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President Jiang Zemin Met with Nepalese King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev

2001/03/02
On the afternoon of March 1, President Jiang Zemin met with Nepalese King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev at the Great Hall of the People. President Jiang first extended, on behalf of the Chinese Government and people, a warm welcome to King Birendra. He said that this is the 10th visit by the King, which fully demonstrates the importance the Nepalese side attaches and attention it pays to its relations with China. It also testifies to the friendly relations and cooperation between China and Nepal. The king's current visit will open up a new page of continued friendship in the annals of China-Nepal relations in the new century and become another milestone in the good-neighborly and friendly relations between the two countries.

Jiang recalled the pleasant memory of his 1996 visit to Nepal. He said that China and Nepal are linked by mountains and waters and the friendship between the two people dates back to ancient times. In mid-7th century, Chinese monk of the Tang Dynasty, Xuan Zang, visited Nepal. In his magnum opus, there are precious records of the then Nepal. Residents of Beijing still remember that the White Tower of Miaoying Temple was built under the supervision of a Nepalese master architect more than 700 years ago. The Himalayas, highest in the world, is shared by China and Nepal and has become the symbol of bilateral friendship.

Jiang said that consolidating and developing good-neighborly relations with Nepal continuously is a set policy of China's and also an important part of China's foreign policy of good-neighborliness and friendship. China has always advocated that all countries, big or small, strong or weak are members of the international community, and therefore should be respected and treated equally. During his 1996 visit to Nepal, President Jiang and King Birendra agreed that the basic policy for bilateral relations is to establish a good-neighborly partnership for generations, which serves as a basic guideline for the development of China-Nepal relations. China is willing to work with the Nepalese side for a continuous growth of China-Nepal good-neighborly cooperative relations in the new century.

The king thanked China for its warm and hospitable reception. His Majesty also expressed his thanks, on behalf of the Nepalese Government and people, for the long-term support and assistance the Chinese Government and people have provided. He spoke highly of the traditional friendship and friendly relations of cooperation between Nepal and China. He stressed that Nepal has no disputes with China, and the cooperation and exchanges between the two countries in all areas is going smoothly. King Birendra said Nepal stands ready to strengthen its relations with China in the new century, especially in the economic and trade areas. Among his delegation, there are many Nepalese business leaders. It is hoped that they will have successful cooperation with their Chinese counterparts. King Birendra said that, as China's neighbor, Nepal hopes to see a further developed and stronger China. Nepal is willing to conduct more mutually beneficial economic cooperation with China's Tibet Autonomous Region, which borders Nepal, so as to benefit the local peoples.
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