Nepali Times
"China hopes for social stability"

Nepali Times: What's your view about the current state of Nepal-China relations?
Yang Houlan:
The friendly relations between China and Nepal have a long history. Nepal is one of the early states to establish diplomatic relations with New China after its founding in 1949. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations, China-Nepal relations has been witnessing healthy and stable development regardless of the international environment and two countries' domestic situations. China and Nepal stick to the Five Peaceful-Coexistence Principles, mutual respect, treat each other equally, share mutual trust, and sincerely assist each other. The relationship between the two countries should be considered a good example for international affairs. China and Nepal established a Comprehensive Partnership Relationship to take bilateral relations to a new height. With the promotion of exchanges and cooperation in political, economic and cultural fields, this partnership will have a bright future.

But the prolonged political uncertainty in Kathmandu must be unsettling for your government?
Nepal is in the period of political transformation facing two historic tasks of peace process and constitution drafting. It's not been long since my arrival in Nepal, but I have deeply felt the strong desire of the people who wanted to realise national peace and stability at an earlier date. People now have different views on some issues, meanwhile everyone's general aim in regard with promoting peace, stability and development is the same. As Nepal's neighbour, China sincerely hopes and firmly believes that Nepal can conclude the constitution drafting and peace process with the joint efforts of the Nepali people and political parties.

What are China's main concerns in Nepal?
The concerns you mention can be termed as hopes of China. Firstly, we hope that Nepal can realise long-standing of peace and stability as soon as possible. Secondly, we hope that Nepal can be on the track of fast economic and social development. Thirdly, we hope that China and Nepal should continuously strengthen the cooperation in safeguarding the stability in border areas, combat trans-boundary crime and maintain social stability of both countries.

Politicians in Nepal often try to play China of against India, do you think this is a useful strategy?
Nepal has two important neighbours, namely China and India. It is in their common interests that the three parties strengthen good interaction and mutually beneficial cooperation. Here, I want to emphasise that there is no conflict between the development of Nepal-China friendly cooperation and that of Nepal-India friendly cooperation.

People in Nepal are hopeful that China's economic growth and the economic development in Tibet will help Nepal. What is your opinion about this?
China sticks to the policy of building friendship and partnership with neighboring countries. China cannot achieve sound development without the development of its neighbours. So we are willing to share the experience and opportunities of development with our neighbors and help promote their development. Over the past few years, the Chinese side has been strengthening the work of infrastructure interconnection in the hope of improving the bilateral economic, trade and personnel exchanges between China and Nepal.

And, in which sector would Chinese bilateral aid be concentrated in the next few years?
Since the establishment of China-Nepal diplomatic relations, the Chinese side has always been providing grant assistance to Nepal in a large number of public projects. I feel that the major fields of Chinese assistance are infrastructure construction, hydropower, agriculture, education and culture.

What are your plans for Lumbini?
I went to Lumbini to attend the roundtable discussion Advancing the Vision for Lumbini's Development jointly organised by the Nepal government and UNESCO and knew all parties attached great importance to the development and preservation of Lumbini. As the birthplace of Lord Buddha, Lumbini has great worth in terms of history, religion and culture. As I know, some Chinese enterprises have shown keen interest of developing Lumbini. The Chinese side is willing to support Nepal's plan for developing Lumbini.

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1. kunta lama
ya right. why dont you tell you are here to stop Tibetan refugees from making any more noices. Mao envoy dont care about nepal relationship. They want to penetrate India using nepal. thats all. and our leaders are perfect partner in crime. goos soos and netas are ready to lend a hand.

2. DG
"As I know,some Chinese enterprises have shown  keen interest of developing Lumbini.
The Chinese  is willing to support Nepal plan for developing Lumbini."
As Puspa Kamal Dahal isone of the Vice -Chairman of the Chinese bussiness group,s committee , his silence in this matter has  raised suspicion and disbelief about this project part.
The government of Nepal has not been approached before it was formed,nor approval was given. United Nation,s head quarter also was not taken into confidience. UNIDO representative  at Beijing ,why is he involved? Yes ,..his  office can if  becomes the executing agency can get 15% service charge.
Lumbini Project has two component; one is the sacred garden Lumbini the other is the Lumbini Reginal Plan,which covers North-South upto Mustang And East-West Kapilbastu to Chitwan. It can be expanded even further.
The people of Nepal have aright to know about it. And the proper person to do that explanation is no other than Prachanda itself.He has a responsibility to do that as soon as he can.

(11 JAN 2013 - 17 JAN 2013)