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China pats Nepal over its handling of Tibet issue

September 15, 2010

By Phurbu Thinley
Phayul
September 13, 2010

Dharamsala, Sept 13 -- The visiting high level
Chinese delegation has reportedly expressed
satisfaction over "Nepal’s ‘one China’ policy and
the alertness adopted by the country over the Tibet issue”.

A 21-member delegation led by He Yong,
vice-premier and Secretary of the 17th Central
Committee of the Communist Party of China, who
arrived in Kathmandu on Saturday afternoon on a six-day visit.

The visit comes in the wake of recent scandal
involving Nepal's opposition Maoist party in
which the former guerrillas have been accused of
seeking NRS 500 million from Chinese "friends" to
buy MPs' votes in run up to the election to choose Nepal’s new prime minister.

The delegation arrived in Nepal at the invitation
of the UCPN-Maoist, the Nepali Congress and the
CPN-UML and comes in the wake of will hold
meetings with different political parties during
the visit, Nepali media reports said.

Just after their arrival in Kathmandu on
Saturday, the delegation met with UCPN-Maoist
leaders, including Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal,
and Nepali Congress seniors, including acting
President Sushil Koirala, separately at a
five-star hotel in the Nepalese Capital.

During an hour-long close-door meeting at Soaltee
Crowne Plaza, the Maoist chairman reportedly
asked the Chinese delegates to "increase the ties
between the Nepali Maoist party and the CPC
(Communist Party of China)," Himalayan Times
cited UCPN-Maoist vice chairman Narayan Kaji Shrestha as saying.

Maoist chairman Dahal, three vice chairmen of the
party -- Mohan Baidhya, Dr. Baburam Bhattarai and
Shrestha-- the party’s foreign department chief
Krishna Bahadur Mahara and Steering Committee
member Dev Gurung took part in the meeting.

During the meeting, the Maoist leadership also
assured the Chinese delegates that it "is
committed to the One China Policy, and assured
them of not letting the Nepali soil to be used against China”.

Meanwhile, the Chinese delegation invited the
Maoist Chairman to visit China at a convenient time.

The Chinese delegation also held talks with Prime
Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav on Sunday.

The meeting with the Prime Minister Nepal dwelt
reportedly on the "political stalemate, peace
process and bilateral cooperation."

While Mr Nepal expressed commitment to his
country’s "One China Policy," Secretary Yong
expressed satisfaction over Nepal’s handling of Tibet-related issue.

The delegation, representing an officially
atheist government, on Monday visited Lumbini,
the birth place of Gautam Buddha, and even
offered offers at the Maya Devi Temple. They also
visited Chenhuwa Buddhist Gumba, made by the
Chinese government in the temple premises.

Following the "massive" anti-China unrest in
Tibet in 2008, China has been sending a flurry of
high-level official delegations to Nepal to
ensure it effectively curbs "Free-Tibet
activities" on its soil. In return China promises
to increase assistance to the crisis-ridden country.

The delegation will return to China on September 16.
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