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Stable Nepal crucial for stability of Tibet: Chinese envoy

December 13, 2008

Nepalnews.com - Kathmandu
Dec 12 2008
 
The new Chinese ambassador Qiu Guohong has said that the friendly and stable Nepal is important for the stability of southern China and Tibetan autonomous region.
Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Qiu Guohong (L) speaking to journalists in a meet the press programme in Kathmandu, Friday, Dec 12 08. nepalnews.com/rh    
Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Qiu Guohong (L) speaking to journalists in a meet the...
 
Addressing his first press conference in the capital, Friday, Guohong added that Nepal was also important trade link for parts of China.
 
"Nepal is also a very important potential trade passage for middle and western part of China. Nepal can also serve as an important economic bridge linking China and South Asia," he said.
 
He reiterated Chinese position vis-à-vis its policy supporting sovereignty and integrity of Nepal. "If in future Nepal faces problems, then China will support the effort of Nepalese government and people's efforts to safeguard its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity," he said.
 
The ambassador added that he will try in his tenure to increase economic relations between the two countries. He said he wished to increase bilateral trade from existing $400 million per year to $ 4000 million in coming years.
 
He added that despite the effects China is facing due to international financial crisis, he will try to increase yearly assistance to Nepal, which currently stands at around one billion rupees.
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