Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wen Jiabao Holds Talks with Nepali Prime Minister Nepal

On December 29, 2009, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao held talks with Nepali Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal at the Great Hall of the People. Both sides agreed to establish a comprehensive and cooperative partnership of friendship for generations.

Premier Wen said since China and Nepal forged diplomatic ties 54 years ago, both sides have maintained a high level of political trust, supported each other on issues concerning the other side's core interests and continuously advanced friendly exchanges and cooperation in all areas by following the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence. The two countries have become good neighbors, friends and partners. Under the new circumstances, it is in the fundamental interests of both countries and peoples to consolidate traditional friendship and deepen comprehensive cooperation, said Wen. Wen urged the two countries to further enhance cooperation at various levels and promote people-to-people exchanges, youth exchanges in particular, in a bid to make the lasting friendship deeply rooted among the two peoples.

Wen said that the two countries should keep closer economic and trade cooperative relations through the joint committee on economic and trade cooperation and other mechanisms. China will take measures to promote export of the Nepali products to China and encourage Chinese firms to participate in Nepal's infrastructure construction, said Wen, highlighting potential cooperation fields in such areas as mountain agriculture and animal husbandry, animal and plant quarantine and personnel training.

Wen said China respects the social system and development path chosen by the Nepali people, firmly supports the efforts Nepal has made for safeguarding sovereignty and territorial integrity, and will continue to provide assistance for Nepal's social and economic development.

The Nepali prime minister said the Nepal-China relations are based on the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence. The relationship, with its outstanding features of friendship, sincerity and mutual understanding and support of each other's aspirations, is a role model for state-to-state relations. To establish a comprehensive and cooperative partnership of friendship for generations will lift bilateral ties to a new level. The Nepali side appreciated China's long-term disinterested assistance for Nepal's economic and social development. Nepal also spoke highly of China's understanding and support to his country during its peace process and economic and social transition and praised China's development achievements and its constructive role in coping with the global financial crisis and pushing forward the world economic recovery. Nepal said his country would advance cooperation with China in a comprehensive manner and boost bilateral ties. Nepal reiterated that his country adheres to the one-China policy and believes Taiwan and Tibet are inalienable parts of the Chinese territory, adding Nepal would never allow any force to use Nepal's territory to conduct anti-China activities.

Following the talks, Wen and Nepal attended a signing ceremony of bilateral cooperation documents concerning economy, trade and youth exchange.

Prior to the talks, Wen Jiabao held a welcome ceremony for Nepal's visit at the North Hall of the Great Hall of the People. Vice-Chairman of the Central Committee of the China Zhi Gong Party Li Zhuobin, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Chairman of China's National Development and Reform Commission Zhang Ping, Minister of Commerce Chen Deming and Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Qiu Guohong attended the welcome ceremony.


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