the split of Nepal’s largest communist party would weaken the communist movement in South Asia, according to a senior leader of the faction led by Prachanda. of the PCN.

The Chinese delegation suggested two possible solutions to resolve the current political crisis in Nepal, a senior NCP said in Kathmandu on Tuesday.

Under “Plan A”, the dissolved House could be reinstated by the verdict of the Supreme Court followed by the reunification of the two factions, he said on condition of anonymity.

The Chinese leader has advised senior NCP leaders to give Prime Minister Oli an alternative if parliament is restored.

If the first option is not feasible, then “Plan B” would be to challenge the midterm election by an electoral alliance between all the communist forces in Nepal, the NCP leader added.

The Chinese team also met with the main opposition leader of the Nepalese Congress Sher Bahadur Deuba and discussed the latest political developments in the country.

China’s political profile in Nepal has grown in recent years with billions of dollars in investments under its multibillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative, including the Trans-Himalayan Multidimensional Connectivity Network.

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