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China recalls ´weak´ ambassador

April 14, 2011

The Himalayan Times: Added At: 2011-03-27 9:32 AM
LEKHANATH PANDEY

KATHMANDU: The Government of China has recalled its ambassador to Nepal Qiu Guohong, a highly placed source said. Qiu, who had taken charge for two years and four months, pulled out from Nepal just eight months before the expiry of his normal three-year tenure.

Ambassador Qiu on Friday conveyed the news about his recall to Foreign Secretary of Nepal Dr. Madan Kumar Bhattarai, according to the source.

Sources said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China was dissatisfied with Qiu due to his weak diplomacy to neutralise any anti-Chinese activities in Nepal.

Activities, including violent protests of the Free-Tibet Movement, which is Beijing’s utmost concern in Nepal, have been occurring in its southern neighbour since Qiu’s arrival to Nepal in late 2008.

An official at the Chinese Embassy also confirmed the news, denying further comment. He is expected to return Beijing within two weeks.
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