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H.E. Ambassador Yang Houlan Holds a Press Meeting

On 22 March, 2012, H.E. Ambassador Yang Houlan held an interaction program with the main stream of Nepali editors and journalists. Yang briefed about the recent sessions of Chinese National People's Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. Yang also highlighted China's Foreign Policy and External Relations according to Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi's answering questions from press on the 5th Session of the 11th National People's Congress, and interacted on China-Nepal relations. The Chief Editors or leaders of press department from Gorkhapata, Rising Nepal, Repulica, Nagaric, Kathmandu Post, Kantipur Post and Kantipur TV attended the program.

Yang said that facing the complicated and changing international situations, China will continue to advance our all-dimensional diplomacy at multiple tiers and in a wide range of fields. We will continue to take into account both the domestic and international situations, make continuous innovation in our diplomatic practices and theories, and make active contribution to the successful opening of the 18th National Congress of the CPC and full implementation of the 12th Five-Year Plan. First, serve China's domestic development. We will properly handle the external risks and challenges, and create more favorable conditions for China's economic and social development to serve the primary goal of shifting China's growth model at a faster pace. Second, uphold peace. We will continue to firmly defend China's sovereignty and security, stand for handling and resolving regional and international issues, in particular, those hotspot ones through dialogue, consultation and negotiation, and play a responsible role as a big country. Third, promote cooperation. We will enhance our friendly relations and cooperation with other countries and regional and international organizations. We will work with them to deepen common interests, meet global challenges and safeguard world peace and promote common development.

Talking about China-Nepal relations, Yang said that China pursues a policy of building good relationships and partnerships with countries in its neighborhood. We are committed to deepening the mutually beneficial cooperation with other Asian countries. Nepal is China's important and friendly neighbor, and relations between China and Nepal are in positive trend. First, there have been close high-level exchanges. Last year, there were high level mutual visits between China and the majority of other Asian countries. Last year, China's senior state leaders like Mr. Zhou Yongkang, the member of Politburo Standing Committee of CPC, and the head of the Central Political and Legislative Committee visited Nepal. Mr. Narayan Kaji Shrestha, Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Bijay Kumar Gacchedar, Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs visited China in succession. At the beginning of this year, Chinese Premier Wen conducted a milestone-visit to Nepal, which brings our bilateral relations to a new height.

Second, the interests of China and Nepal have become more closely entwined. As Nepal's main trade partner and donor, China is committed to promote the economic and trade relations with Nepal and achieve win-win cooperation. When Chinese Premier Wen was visiting Nepal, he also encouraged more qualified Chinese Companies to invest and develop business in Nepal. Nowadays more and more Chinese businessmen are interested in investing in Nepal's infrastructure, hydropower and tourism sectors. Yang also believed that the Government of Nepal will create a friendly environment for foreign investors.

Third, there have been dynamic cultural and people-to-people exchanges. Last year, we successfully held the Chinese Festival, Chinese Language Competition, Happy Spring Festival and so on. These activities have witnessed the deep friendship between the Chinese people and Nepali people. When Chinese Premier Wen was visiting Nepal, the two countries announced 2012 as Nepal- China Friendly Exchange Year. The related programs are being implemented.

Yang also introduced about some cooperative projects between China and Nepal, and answered questions from the press.

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