Premier Wen Jiabao Holds Talks with Nepalese Prime Minister Bhattarai

2012/01/14

On January 14, 2012, visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao held talks with Nepalese Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai in Kathmandu.

During the talks, Wen said China and Nepal are close neighbors linked by mountains and rivers. He said that with a solid political and social foundation, China-Nepal relations have witnessed sound and stable development in various stages since the two nations established diplomatic ties 56 years ago. China respects Nepal's choice on its development path according to its own national conditions and supports its efforts to safeguard national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, said the Chinese premier. Appreciating Nepal's adherence to the one-China policy and its support for China's major concerns, Wen said that China stands ready to boost high-level contacts and consultations at various levels with Nepal in a concerted effort to tackle complex situations and safeguard their common interests.

The two sides need to expand practical cooperation on an equal and mutually beneficial basis, strengthen the overall planning and steadily advance the implementation of related cooperative projects, he said. China will continue to help Nepal improve people's livelihood, increase its capability for self-development and encourage competent and reputable Chinese enterprises to invest in Nepal, Wen said. China will support Tibet Autonomous Region to tap its own advantages and strengthen exchanges and cooperation with the Nepalese side. The two sides should also improve the current conditions for customs clearance and open new border trading ports at an early date in a bid to promote border trade, he said. Both side should strengthen law enforcement and security cooperation and jointly safeguard the stability and tranquility in border areas. They need to take advantage of the 2012 "China-Nepal Year of Friendly Exchanges" to boost contacts in various areas such as culture, education, tourism, journalism and exchanges of youths, so as to promote understanding and friendship between the two peoples, said the Chinese premier.

Wen said seeking peace, stability and development is the common aspiration of the countries in South Asia. The Chinese government is committed to developing friendly cooperation with all South Asian countries based on the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence. China supports the South Asian integration process, attaches importance to developing friendly cooperation with the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and is willing to further enhance the level of bilateral relations.

Bhattarai, on behalf of the Nepalese government and people, extended warm welcome for Premier Wen's visit. He hailed Wen's visit as a landmark one, expressing belief it will push bilateral ties to a higher level. He said that Nepal and China have a long history of exchanges. As good neighbors and close friends, Nepal and China have, as always, respected and supported each other on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence since the establishment of diplomatic ties and bilateral ties have achieved all-round development. Nepal appreciates China's long-standing support and selfless assistance, he said. Nepal attaches great importance to China's core interests, firmly adheres to the one-China policy and deems Taiwan and Tibet as an integral part of China, said Bhattarai, pledging that the Nepalese government will never allow any anti-China activities on its territory. Nepal is willing to work with China to strengthen high-level exchanges, advance political trust and expand mutually beneficial cooperation, said the Nepalese prime minister. Nepal also welcomes Chinese businesses to invest in the country. Enhanced cooperation between China and South Asian countries is conducive to regional cooperation and development and Nepal is willing to maintain close communication and cooperation with China in international and regional affairs to jointly promote regional prosperity.

After their meeting, China and Nepal issued a joint statement and the two leaders attended a signing ceremony of bilateral cooperation documents.

Prior to the talks, Bhattarai held a grand welcome ceremony for Wen.

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