“We have been in communication with the Nepali side” – China Spokesperson

Hua Chunying, the spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry Picture: MoFAPRC
Spokesperson Hua Chunying | Picture: Ministry of Foreign Affairs PRC

13 Sep 2016: China has rubbished speculations that relationship between the communist superpower and Nepal soured following the re-emergence of Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal as the prime minister.

Days earlier, Nepalese foreign minister Prakash Sharan Mahat refuted media reports suggesting Chinese president Xi Jinping cancelled his planned Nepal trip because the country was not well-prepared.

“We have been in communication with the Nepali side through the diplomatic channel about high-level exchanges between the two countries. The Chinese side commends the new Nepali government for their continuous emphasis on relations with China,” the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said yesterday.

According to a statement released by the Chinese foreign ministry, Ms Chunying also said that China would continue to strive for “new progress” in the bilateral relationship between the two nations.

A number of media outlets have also run reports in which the spokesperson appears to softly chide a journalist during yesterday’s press conference in Beijing saying it was “improper” of the media to presume that Nepal cancelled the visit.

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