KATHMANDU, Aug 11: A five-member Chinese delegation led by Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Fu Ying on Saturday paid a courtesy call on Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Narayankaji Shrestha.
The delegation arrived in Kathmandu via Bhutan to participate in the foreign secretary-level meeting of Nepal-China Consultative Mechanism scheduled for Monday.
At the meeting held in Singha Durbar, Vice Minister Fu said China wants to consolidate her relations with Nepal. "China has expressed gratitude to Nepal´s one-China policy and also expressed continued support to Nepal," Deputy Prime Minister Shrestha told media persons after the meeting.
Stating that Nepal and China share a “problem-free” relation, Shrestha said he told Vice Minister Fu that the friendly relations subsisting between the two countries can be further strengthened.
Nepal and China have established two separate bilateral mechanisms -- one secretary level and the other minister level. The meeting of foreign secretary level mechanism established in 1966 is held every four years alternatively in Beijing and Kathmandu.
Nepal and China will review the status of implementation of various agreements reached between the two countries during the brief visit of Chinese premier Wen Jiabao in January. "The meeting will review what has been done and what needs to be done o implement the agreements," said Shrestha.
Issues of economic cooperation between the two countries will also be discussed at the meeting. Prior to the meeting with Minister Shrestha, the delegation had also held a meeting with Foreign Secretary Durga Prasad Bhattarai.
According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), the Chinese delegation is scheduled to visit Lumbini on Sunday and hold a bilateral consultative mechanism meeting with Nepalese side at Yak and Yeti Hotel on Monday morning. The delegation will return home on Tuesday after completing its four-day visit to Nepal.