Nepali PM visits Lhasa, kicking off China tour

09:07, December 27, 2009      

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Nepalese Prime Madhav Kumar Nepal (L Front) walks at the Tribhuvan International Airport prior to his departure for China, in Katmandu, capital of Nepal, Dec. 26, 2009. Madhav Kumar Nepal left here for China on Saturday for a week-long official visit. (Xinhua/Bimal Gautam)

Nepali Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal arrived here Saturday afternoon, kicking off a six-day visit to China at the invitation of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.

This was his first official visit to China since he became prime minister of the Himalayan nation in May this year.

Besides Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Nepal will tour other cities of Xi'an, Beijing and Shanghai.

In the capital city of Beijing, Chinese President Hu Jintao and top legislator Wu Bangguo will meet with Nepal respectively, and Premier Wen will hold talks with him.

Nepal expressed his belief on Thursday in his country that this China tour would help cement and push forward bilateral traditional friendship.

He reiterated that Nepal would adhere to the one-China policy, and would not allow any force to use Nepal's territory to take anti-China act.

China's Tibet shares a 1,400-km-long borderline with Nepal. Experts predicted that Chinese and Nepali leaders would exchange views on Tibet issue.

The adherence to the one-China policy was an essential point of Nepal's foreign policy, said Ma Jiali, a Chinese expert on South Asia issues.

Ma, a researcher with China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, said in an interview with Xinhua that Nepal's visit to Tibet was intended to promote stability in the border area and enhance economic and trade links between his country and Tibet.

Statistics showed that the China-Nepal trade volume reached 304million U.S. dollars in the first ten months this year, with border trade accounting for more than 70 percent.

Tibet and Nepal had also made fruitful cooperation in tourism and flight course.

The Prime Minister may also seek Chinese support in infrastructure building and hydroelectric power development during this China visit, Ma said.

According to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu, China's established policy was to consolidate and develop good-neighborly, friendly and cooperative relations with Nepal on the basis of the five principles of peaceful coexistence.

Nepal's visit would hopefully consolidate China-Nepal friendship, promote bilateral friendly exchanges and reciprocal cooperation, Jiang said.

Source: Xinhua
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