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System change in Nepal not to affect ties with TAR

July 2, 2008

Rising Nepal
June 29, 2008

Lhasa, June 29 -- Scholars of Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) of the
People's Republic of China have said that Nepal and TAR will continue
to enjoy the friendly ties no matter what political system do the
Nepalese people choose.

In separate interactions this week in the provincial capital city of
Lhasa with a team of Nepali journalists, Professors Jiabai
Cidanpingcuo and Sun Yong hailed Nepal's 'One-China' policy and
welcomed the Nepali people's recent move to republic from kingdom.
Both scholars said that no political change in Nepal could affect
Nepal-China relations.

"China always respects the choice of Nepali people. Since the current
political change in Nepal is the choice of majority of Nepalese
people, China respects the rights of Nepalese people. Whatever
political change or system prevails in Nepal, it does not affect our
bilateral relations," Prof. Yong of Tibet Academy of Social Sciences
(TASS) said.

"Nepalese people and the government of Nepal have stood for truth by
supporting 'One-China' policy. They have the great idea and we love
Nepal and the Nepalese," said 86-year-old Prof. Jiabai, a noted
Tibetan historian.

Yong too expressed his confidence that Nepal would stick to 'One
China' policy no matter whatever political system the Nepalese choose
or whichever party is in power. Recalling Nepal as the first country
to recognize 'One China' policy, Yong expected that the friendly
relationships between Nepal and China would always prosper.

A Buddhist and veteran supporter of Mao Tse Tung and Deng Shao Ping,
Prof. Jiabai also served as the Vice-Chairman of TAR from 1996 to
1998. But now he enjoys a retired life practicing Buddhism. With his
hearing and eye-sight getting weaker, he is not directly associated
with any political and other organizations, yet many officials
frequent him seeking his advice. He is now a consultant of Tibet
Academy of Social Sciences. Even though he is not much familiar with
the recent developments in outer world, he is well aware about the
recent political developments in Nepal.

"I am very happy with the recent political change in Nepal. Nepal is
now getting calm. In the past I was greatly worried seeing the
conflicts and wars in Nepal," he said.

He visited Nepal in 1950 but he cannot remember the exact date.
"Nepalese people were in (democratic) war when I reached there," he
recalled his visit to Nepal. "Then I had suggested solutions to the problem."

Although Nepal and Tibet fought battles in the past, they have been
good friends for over thousand years and they will continue to enjoy
friendly relations for centuries to come, Prof. Jiabai wished.

Prof. Sun Yong of TASS has also similar views. Yong who is also Party
Secretary of TAR said that China and Nepal have been good neighbours
and friends for centuries.

"No force can mar the relationship between Nepal and China no matter
what political situation exists in both sides. The tie (between these
countries) is strong with the expressions of solidarity from both
sides and will further develop in the future," Yong said.

Referring to Nepal and China as lands of Shakya Muni Buddha and
Confucius respectively, Yong said that fusion of Buddhism and
Confucianism had brought the two countries culturally closer
centuries ago. According to him, both philosophies emphasized the
development of harmonious society.

"Moreover, the growing interest of Nepalese people in the Maoists
philosophy in the recent years is yet another milestone in
Nepal-China relations," Yong said and added that with Nepalese people
practicing Maoist philosophy, the relations between the two countries
will be strengthened.

When asked whether TASS had carried out any research on the Maoist
movement in Nepal, Prof. Yong said that they failed to do any such
research due to the lack of concrete information about the movement in Nepal.

"What information we got was only from media which was inadequate.
But now we are studying it. Now we are learning how the Maoists in
Nepal reached in the centre of politics from the forests," he said.

In another question, Yong said that he had no plans (at the moment)
to provide any scholarship to Nepali students from TASS. However, he
revealed a plan to develop an institution 'Search Asia' out of TASS
and visit Nepal for research purposes. "However, we expect
reciprocity from Nepal in this regard," Yong said.

When asked about the possibility of extending railway lines to Nepal
border, Yong reminded the conversation between the then King Birendra
and Chairman Mao in Beijing in 1970 about the railway connection
between the two countries. "When the idea of connecting Nepal with
railway existed then, there is no question that we do not like the
idea of connecting Kathmandu with China. However, we are not the
authorities to say when Nepal will be connected with railway with
China. Only the government can tell this," Yong said.
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