Scholars on the Sino-Nepal relations and the political leadership have univocally underscored the need to extend the ties between Nepal and China at the people-to-people level.

At a webinar jointly organised by the Sammunati Foundation Nepal and Charhar Institute of China on the occasion of 66th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Nepal and China today, the participants viewed that people-to-people relations should be accorded highest priority by both countries.

Former Nepali ambassador to China Dr Mahesh Maskey, former vice-president of the National Planning Commission Dr Pitambar Sharma, Prof Yuwaraj Sangraula and deputy executive director at the Institute of Foreign Affairs Rupak Sapkota also said that Nepal should benefit from China's 'Belt and Road Initiatives'.

Likewise, Chinese scholars from Charhar Institute presented their views on various dynamics of Sino-Nepal ties.

Maskey spoke on various aspects of Sino-Nepal relations and Sharma on BRI.

Prof Dr Sangraula had presented a paper on the current situation of Afghanistan and its effect on South Asia, including Nepal.

Likewise, former Chinese ambassador to Nepal Qui Guohong opined that the ties of Sino-Nepal should be expanded in the new circumstances. Another Chinese scholar presented his views about the elements that could affect Nepal-China ties and how to remain alert about them.

Over 100 participants had presented their views in the webinar.

A version of this article appears in the print on August 30 2021, of The Himalayan Times.