Xi Jinping Speaks with Nepali President Bidya Devi Bhandari on the Phone

On May 26, 2021, President Xi Jinping had a phone conversation with Nepali President Bidya Devi Bhandari.

Xi Jinping pointed out that since the onset of the pandemic, China and Nepal have firmly supported each other in fighting against the coronavirus disease, and carried out in-depth anti-pandemic cooperation, which has highlighted the spirit of sticking together through thick and thin. Recently, the South Asia is undergoing a new wave of infections and Nepal is facing severe challenges. The Chinese central and local governments as well as non-governmental organizations were among the first to take actions, offering much-needed medical supplies and equipment as well as vaccines to Nepal, and sharing with the Nepali side experience in pandemic prevention, control, diagnosis and treatment. China will continue providing as much support as possible for Nepal's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and believes the Nepali people will surely win the final victory over the virus.

Xi Jinping stressed that President Bidya Devi Bhandari and I jointly announced the new height of Mount Qomolangma in December last year. China attaches great importance to the development of China-Nepal relations, and is willing to share China's development opportunities with Nepal to accelerate Belt and Road cooperation, steadily advance the building of the trans-Himalayan Multi-Dimensional Connectivity Network, and continuously lift the two countries' strategic partnership of cooperation featuring ever-lasting friendship for development and prosperity to higher levels.

Xi Jinping stressed that this year marks the 50th anniversary of the restoration of the lawful seat of the People's Republic of China in the United Nations. China will not forget Nepal's valuable support, and will, as always, support Nepal in safeguarding national sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, respect the Nepali people's independent choice of development path, and support Nepal's economic and social development. China is willing to work with Nepal to intensify coordination and cooperation within multilateral frameworks, firmly uphold multilateralism, and safeguard the common interests of developing countries.

Bhandari, on behalf of the Nepali government and people, warmly congratulated the Communist Party of China (CPC) on its 100th anniversary of founding, saying that under the strong leadership of the CPC, China has made remarkable achievements in economic and social development, especially in poverty alleviation and outer space exploration. She expressed her belief that under the leadership of the CPC, China will continue to achieve greater success on the road of peaceful development. Nepal and China are strategic partners who have been friendly for generations. Nepal attaches great importance to its relations with China, firmly adheres to the one-China policy, firmly supports China in safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and will never allow any forces to use the Nepali territory for any anti-China activities. The Nepali side thanks China for its valuable support and assistance in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and highly appreciates the Chinese concept of building a global community of health for all. Nepal is ready to work with China to implement the important results of President Xi Jinping's successful state visit to Nepal, and promote the continuous development of Nepal-China relations, so as to help both countries achieve common development and lasting prosperity.

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