Has Chi­nese am­bas­sador been re­called?

People's Review - - NEWS - By Our Re­porter

As Chi­nese am­bas­sador Yu Hong, while de­liv­er­ing her speech at a sem­i­nar on Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive or­gan­ised by the Nepal-China Friend­ship So­ci­ety on Sun­day, had in­formed that she is re­turn­ing soon, the Kath­mandu Post re­ported that she has been re­called be­fore com­plet­ing her ten­ure here. Some diplo­matic sources have in­formed to this re­porter that the in­for­ma­tion that she is re­turn­ing soon is cor­rect, but she has not been re­called be­fore com­plet­ing her ten­ure. Ac­cord­ing to sources, nor­mally, a Chi­nese am­bas­sador's ten­ure will be for two years or three years. Many Chi­nese am­bas­sadors in the past have also re­turned just by com­plet­ing less than two years, but they were re­warded with re­spon­si­ble jobs in Bei­jing. In the case of Am­bas­sador Yu, who had as­sumed of­fice on Novem­ber 2016, she is go­ing to com­plete her ten­ure next month and as per the nor­mal prac­tice, she is re­turn­ing to Bei­jing. TKP, quot­ing diplo­matic sources, has stated that Bei­jing has pro­posed Hou Yanqi, cur­rently the deputy di­rec­tor gen­eral at the Chi­nese For­eign Min­istry, as its 21st am­bas­sador to Nepal. The de­ci­sion is said to have been com­mu­ni­cated to the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs. Af­ter Kath­mandu's green sig­nal, Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping will an­nounce her nom­i­na­tion. TKP fur­ther re­ports: Am­bas­sador Yu Hong took up her as­sign­ment in Novem­ber 2016 and served two years in Kath­mandu. Dur­ing her ten­ure, Nepal signed an agree­ment on the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive with China while some high-level vis­its took place from both sides. Ac­cord­ing to sources, the sit­ting am­bas­sador has been pro­moted to joint-sec­re­tary. The pro­posed can­di­date, Hou is well known among Nepali politi­cians and of­fi­cials. Hou is the fo­cal per­son for South Asian af­fairs in the Asia de­part­ment of the Chi­nese for­eign min­istry. She is fa­mil­iar with Nepal's af­fairs and Bei­jing's en­gage­ment in Kath­mandu, said sources. While For­eign Min­istry of­fi­cials re­fused to com­ment, For­eign Min­is­ter Pardeep Gyawali, ahead of his visit to Ja­pan, had a dis­cus­sion with the Chi­nese side on the de­vel­op­ments. Hav­ing joined the Chi­nese for­eign ser­vice in 1996, Hou is in her early 50s and has served in Pak­istan in China's Con­sulate Gen­eral Of­fice and also in Los An­gles in the USA. She is a Pek­ing Univer­sity grad­u­ate with Urdu ma­jor.

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