Nepal committed to One-China policy: Minister Basnet

KATHMANDU: The newly-appointed Minister for Information and Communications Mohan Bahadur Basnet today said that Nepal was committed to the One-China policy.

Addressing a programme organised in the Capital to commemorate the 62nd anniversary of the Nepal-China diplomatic ties today, Minister Basnet said that the cultural, religious and economic relations existing between the two close neighbours were further getting consolidated.

"The Nepal Government is always alert to the possibility of any anti-China activities from the Nepali territory,"added Minister Basnet.

"China's non-interference in Nepal's domestic affairs and reaching the people's doorsteps at time of natural disasters was testimony that both neighbours had strong, friendly and cordial relations,” said Basnet further expressing his hope that relations between both the countries would be more cordial once the neighbours are connected through the remaining 11 transit points.

Similarly, speaking on the occasion, Lawmaker Rupa Maharjan stated that Nepal could take many benefits for China and India and it was always expected to serve as a bridge between the two countries.

Nepal had already agreed to be a part of the One Road One Belt concept, a development initiative proposed by China.

Likewise, the Ambassador of China to Nepal Yu Hong said that Nepal and China had old and deep relations extended to the people's level.

"The Chinese Government is always positive toward the development of Nepal," she said recalling the Chinese assistance in the construction of some big projects in Nepal.

Former Ministers for Foreign Affairs Mahendra Bahadur Pandey and Ramesh Nath Pandey, Former Nepali Ambassador to China Tanka Karki  among others were present in the event.