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China says its close ties with Nepal will not affect ”any third party”

By Outlook

China on Wednesday said that its close ties with Nepal, reinforced during the recent visit of its Defence Minister to the Himalayan nation, will not affect “any third party”.

Defence Minister Gen Wei Fenghe met Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli and exchanged views on matters of mutual interest and held talks with Army Chief Gen. Purna Chandra Thapa on ways to resume military cooperation and training impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic during his visit on Sunday.

“We believe that our cooperation is in the benefit of both peoples and conducive to the socio-economic development in Nepal. This relationship will not affect any third party,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing here on a question on Gen. Wei’s visit.

During his visit, Gen Wei, also a State Councillor, lauded Nepal”s leadership for resolutely pursuing the “one-China” policy and offered firm support to the Himalayan country in safeguarding its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, the defence ministry said here on Monday.

Under the “one-China” policy, Beijing emphasises other countries to recognise Taiwan and Tibet as part of China, it said.

As China firmed up its ties with Nepal, which shares borders with Tibet, with heavy investments besides loans and financial assistance, Beijing wants Kathmandu to stop the free-flow of Tibetans to travel to Dharamshala in India to meet Tibet”s highest spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, the statement said.

Nepal also has a large chunk of Tibetan population.

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