Kathmandu: China commends the Nepali government’s decision not to move ahead on the State Partnership Program (SPP) with the United States, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Thursday.
Spokesperson Wang Wenbin made the remarks at a daily news briefing when asked to comment on the issue, Xinhua reported.
Wang said that the program had been widely controversial in Nepal, as various political parties and factions, the government, the army and people across the Nepali society see the SPP as a military and security initiative closely linked to the Indo-Pacific Strategy. They consider it against the national interests of Nepal and its long-held non-aligned, balanced foreign policy to be part of the SPP.
“As Nepal’s friendly and close neighbor and strategic cooperative partner, China commends the Nepali government’s decision,” the report added quoting Wang. He added that China will continue to support Nepal in upholding its sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity and support Nepal’s commitment to its independent and non-aligned foreign policy.
“China stands ready to work with Nepal to jointly safeguard regional security, stability, and shared prosperity,” said the spokesperson.