Prachanda draws attention of Chinese Foreign Minister to smooth operation of border points

CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Prachanda (R) and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi hold talks on Sunday. (Photo: RSS)

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Kathmandu: CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal alias Prachanda has drawn the attention of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to create an environment conducive for the smooth operation of border points.

Tatopani and Rasuwagadhi checkpoints have not come into full operation for long due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Prachanda also urged the Chinese government to expeditiously bring into implementation projects related to physical infrastructures being forwarded under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), said Maoist leader Shakti Basnet emerging from the meeting.

According to him, various dimensions of Nepal-China relations were also discussed.

Maoist Center Chair Prachanda, expounding on the friendly ties between Nepal and China, reiterated Nepal’s commitment to not allowing any anti-China activities on Nepali soil. “Nepal is always steadfast on the one-China policy and we will not allow Nepal’s territory to be used against any country,” he said.

Chairman Prachanda said they believe that projects related to BRI to which China has committed and which are tied to Nepal’s economic development would be forwarded.

In response, the Chinese Minister said his government will continue its assistance in the economic and social development of Nepal.

China as a neighbor and as a country that has a traditional friendly relation with Nepal has been supporting and would continue the country’s eagerness for its development, he said.

Present during the meeting were also Maoist Center leaders Narayan Kaji Shrestha and personal secretary of Chair Dahal Ramesh Malla.