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Nepal to Curtail Anti China Activity: Home Minister Thapa Confirms

Published Jan 08, 2020
Updated Mar 02, 2020

Minister for Home Affairs Ram Bahadur Thapa, held delegation-level talks with the State Councilor and Minister of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China, Zhao Kezhi in Beijing on 06 January.

“Both the leaders agreed to enhance cooperation and communication between law enforcement agencies of the two countries for maintaining peace and security across the border. They reaffirmed their commitment to enhancing mutually beneficial cooperation as agreed by the leaders of the two countries during the exchange of presidential visits in 2019,” Nepal Embassy in Beijing stated.

Minister Thapa assured the Chinese side that Nepal was steadfast in its one-China policy and would not allow any anti- China activities in Nepal’s territory.

He thanked the Chinese side for its continued support towards Nepal’s socio-economic development, including in the areas of security co-operation, human resource development and disaster relief and management.

Recalling the State Visit of President Bidya Devi Bhandari to China in April 2019 and the State Visit of President Xi Jinping to Nepal in October 2019, Minister Thapa said that these visits had elevated Nepal-China relations to new heights and opened new vistas of opportunities for expanding and deepening bilateral cooperation.

Welcoming Thapa to China, State Councilor and Minister for Public Security Zhao expressed the confidence that Nepal and China would continue to work together for promoting peace, security and development.

Zhao appreciated Nepal’s commitment to one-China policy and expressed the belief that Nepal-China relations would continue to grow from strength to strength in the days to come, the embassy stated.

Minister for Home Affairs Ram Bahadur Thapa visit to China possibly focused on anti China activities or the space for Tibetan dissidents in the country.
This aspect would be the key agenda for State Councilor and Minister of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China, Zhao Kezhi.

China has been concerned over Tibetan activists using Nepal as a political ground for lodging their demands for independence but Nepal has been actively ensuring that curbs have been placed and has in recent years effectively cracked down on any known Tibetan activism in the country.

On the other hand the upheaval expected in Tibet with the possibility of anointment of a new Dalai Lama in the country denotes that there could be concerns in China of migration to Nepal for activism which would have been flagged at the meeting between the two Home Ministers. China is also supporting capacity building for police in Nepal.