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The Nepali Times published its interview with Chinese Ambassador Yang Houlan

5 August 2011, The Nepali Times published the interview with Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Yang Houlan as follows:

1. What's your view about the current state of Nepal-China relations?

The friendly relations between China and Nepal have long history. Nepal is one of the earlier states to establish diplomatic relations with New China after its founding in 1949. Since the establishment of diplomatic relation between China and Nepal, China-Nepal relation has been witnessing healthy and stable development regardless of however the international environment and two countries' domestic situation changed. China and Nepal stick to Five Peaceful-Coexistence Principals, respect mutually, treat each other equally, share mutual trust, and sincerely assist each other. The relationship between the two countries should be considered as a good example in dealing with international affairs. China and Nepal established Comprehensive Partnership Relations featuring ever last and bring the bilateral relationship to a new height. With the promotion of the exchanges and cooperation in political, economic and cultural fields, the China-Nepal Comprehensive Partnership will have a bright future.

2. The prolonged political uncertainty in Kathmandu must be worrying your government?

Nepal is in the period of political transformation facing two historic tasks of peace process and constitution drafting. It's not long time since my arrival in Nepal, but I have deeply felt the strong desire of the people who wanted to realize national peace and stability at an earlier date. People now have different views on some issues; meanwhile everyone's general aim in regard with promoting peace, stability and development is the same. As Nepal's neighbor, China sincerely hopes and firmly believes that Nepal can conclude the constitution drafting and peace process with the joint efforts of the whole Nepali people and political parties.

3. What are China's major concerns in Nepal?

The concerns you mentioned can be termed as hopes of China. Firstly, we hope that Nepal can realize long-standing of peace and stability as soon as possible. Secondly, we hope that Nepal can be on the track of fast economic and social development. Thirdly, we hope that China and Nepal should continuously strengthen the cooperation in safeguarding the stability in border areas, combat trans-boundary crime and maintain social stability of both countries.

4. Politicians in Nepal often try to play China of against India, do you think this is a useful strategy?

Nepal has two important neighbors, namely China and India. It is in the common interests that the tri-parties strengthen good interaction and mutually beneficial cooperation. Here, I want to emphasize that there is no conflict between the development of Nepal-China friendly cooperation and that of Nepal-India friendly cooperation.

5. People in Nepal are hopeful that China's economic growth and the economic development in Tibet will help Nepal, what is your opinion about this?

China sticks to the policy of "building friendship and partnership with neighboring countries". China couldn't get sound development without the development of its neighbors while China is willing to share the experience and opportunities of development with our neighbors and help promote their development. Over the past few years, Chinese side has been strengthening the work of infrastructure interconnection in hope of improving the bilateral economic, trade and personnel exchanges between China and Nepal.

6. In Which sector would Chinese bilateral aid be concentrated in the next few years?

Since the establishment of China-Nepal diplomatic relations, Chinese side has always been providing grant assistance to Nepal in a large number of public projects. I feel that our two governments will continue to expand cooperation on the sectors as infrastructure construction, hydropower, agriculture, tourism, health, education and culture.

7. What are your plans for Lumbini?

I once went to Lumbini to attend "Advancing the vision for Lumbini's Development" Round Table Discussion jointly organized by Nepal government and UNESCO and knew all parties had attached great importance to the development and preservation of Lumbini. As the birthplace of Lord Buddha, Lumbini has great worth of history, religion and culture. As I know, some Chinese enterprises have shown keen interest of developing Lumbini. Chinese side is willing to support the plan of Nepal for developing Lumbini.

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