China on Thursday downplayed the importance of a top official from the ruling Chinese Communist Party visiting Nepal to unite the warring factions of the Communist Party of Nepal. The discussions by the Chinese delegation focused on improving the interactions between the parties.
A senior Chinese delegation, led by Vice Minister of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Guo Yezhou, visited Nepal this week and held separate discussions with leaders of the warring factions of the ruling party to try to resolve differences between them.
The Chinese delegation returned home on Wednesday after completing their four-day visit to Kathmandu amid the ongoing political crisis in Nepal.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin was asked to announce the outcome of Guo’s visit at a press conference in Beijing. He avoided any evidence of the current political crisis in Nepal and China’s efforts to bring Nepal’s feud leaders closer together.
Wang said the Chinese delegation had met the ruling party and opposition leaders in Nepal and discussed conducting party interactions and mutual learning, practical cooperation with the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and other issues of mutual concern to advance.
“The Nepalese side congratulated the CPC on the upcoming 100th anniversary of its establishment and expressed readiness to deepen traditional friendship,” said Wang.
Nepal got into a political crisis after Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, known for his pro-Beijing stance, surprisingly recommended the dissolution of the 275-strong house on December 20 amid a power dispute with former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” would have “.
On Oli’s recommendation, President Bidya Devi Bhandari dissolved the house on the same day and announced new elections on April 30 and May 10, protests by a large section of the Communist Party of Nepal (NCP) led by Prachanda, also co-chair of, triggered the ruling party.
The Chinese delegation held talks with President Bhandari, Prime Minister Oli, the NCP Chair “Prachanda” and Madhav Nepal, the former Prime Minister Jhana Nath Khanal and the chairman of the Janata Samajbadi party Baburam Bhattarai.
During his meetings with Oli and Prachanda, the Chinese leader reportedly told them to seek reunification as the split in the largest communist party in Nepal will weaken the communist movement in South Asia, according to a senior leader of the Prachanda-led faction NCP.
The Chinese delegation has proposed two possible solutions to resolve the current political crisis in Nepal, a high-level NCP said in Kathmandu on Tuesday.
As part of “Plan A”, the dissolved house could be reinstated by the ruling of the Supreme Court, followed by a reunification of the two factions, he said on condition of anonymity.
The Chinese leader has advised senior NCP leaders to give Prime Minister Oli an alternative if parliament is reinstated.
If the first option is impractical, “Plan B” is to have the mid-term elections through an electoral alliance of all communist forces in Nepal, added the NCP leader.
The Chinese team also met the head of the Nepalese Congress, Sher Bahadur Deuba, and discussed the latest political developments in the country.
China’s political profile in Nepal has grown in recent years with billions in investments under its multi-billion dollar Belt and Road initiative, including the Trans-Himalayan Multi-Dimensional Connectivity Network.