Chinese ambassador Yanqi meets NCP Co-chair Dahal

KATHMANDU: Ambassador of People’s Republic of China to Nepal Hou Yanqi has visited Co-chair of Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Thursday morning.

Yanqi has called on Dahal at his residence in Khumaltar, Lalitpur following the controversial dissolution of House of Representatives – a decision that has led to the formal splitting up of the largest party in Nepal.

She also paid a visit to President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Tuesday evening for what the Office of the President claims was a pre-scheduled regular meeting.

The Chinese envoy is known to be active during times of crisis in Nepali politics, especially those concerning the ruling NCP. Apparently, China had expressed its concern regarding the situation and forwarded its wish that the Communist party remain united despite all adversity.

Yanqi had in the past – first in May and next around November – expedited meetings with top leaders of the party, including party's other co-chair Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, as reports of increasing disputes and a possible split began to emerge.

On Tuesday, NCP split into two – one led by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on whose recommendation the Lower House was dissolved, and the other led by Dahal and senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal, who have been protesting the same.

The split, however, is yet to be recognised by the Election Commission.

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