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Nepal is key partner for China to jointly build BRI: Chinese Ambassador

2021 Jul 12, 18:28, Kathmandu
Chinese Ambassador to Nepal, Hou Yanqi, hands over the COVID vaccines to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli at a programme organised at the latter's official residence in Baluwatar, Kathmandu, on Monday, March 29, 2021. Photo: RSS

Ambassador of China to Nepal, Hou Yanqi has said Nepal is an important partner for China to jointly build the BRI, and China-Nepal bilateral cooperation in various fields have made positive progress.

She said this in a speech she gave at the Online Press Conference of Chinese Embassy in Nepal here today.

The Chinese ambassador said, "China Aid Kathmandu Durbar High School Reconstruction Project has been completed and handed over to the Nepali side. The pre-feasibility study of the Tokha-Chhahare Tunnel Project has been finished. The construction of Pokhara International Airport and Gautam Buddha International Airport is progressing well. The construction of the third phase of China Aid Araniko Highway Long-term Opening Maintenance Project has been started. Trans-Himalayan multi-dimensional connectivity network is gradually taking shape."

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ambassador Hou said, China has actively carried out international cooperation in the fight against the pandemic, and is committed to ensuring accessibility and affordability of vaccines in developing countries.

"To date, China has provided over 450 million doses of vaccines to nearly 100 countries including Nepal. The first batch of the vaccines procured by Nepal from China has arrived. I wish those vaccines will play an important role in building an immune firewall for the Nepali people," she shared.

As she said, when China encounters difficulties, developing countries including Nepal also provide support to China within their capabilities, actively speak for China on international and multilateral occasions, resolutely oppose some countries’ smear against China on issues such as human rights and origin-tracing of COVID-19 virus.

"Just as President Xi Jinping reiterated, China will always be a member of the developing world. No matter how the international situation changes, we will always be a reliable friend and sincere partner of developing countries."

She reiterated that China will remain committed to promoting peace, development, cooperation, and mutual benefit, to an independent foreign policy of peace, and to the path of peaceful development.

According to the Chinese Ambassador, the Communist Party of China stands ready to continue to work with political parties and political organizations of all countries including Nepal, to make even greater contributions to the building of a community with a shared future for mankind, high-quality development of BRI and a better world.


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