BEIJING, China stands ready to strengthen cooperation with Nepal, in infrastructure connectivity, post-disaster reconstruction, trade and investment, under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, President Xi Jinping said, Wednesday.
Xi made the remarks while meeting with Nepal's Prime Minister, K.P. Sharma Oli.
"China and Nepal are friendly neighbours sharing weal and woe," Xi said. "Since the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Nepal, the two countries have always carried out mutually beneficial cooperation, on the basis of the 'Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence.'"
Xi said, China appreciates Nepal's firm adherence to the one-China policy and will, as always, support Nepal's efforts, to safeguard national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and support Nepal's independent choice of social system and development path suited to its national conditions.
China-Nepal relations are facing new opportunities for development, said the president, noting that the two sides should maintain close high-level exchanges, strengthen strategic communications, continue to adhere to the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, respect and accommodate each other's core interests and concerns, and consolidate the political foundation of their relations.
Xi also called for strengthened cooperation on law enforcement capacity-building, so that the two countries could jointly fight against transnational crimes and safeguard their common security. "China and Nepal should strengthen communication and coordination on major international issues," Xi said.
Oli said, Nepal and China enjoyed a time-honoured friendship and their relationship served as a model for relations between countries with different systems and sizes.
He thanked China for its support to Nepal's national transformation and development, saying that, Nepal firmly adheres to the one-China policy and will never allow any forces to engage in any anti-China activities.
Nepal is willing to expand cooperation with China, under the new situation, Oli said, adding, the Nepalese side highly values President Xi's proposition on building a community of shared future for mankind, and is willing to actively participate in the Belt and Road construction
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK