No anti-China activities from Nepalese soil: Khanal
SHIRISH B PRADHAN/PTI
Kathmandu, Aug 17: Nepal today vowed not to allow its soil for any anti-China activities, as a high-level visiting Chinese delegation announced a USD 50 million aid for security cooperation and development projects in the country.
The high-level delegation led by China's top security czar Zhou Yongkang, a member of Standing Committee of Political Bureau of Chinese Communist Party, met Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal at his office in Singha Durbar.
During the meeting, Khanal, who is currently a caretaker prime minister after his resignation, said the relations between Nepal and China are based on 'Panchsheel'.
Reiterating that Nepal has embraced the One China policy, he assured the Chinese delegation that the government would not allow to use the Nepali soil for anti-China activities, amid Beijing's concerns over growing influence of the Dalai Lama among Tibetan exiles in the country.
Zhou, who is in charge of China's security apparatus, pressed for boosting security cooperation along the Nepal-Tibet border and ensuring that Kathmandu continues to clamp down on anti-China activities of Tibetan exiles and growing influence of the Dalai Lama on them.
Prime minister thanked Zhou for bringing the goodwill of Chinese people and also for the aid package under various agreements, which were signed this afternoon.
Prime Minister Khanal also extended an invitation to Premier Wen Jiabao to visit Nepal at his earliest convenience.
Zhou, arrived yesterday along with a 25-member delegation, sincerely hoped for the successful conclusion of present transition period so that peace and constitution are completed and stability is established in the country, according to statement issued by the PM's office here.
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