“President Xi’s Visit Should Be Utilised For Economic Development”

  • October 12, 2019

Chinese President Xi Jinping (Reuters)

Politicians and experts have suggested to utilise Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Nepal for the national interest and bolster the partnership for economic advancement of the country.
Chinese President Xi is arriving here on October 12 for a two-day state visit at the invitation of President Bidya Devi Bhandari.
At an interaction programme organized by Nepal-China Himalaya Friendship Society on Friday, the participants univocally pressed for inking agreements and MoUs for the economic development of the country while taking into account the sovereignty of the country.
Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Standing Committee member Subas Chandra Nembang said that the visit of Chinese President Xi was a matter of pride for the Nepal and Nepalis and said that it should be leveraged for the greater good of the country.
Stating that the development of Kathmandu-Keyrung Railway would not only interconnect Nepal with China but also link India with Nepal and China, Nembang said, “We want to a bridge between India and China.”
Nembang informed that during the visit of the Chinese President, some important agreements would be inked keeping the sovereignty on account.
Similarly, NCP Chief Whip Dev Prasad Gurung opined that the diplomatic ties between Nepal and China would scale a new height with the visit of the Chinese President. He was confident that the imminent visit would help expand the periphery of partnership for economic prosperity.
He underlined the need to review the past agreements signed between Nepal and China during Xi’s visit and sign new agreements accordingly highest priority to the national sovereignty.
Gurung said, “Nepal needs a strategy for for economic prosperity of the country and safeguarding sovereignty. The visit of Xi is highly important in the international arena. It would help in implementation of the past agreements and projects of strategic importance. Expansion of railway projects with China should be forwarded in the positive direction.”
Likewise, former Minister for Tourism Ananda Pokharel said that the Chinese President’s visit should be utilized for augmenting mutual cooperation and goodwill and enhancing partnership for economic prosperity.
He viewed that Nepal should strongly broach the matter that China could consider opening bordering points in mountainous areas with Nepal since Nepal is committed towards One-China policy.
NCP Publicity Department Deputy Chief Surya Thapa said that the Chinese President’s visit should be made fruitful, keeping in mind the nation’s economic advancement.
He argued that the visit of the Head of the State of the second biggest economy in the world to the country with a two-thirds majority should be leveraged for the greater economic benefits of Nepal.
China expert Dr Rupak Sapkota said that the visit should be leveraged for the diversification of national economy of Nepal. Furthermore, the visit should be centered on the national interest of Nepal.
Political Economist Kalyan Roka argued that expansion of railway network was enviable to establish Nepal as self-reliant and economically independent country. He pressed for new agreements to be signed with China during the Xi’s visit.
Society’s President and parliamentarian Basanta Kumar Nembang echoed with the earlier speakers and said that Xi Jinping’s visit should be centered in the elevating Sino-Nepal ties to a new height.    (RSS)