Experts, intellectuals laude significations of Nepal-China relations
Intellectuals, experts gathered to observed 63rd anniversary of establishment of the diplomatic relations between Nepal and China have urged the government to strengthen relations multi-sector relations with China. Presenting a paper on significance of bilateral cooperation between Nepal and China, former ambassador Hiranyalal Shrestha said that China is now a global power and thus partnership with China in economic sector would bring economic prosperity in Nepal. Shrestha urged to take BRI as an opportunity for economic prosperity in Neal.
Signing on trade and transit protocol and construction of railway line are strategically significant for Nepal like landlocked country, Shrestha said and added that Nepal should not make any delay on endorsing transit and trade agreement with China and also Nepal should not hesitate in construction of railway line. So far, we should have good homework from now on what we are going to send China upon return the train from Kathmandu. Shrestha saw the possibility of exporting the Himalayan mineral water to the Gulf countries by using Chinese and Pakistani route. Water resources export Ratna Sansar Shrestha said that Nepal should bring foreign investment but there should be no compromise on foreign intervention and safeguarding national sovereignty. He disclosed that when the Indians proposed to deploy Indian security force along with construction of the Karnali-Chisapani hydropower project, King Birendra had bluntly rejected the Indian proposal. Today, Indians are constructing Arun 3 and Upper Karnali projects. Nepal has remained silent on the presence of the Indian security force in these projects. If there will be presence of Indian security force in these projects, tomorrow, China or Pakistan may demand deployment of their own security forces to guard the projects they are going to construct. Therefore, the Nepal government should be alert on such serious issue. Shrestha also disclosed that India needs water rather than electricity. The Indian plan is to channelize water from Pancheshwor to Delhi to meet the scarcity of drinking water there. If India uses Nepal's water, she should pay duty to Nepal, Shrestha said. From Koshi and Gandaki rivers, India is irrigating 1.3 million hectors of land. As per the international practice, India should pay 66 billion rupees per year to Nepal at the cost of using Nepal's water, he said. Gen. Dr Prem Singh Bannyet explained on security aspects of NepalChina relations. He cited the Betrawati Treaty in which China has ensured safeguarding Nepal's sovereignty. Survey expert Buddhinarayan Shrestha urged to treat China in a responsible manner. China has asked Nepal to renew the existing peace and friendship treaty for decades but Nepal has remained silent, he said. Dev Gurung, CPN leader said that the Westerners want to disturb Tibet via Nepal. Therefore, they want to create political instability in Nepal to make their stronghold in Nepali soil. Gen Tika Dhamala, King Birendra's ADC, who has closely observed King Birendra, shedding light on King Birendra's contribution in strengthening NepalChina relations, said that the King was a patriotic personality who never compromised on national sovereignty. King Birendra had developed the plan of mid-hill highway, Dhamala said. Kamal Chamlagain, former minister, said that construction of trans-border railway line between Nepal and China should not be looked on the basis of cost benefit analysis but it should be taken as a security strategy of the landlocked country. Similarly, to end Indian hegemony in all sector, Nepal should sign transit protocol as soon as possible, he said. The seminar was jointly organised by Nepal-China Mutual Cooperation, Nepal Tianly Publication and Cultural Co and Danfe TV.