(TibetanReview.net, Mar30, 2015) – Chinese President Xi Jinping on Mar 28 expressed appreciation for Nepal’s firm support on issues concerning China’s core interests, including issues related to Tibet and Taiwan while meeting with the latter’s President Ram Baran Yadav, reported China’s official Xinhua news agency Mar 28. The two met during the 2015 Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) being held in South China’s Hainan Province.
The report said Mr Yadav, on his part, said Nepal would never allow its territory to be used for any anti-China activities. This was in response to Mr Xi’s voicing of hope that Nepal would not allow any forces to use Nepal’s territory to engage in anti-China separatist activities.
Xi has also said China will continue to support Nepal’s effort in safeguarding independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, although it was not clear against whom. Nepal’s only territorial dispute, a minor one, is only with India.
Xi was also reported to have called on the two sides to beef up cooperation in the areas of youth exchanges and tourism and enhance coordination on multilateral occasions to safeguard their common interests.
Yadav has also spoken of his country’s support for China’s initiatives of jointly building the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road as well as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), China’ ambitious international trade, transport and economic projects in cooperation with other countries.
A non-governmental and non-profit international organization Founded in 2001, the BFA is committed to promoting regional economic integration and bringing Asian countries closer to their development goals, said a Xinhua report Mar29. The Belt and Road initiatives, the AIIB, and ASEAN Economic Community were some of the key areas of focus during the four-day conference this year. The report added that a total of 2,786 political, business and academic leaders as well as journalists from 49 countries and regions attended the conference.