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Senior Chinese official outlines proposal to boost China-Nepal ties


09:39, August 18, 2011

Zhou Yongkang (L), a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and also secretary of the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs of the CPC Central Committee, meets with Nepalese caretaker Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, Aug. 17, 2011. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)

KATHMANDU, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- Visiting senior Chinese official Zhou Yongkang put forward a range of measures here Wednesday to promote China-Nepal relations.

Zhou, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, put forward the proposal in a meeting with Nepalese caretaker Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal.

The two sides, Zhou said, should maintain the momentum of high-level diplomacy and promote exchanges and cooperation between their governments, parliaments, political parties and peoples.

Meanwhile, the two neighbors needed to deepen their mutually beneficial cooperation in such areas as infrastructure construction, agriculture, tourism and border trade and assign priority to major cooperation projects, he said.

In parallel, China and Nepal should continue to beef up communication and cooperation both on their security and law enforcement issues and on important international affairs, Zhou said.

He proposed efforts also be made to boost bilateral people-to-people exchanges, especially those between the young generations, to reinforce the foundation for the bilateral friendship.

Zhou thanked the Nepalese government for its steadfast support for China over issues related to Tibet and Taiwan, expressing the hope that Nepal would continue to prevent Tibetan separatists from using Nepalese soil to act against China.

While accentuating the time-honored friendship between the two nations, Zhou also conveyed Beijing's sincere wish that Nepalese political leaders can bring peace and stability back to their country as soon as possible.

Khanal expressed gratitude for China's selfless aid to his country and said that, as China's friendly neighbor, Nepal was pleased to see China's peaceful development and growing prosperity.

He described China as Nepal's true friend, adding his country was ready to work with China to promote bilateral exchanges and cooperation in various fields and steer the Nepal-China relationship further forward.

Following the meeting, the two attended the signing ceremony for a number of bilateral cooperation agreements.
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