Guo Yezhou, a deputy minister of the Communist Party of China, met with the head of the Nepalese opposition, Sher Bahadur Deuba, on Tuesday and discussed the latest political developments in the country following the dissolution of parliament by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.
The meeting between the four-person delegation, led by Vice Minister of the CPC’s International Department, Mr. Guo, and former Prime Minister Deuba also focused on Nepal-China relations, the Kathmandu Post quoted Shadow Foreign Minister Narayan Khadka as saying.
They discussed the latest political developments in Kathmandu.
Mr. Guo sent Mr. Deuba an invitation from Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit China on the 100th anniversary of the CPC next year, said Dinesh Bhattarai, former foreign relations adviser to Mr. Deuba when he was prime minister.
For his part, Mr. Deuba congratulated President Xi, the CPC and the Chinese people on this opportunity, Mr. Bhattarai said. The CPC will organize a major event in Beijing next year to mark the occasion.
They discussed matters of bilateral interest and concern, Bhattarai said. Both Mr. Khadka and Mr. Bhattarai were present during the meeting between the Chinese delegation and Deuba.
Mr. Guo also praised the contribution of the founding president of the Nepali Congress and the first elected Prime Minister BP Koirala to improving relations between the two countries.
Mr. Deuba said the friendship between the NC and the CPC dates back decades and has been cultivated since Mr. Koirala’s tenure.
In 1960, when Mr Koirala was prime minister, Nepal and China signed a peace and friendship treaty, the first border protocol, resolved the Mount Everest dispute and re-direction the relationship between Nepal and China, said Mr Bhattarai.
Mr. Guo, who knows many Nepalese leaders personally, met Mr. Deuba after speaking with President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (NCP), Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”, and Madhav Nepal, former Prime Minister Jhananath Khanal and Chairman of the Janata Samajbadi Party Baburam Bhattarai.
In addition to assessing the soil situation, the Chinese side also discussed possible political implications of the dissolution of the House, whether this will affect the stability and development of Nepal, the status of relations between Nepal and China, the progress of China-funded projects and the implementation of previous agreements and agreements, among other things, according to statements from executives who made the CPC delegation.
Nepal got into a political crisis on December 20 after Prime Minister Oli, known for his pro-Beijing tendencies, surprisingly recommended the dissolution of the 275-strong house amid a power dispute with Prachanda.
On the recommendation of the Prime Minister, President Bhandari dissolved the house on the same day and announced new elections on April 30 and May 10, sparking protests by a large part of the NCP led by Prachanda, also co-chair of the ruling party.
A cautious China brought Vice Minister Guo to Kathmandu after his high-profile ambassador to Nepal, Hou Yanqi, failed to clarify the differences between Mr. Oli and Mr. Prachanda.
According to sources, China is not happy with the split in Nepal’s largest communist party.
Mr. Guo is trying to redress the differences between the ruling party’s two warring factions – one of Mr. Oli and the other of Mr. Prachanda – during his four-day stay in Nepal, media reports said.
Previously, Mr Gou had traveled to Kathmandu in February 2018 when the CPN-UML led by Mr Oli and the NCP (Maoist Center) led by Mr Prachanda had all come together to form a unified communist party after their alliance’s victory in the 2017 general election form . Later in May 2018, the two communist parties merged and formed a new party called the NCP.
Mr. Guo assesses the situation of the ruling party and encourages both factions of the NCP to look for a common basis for the unity of the parties.
This is not the first time China has intervened in Nepal’s internal affairs.
In May and July, Mr Hou held separate meetings with the President, Prime Minister and other high-level NCP leaders, including Mr Prachanda, when Mr Oli was under increasing pressure to resign.
A number of party leaders had described the series of meetings of the Chinese envoy with the leaders of the ruling party as interference in the internal political affairs of Nepal.
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.
In addition to the investments, China’s ambassador to Nepal Hou has made an open effort to get support for Mr. Oli.
CPC and NCP regularly participated in training programs. In September last year, the NCP even organized a symposium where some CPC leaders were invited to Kathmandu to provide training on Xi Jinping to the Nepalese leaders before the Chinese President’s visit, his first in Nepal. This comes from a report by the Kathmandu Post.