With the end of the monarchy, China has lost an old friend in Nepal. In the future, who will be China's friend?
The relationship between China and Nepal is very strong. Regardless of the changes in Nepal,the Chinese policy towards Nepal will always remain the same. Whoever the Nepali people choose and want to be led by will be China's friend.
But China made no efforts to save its old friend.
China never interferes in the internal matters of other countries. We respect the decision made by the Nepalis.
If the Free Tibet Movement becomes stronger in Kathmandu, what will you do?
We are aware of it. India and the west have supported the Dalai Lama and thus increased the problems. In the present political situation in Nepal, the so-called Tibet freedom movement has gained momentum. This has been China's problem for a long time. But Nepal has always treated Tibet as a part of China. The Nepal government should take a strong stance against the Free Tibet movement in Nepal.
As a Chinese diplomat, what is your advice to Nepal?
Relations between Nepal and China will still be centred on the security of the two nations. But the main necessity for Nepal is economic development and prosperity. China can help Nepal with that. Now is not the time for political squabbles, the political leaders need to focus on economic development. I was the Chinese ambassador to Nepal during Jana Andolan I. Even then my suggestion was the same to the political leaders. There are still differences amongst the leaders on economic development.
How can China help Nepal in its economic development?
I have been discussing with China's Chambers of Commerce and other big industrialists how China can contribute to Nepal's economic development. In the near future, I will visit Nepal with a group of industrial representatives. A lot of Chinese industrialists are interested in investing in Nepal.