Kathmandu, October 13
Nepal and China issued a 14-point joint statement at the conclusion of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s two-day state visit to Nepal, agreeing to respect and accommodate each other’s concerns and core interests.
The Nepali side reiterated its firm commitment to One China policy, acknowledging that Taiwan is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory and Tibet affairs are China’s internal affairs. It also vowed not to allow any anti-China activities on its soil. The Chinese side reiterated its firm support to Nepal in upholding the country’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and its firm support and respect to Nepal’s social system and development path independently chosen in the light of Nepal’s national conditions.
Both sides recognised that the bilateral relationship between the two countries was characterised by equality, harmonious coexistence, ever-lasting friendship and comprehensive cooperation.
They agreed to strengthen cooperation in the United Nations and other multilateral fora and to safeguard common interests of developing countries. The two sides expressed firm commitment to the multilateral trading regime and work for a more open, inclusive and balanced economic globalisation with shared benefits.
Both sides held that President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Nepal marked the beginning of a new era in Nepal-China relations and served as an important milestone in the history of friendly cooperation between the two countries.
Both sides will coordinate closely to speed up construction of Pokhara International Airport so that it would start operation at an early date. Recognising that Mount Sagarmatha/Zhumulangma is an eternal symbol of friendship between Nepal and China, the two sides will promote cooperation in different fields, including addressing climate change and protecting the environment.
A version of this article appears in print on October 14, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.