Beijing for stability in NepalTwo days after KP Sharma Oli resigned as prime minister, China on Tuesday said that Beijing hoped that all political parties in Nepal would work for stability.
Two days after KP Sharma Oli resigned as prime minister, China on Tuesday said that Beijing hoped that all political parties in Nepal would work for stability.
Oli resigned on Sunday evening, moments before the scheduled voting on a no-confidence motion brought by the CPN (Maoist Centre), his key ally since October when he was elected the prime minister. “As a neighbour and friend, China genuinely hopes that all parties and sides in Nepal put the national and people’s interests first, and dedicate themselves to effecting Nepal’s stability and development,” Reuters quoted China’s foreign ministry as saying.
“The friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation between China and Nepal will not change due to the fall of Oli government.”
In the wake of months-long border blockade amid protests by the Madhes-based parties, PM Oli, during his visit to Beijing in March, had signed a deal to import fuel from the northern neighbour, in a move aimed at lessening Nepal’s dependency on India. Similarly, he had also signed an agreement with China allowing Nepal to Chinese ports for trading goods with third countries.
“China and Nepal have been through thick and thin together, and no matter the changes in the international or domestic situation, the direction of China and Nepal’s friendship and mutually beneficially cooperation will not change,” added the Chinese foreign ministry statement.