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China reaffirms support for safeguarding Nepal’s sovereignty

Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe (C) reviews the Nepali military's guard of honor in Kathmandu, Nepal, November 29, 2020. /China's Ministry of National Defense

Kathmandu, 2020 November 30, Monday

(CGTN)

Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe on Sunday voiced the country’s firm support for Nepal in safeguarding national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity when meeting with Nepali leaders in Kathmandu.

Wei also praised Nepal’s upholding of the one-China policy.

Nepali President Bidya Devi Bhandari appreciated China’s firm support for Nepal’s economic development and social stability, saying Nepal is willing to work with China to strengthen bilateral cooperation in all fields, including defense, while actively participating in infrastructure development projects under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

The friendly cooperation between Nepal and China has been both comprehensive and deep-rooted since the establishment of bilateral diplomatic ties 65 years ago, said Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli, who is also the defense minister, during his meeting with Wei.

China will maintain close communication and deepen pragmatic cooperation with Nepal while providing continuous assistance and support for the construction of the Nepali military to make greater contribution to the regional peace and stability and the benefit of the two peoples, said the Chinese defense minister.

During his visit on Sunday, Wei also met with Nepalese Chief of Army Staff Purna Chandra Thapa.

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