The Nepali government and the King are capable of solving Nepalâ€™s internal problems,â€ said the Chinese scholar, professor Wang Hongyu. â€œChina does not want to interfere in Nepalâ€™s internal affairs todayâ€, he added, maintaining his comments were unofficial.
â€˜The emerging trends in international relations: Implication for Sino-Nepali tiesâ€™, a programme organised by China Study Centre here on Tuesday, invited discussion about Chinaâ€™s role in Nepalâ€™s current affairs. â€œThere should be more official level dialogues between the two countries,â€ said former secretary general of SAARC Yadav Kant Silwal.
Assuring Chinaâ€™s support on Nepalâ€™s sovereignty, territorial integrity and national security, Hongyu said, â€œWe support the adopted measures of the Nepali government to maintain stability by combating activities of violence and terror.â€
On potential business ties between the two countries, he said that the Chinese are aware of the Nepali market and they will soon be carrying out business here. â€œNepal is a new market for China, but it will grow,â€ said Hongyu committing to bring businessmen of the two countries together.
Hongyu used to be the deputy director of Afro-Asian department in Shanghai Academy of Economic Sciences and is currently associated with private sector enterprises in China.
He also brought to attention that â€œSince Tibet has a closer proximity with Nepal compared to central China, Nepal could feasibly do regular business with Tibetâ€. He however stressed Nepal should not neglect the Chinese market since it is the â€œlargest potential market in the worldâ€ and many products could be imported from China into Nepal.
He pointed out that the friendship between the two countries dates back to Chinaâ€™s Jin dynasty, when Buddhists of China were regularly visiting Nepal in search of Buddhist scriptures.
The marriage of Nepali princess Bhrikuti with Shongzanjulbu and the visit of artist Arniko to Tibet also strengthened the Sino-Nepali friendship. The first diplomatic relations between the two countries were established in 1955.
However, the year 2001 saw a major leap in the development of Sino-Nepali relations and the frequent exchange of visitors between Nepal and China. â€œChinese Premier Zhu Rongjhiâ€™s visit to Nepal was observed in the fourth meeting on bilateral negotiations in Beijing in 2001,â€ pointed out Hongyu.