Chi­nese mes­sage: Sta­bil­ity, de­vel­op­ment, pros­per­ity

People's Review - - FRONT PAGE - By Pushpa Raj Prad­han

Chi­nese Vice Pre­mier Wang Yang, dur­ing the meet­ing with the Nepali lead­ers, said that China wants to see Nepal po­lit­i­cally sta­ble, eco­nom­i­cally de­vel­oped and a pros­per­ous na­tion. He ex­pressed the view that China is ea­ger to sup­port Nepal in in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment in­clud­ing road, hy­dropower, de­vel­op­ment of herbs, among oth­ers. The Chi­nese leader who vis­ited Nepal as the spe­cial en­voy of Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, ex­pressed dis­sat­is­fac­tion on the de­layed im­ple­men­ta­tion of the past agree­ments en­dorsed be­tween Nepal and China. Thus, he asked the top Nepali lead­ers to give po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity. Ob­vi­ously, the Chi­nese leader was in­di­cat­ing to the de­layed im­ple­men­ta­tion of the agree­ments signed be­tween the two coun­tries by the then prime min­is­ter KP Oli and later sign­ing on the OBOR Ini­tia­tive by the then prime min­is­ter Push­paka­mal Da­hal Prachanda. Af­ter one year of the sign­ing of the ten agree­ments, Nepal signed an agree­ment to join the OBOR club but Nepal has not done fur­ther home­work prop­erly to im­ple­ment the OBOR project and also to im­ple­ment the ten agree­ments signed by the Oli gov­ern­ment. Af­ter sign­ing of the agree­ments, pro­to­cols have to be signed and also other re­lated bi­lat­eral agree­ments have to be en­dorsed for im­ple­men­ta­tion of the agree­ments. Nepal has not com­pleted the re­main­ing works for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the al­ready en­dorsed agree­ments. Nepal could sign the pro­to­col of the OBOR and trade and trans­fer agree­ments dur­ing the visit of Vice Pre­mier Wang, how­ever, Nepal missed this golden op­por­tu­nity. Af­ter a long gap, Wang's visit was the high­est level Chi­nese leader's visit to Nepal af­ter the visit of Chi­nese Pre­mier in 2012, nev­er­the­less, Nepal has failed to cash in the op­por­tu­nity of such a high level visit, writes

Shan­tosh Ghimire in the An­na­purna Post daily. As our gov­ern­ment failed to do its nec­es­sary home­work on our agen­das, im­por­tant agen­das in­clud­ing con­nec­tiv­ity agenda such as cross­bor­der rail­way, ex­pan­sion of roads, the coun­try was un­able to ta­ble a con­crete pro­posal dur­ing Wang's visit, stated the Daily. Nepal also missed the op­por­tu­nity to en­dorse the agenda hav­ing long-term im­pact on Nepal such as Nepal-China eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion, ac­cord­ing to for­mer am­bas­sador to China Ma­hesh Maskey. Nepal also missed the op­por­tu­nity to en­dorse the pro­to­col on tran­sit agree­ment which was signed dur­ing the visit of the then PM KP Sharma Oli, the Daily has re­ported.

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