China is playing the chief official’s visit to Nepal amid a political crisis

Chinese delegation returns home on Wednesday after ending visit to Nepal (representative)

Beijing:

China on Thursday downplayed the visit of a senior Chinese Communist Party official in Nepal to unite the warring factions of the Nepal Communist Party, saying the Chinese delegation’s talks focused on improving inter-party interactions.

The high-level Chinese delegation led by Deputy Minister of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CCP) Guo Yezhou visited Nepal this week and held separate talks with leading leaders of the ruling factions of the ruling party to resolve their differences.

The Chinese delegation returned home on Wednesday after its four-day visit to Kathmandu, as the political crisis continues in Nepal.

Asked to reveal the outcome of Guo’s visit to a media briefing in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin revealed any reference to the current political crisis in Nepal and China’s efforts to bring feudal leaders closer. of Nepal.

Wang said the Chinese delegation met with both ruling party and opposition leaders in Nepal and exchanged views on inter-party interactions and mutual learning, promoting practical cooperation of the Center and Road Initiative (BIS). ) and other issues of mutual interest.

“The Nepalese side congratulated the CPC for the next 100 years since its founding and expressed its readiness to deepen traditional friendship,” Wang said.

Nepal plunged into a political crisis after KP Prime Minister Sharma Oli, known for his pro-Beijing tendencies, in a surprising move, recommended the dissolution of the 275-member House on December 20 in a power struggle with former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”.

Following Oli’s recommendation, President Bidya Devi Bhandari dissolved the House on the same day and announced new elections on April 30 and May 10, sparking protests from a large section of the Communist Party of Nepal (PCN) led by Prachanda, also co -president of the ruling party.

The Chinese delegation held talks with President Bhandari, Prime Minister Oli, PCN President “Prachanda” and Madhav Nepal, former Prime Minister Jhana Nath Khanal and party leader Janata Samajbadi Baburam Bhattarai.

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During his meetings with Oli and Prachanda, the Chinese leader is taught that he told them to work for reunification, as the separation from Nepal’s largest communist party will weaken the communist movement in South Asia, according to a senior leader of the ruling faction. of Prachanda. to the PCN.

The Chinese delegation suggested two possible solutions to resolve the current political crisis in Nepal, a senior PCN said in Kathmandu on Tuesday.

According to “Plan A”, the dissolved House could be reinstated by the Supreme Court’s verdict, followed by the reunification of the two factions, he said on condition of anonymity.

The Chinese leader advised top PCN leaders to offer an alternative to Prime Minister Oli if Parliament is reinstated.

If the first option is not feasible, then “Plan B” would be to contest the mid-term elections through an electoral alliance between all communist forces in Nepal, the PCN leader added.

The Chinese team also met with the main opposition of Nepali Congress leader Sher Bahadur Deuba and discussed the latest political developments in the country.

China’s political profile in Nepal has grown in recent years, with billions of dollars invested in its multibillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative, including the Trans-Himalayan Multidimensional Connectivity Network.

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