Peaceful Nepal in line with interests of China: P.K. Pant.  by Binju Sitaula
    KATHMANDU, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- Peaceful and stable Nepal is inline with the interests of northern neighbor China, said Nepali journalist, Prem Kumari Pant in an interview with Xinhua here on Tuesday.
    Pant who is an editor of The Weekly Mirror, made this remark at the time when the northern neighbor is celebrating 60th anniversary of founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC) on Oct. 1.
    "Nepal and China share 1400 km close border, if any unrest situation occurs here, it directly raises the question of security," Pant added.
    Pant said China is closely watching the recent political development in Nepal and wants the country to be politically stable.
    China has achieved charismatic progress within 60 years of time after founding PRC in 1949, said Pant, who is also the president of Nepal China Society. She had been to China several times.
    She went to China in 1978 for the first time to visit Shenzhen, Guangdong Province where she saw so many hovels of fishermen. "But those small huts were changed to better huge buildings amid development, the speed of their development is unimaginable," she said.
    Pant said the secret of charismatic development in China is unselfish visionary leadership. Leaders are committed to national benefit. "Chinese have strong feelings that China is one. They unite and dedicate their interests toward national interests," said Pant.
    "When they adopted an open-policy some 30 years ago, China's economy is booming that western society is envious," said Pant, adding that western powers are compelled to accept this reality. They are also dependent on China for their economies. However, she said that Nepal as a close neighbor is proud of China's success.
    Regarding the relations between the two countries, she said, "Nepal and China have got to be developed, maintained and promoted on a still more realistic footing."
    "It has become essential that these traditionally most happy and unconditional bonds of mutual trust and cooperation should be developed on new plains," she added.
    She said that there is a need to introduce a free trade system between Nepal and China.
    She said there is a real need for the two countries to open up a new vista of implementing development projects on the basis of equal benefits and obligations which will cement Nepal-China cooperation in the overall socio-economic development, Pant told Xinhua.
    "The first is trust. The two countries never threat each other, harm each other or doubt each other, but always respect each other, believe each other and help each other. The Chinese government and people, firmly pursue the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries, have never interfered with the internal affairs of Nepal and highly respect the road of development chosen by the Nepalese people."
    She said China has consistently supported Nepal in its effort to safeguard sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. In the past 54 years after establishing diplomatic relation between two countries in 1955, the two countries, abiding by the five principles of peaceful coexistence, have made excellent cooperation and achieved greater accomplishments in bilateral political relations, regional affairs and international forums.
    "If one is to look across the globe, it is easy to come to the conclusion that peace, stability, cooperation and development are the prime calling of the times and the common aspiration of the mankind. Both Nepal and China should build on past achievements and push ahead to take Nepal-China good neighborliness, friendship and cooperation to newer and greater heights ... " Pant said.
    As China is ready to further increase friendly exchanges with the Nepali government, Nepali political parties and people of all walks of life are willing to expand bilateral exchanges and cooperation with China in the areas of politics, economy, trade, culture and tourism, said Pant.


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