Ex­perts, in­tel­lec­tu­als laude sig­ni­fi­ca­tions of Nepal-China relations

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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.

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