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Nepal and China: All-weather Friends

28 September, 2016

 Nepal and China are all-weather friends. The two nations witnessed many a political and social upheavals in the gone centuries but Sino-Nepal bond has stood the test of time. Their bonhomie is deepening each passing day as the leadership of two nations have continued to forge high level understanding, mutual trust and cooperation. They are now very close and trustworthy neighbours. A giant Himalayas straddle the geography of two nations but the snow-capped mountains have never been an obstacle to the advancement of cordial and warm ties between the two nations.

The two nations had entered into a friendship agreement on August 1, 1955. Since then, the relations between them have excellent and problem-free. Their bilateral ties are based on the Panchasheel (the five principles of peaceful co-existence). They are - mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, non-aggression, non-interference in each other’s internal affairs for any reason of an economic, political or ideological character, equality and mutual benefit, and peaceful co-existence. They are the lynchpin to define and enhance their relations. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations, Sino-Nepal relations continue to grow and touch the newer heights. China is now one of the largest donor countries extending economic, social, cultural, technical and humanitarian support to Nepal.

China’s first and second generation leaders – Chairman Mao, premier Chou Enlai and Deng Xiaoping- laid the foundation of bilateral relations between Nepal and China, which has been on steady rise with succeeding generation leadership. Under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, Nepal-China ties are gaining new heights. Xi Jinping has come up with a vision of the ‘Chinese Dream’ which seeks to revitalise China at home and contribute to world peace and prosperity through mutual cooperation. Xi’s ‘One Road, One Belt’ is another historic initiative and Nepal is expected to benefit much from it. Once Nepal and China are linked by railway networks, the bilateral relations will get a big boost. It will be catalytic to execute the landmark trade and transit treaty that the two nations inked some months ago. The deal will drastically reduce Nepal’s dependency on the southern neighbour once it is translated into action.

As a reliable, trusted and old friend China always wants to see stability, peace and prosperity in Nepal. It thinks political stability in Nepal is beneficial to both nations. China has never interfered in the internal affairs of Nepal. It never advises Nepal to do this or that. It fully respects Nepal’s right to self-determination. This spirit of real friendship is the key to growing bonhomie between Nepal and China. It is heartening to see that China has accorded due priority to Nepal’s economic development and political stability. China has amplified its support to Nepal. As the two nations are marking the 61st anniversary of the inception of diplomatic relations, they need to focus on cementing the bilateral ties through innovative and creative schemes and friendly gesture. With the high level understanding and meaningful communications, Sino-Nepal bond is going strength to strength and the 61st anniversary of bilateral ties will add another vibrant chapter to Nepal-China amity.

Nepal and Nepalese people have the good faith and trust with China and Chinese people. In this big friendly country, have the Nepal Journalists Association (NJA) and All-China Journalists Association (ACJA) have exchange visit of journalists delegation since 1980.

Situated at No. 7 Zhushikou East Street, Chongwen District of Beijing, All-China Journalists Association (ACJA) is a national non-governmental organization of China's press circle. Its predecessor, China's Young Journalists Society was established in 8th November 1937. As a national non-governmental organization, ACJA has 217 group members including national media like Xinhua News Agency, the People's Daily, CCTV etc., local journalists, professional journalists associations and major institutions engaged in journalists education and research. The supreme decision-making of ACJA is Board of Directors with five years in each term. The Board is elected by the group members, consists of heads of media organizations, press elite and outstanding editors, reporters and program hosts. The Chairman and Vice Chairmen are elected by the Standing Committee of the Board. The Secretariat is appointed also by the Standing Committee, is in charge of Association's daily affairs.

Under this programme, at the official invitation of All China Journalists Association (ACJA) the six members Nepalese journalists delegation of Nepal Journalists Association (NJA) led by me visited China for nearly two weeks from 15th June 2016. In this delegation, Mrs. Subha Laxmi Shakya, Mr. Mohan Bir Thapa, Mr. Hari Gopal Pradhan, Mr. Chiran Ratna Shakya and Mrs. Vidhya Thapa were included. During this visit, we visited Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hongkong also. During our stay at Beijing, the Executive Secretary and Member of Board of Leadership of ACJA Honorable Mr. Zhu Shouchen hosted a grand welcome dinner to us at its central office in Beijing.

We visited the office of China Daily on 16th June 2016 at 15 Huixin Dongjie where Deputy Editor in Chief Mr. Wang Hao and New Media Director Mr. Ke Rongyi gave detail progress report of China Daily.

About China Daily

Founded on June 1, 1981, China Daily attracts high-end readers from diverse fields, including diplomats, representatives of international organizations and transnational corporations, international media reporters and editors, as well as foreign tourists.

With a circulation of 900,000 copies (600,000 distributed overseas), China Daily covers domestic and world news through nine print editions and digital media worldwide. China Daily also published in Hong Kong, the United States, Canada, European countries, Asia, ASEAN countries, Africa, and Latin America. These editions are distributed to local governments, embassies and consulates, think tanks, universities, financial institutions, transnational corporations, international organizations, hotels and high-income readers.

21st Century English Education Media, launched in 1993, is aimed at primary school, middle school and university students. It has developed into an all-platforms education institution and is now China’s leading brand for English education.

Partner of Strength and Multi-language Platforms with a circulation of 4 million, China Watch is a monthly publication distributed to millions of high-end readers as an insert in mainstream newspaper around the world.

China Daily has also developed diversified cooperation with over 40 media organizations around the world, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, etc.

China Daily website (chinadaily.com.cn), launched in 1995, is China’s first national English-language news website. It has become a comprehensive multimedia outlet and is now China’s most influential English-language web portal. The China Daily website provides 24-hour authoritative information on China through multiple channels.

The China Daily website team has also established English websites for more than 200 government organizations and enterprises, including the State Council, the Supreme People’s Court, the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Education, and the National Health and Family Planning Commission.

Founding Member of Asia News Network: Asia News Network consists of 21 mainstream news organizations in 19 Asian countries. China Daily is the founding member of ANN and plays a key role by exchanging stories and staff with mainstream media in other parts of Asia. China Daily Publisher Zhu Ling held the rotating presidency in 2005-2006 and 2015-2016.

The China Daily Asia Leadership Roundtable: The event provides a platform for high-level dialogue and communication among leadership and social elites in fields of politics, business and academic in Asia. Asia Press Photo Contest: Initiated by China Daily and the Asia News Network in 2006, this international photo contest focuses on Asia and attracts press and freelance photographers from countries around the world.

National English Speaking Competition: Founded in 1996, 21st Century National English Speaking Competition is the most prominent English speaking contest in China. It is also the qualifying contest for the annual International Public Speaking Competition in London.

Mainstream Asian media trips to China: China Daily has invited chief editors and senior reporter from mainstream media in Asia and other reporters from mainstream media in Asia and other regions to conduct group interviews in China, promoting communication and cooperation between China and other Asian countries.

University Environmental Protection Cartoon Competition: Launched in 2006, this annual international competition focuses on the theme of environmental protection. It is supported by cartoon societies and related international environment organizations such as the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Wildlife Fund. The competition has received positive responses from college students worldwide.

During our stay at Beijing, we visited National Museum of China on 15th June 2016. We also visited the office of People’s Railway Daily on 16th June 2016, Thursday at 3 Beifengwo Avenue, Haidian District where President Mr. Wangxiong briefed on the Peoples Railway Daily Newspaper

Likewise, we visited China Internet Information Centre on 17th June 2016, Friday at 6 Building B, 89 Xisanhuan Beilu of Beijing where Editor of English Depatment Mrs. Li Huiru, Mr. Liu Qiang and other journalists friends briefed on the activities of the Centre.

Brief Introduction of China Internet Information Center

The China Internet Information Center (CIIC) is a key state news website under the auspices of the State Council Information Office and the State Internet Information Office, managed by the China International Publishing Group. Since its establishment in 2000, CIIC has been providing round-the-clock news services in ten languages: Chinese, English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Russian, Arabic, Korean and Esperanto. Its users are from more than 200 countries and regions across the globe, and the website has become a key window for China in international communication and information exchanges.

CIIC is authorized to publish and live broadcast major national news events, press conferences of state ministries and the annual sessions of the annual sessions of the National Peoples’ Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). It is also the only website authorized by the State Council Information Office (SCIO) to provide live Chinese and English webcasts of press conferences hosted by the SCIO. CIIC is new-oriented and based on China’s national conditions. It provides up-to-date news, solid background information and exclusive in-depth stories, and introduces China to the world in various languages and media forms in a timely and comprehensive manner.

In recent years, CIIC has developed a number of apps, including “China Photos”, “Love Arts”, and “Best German Learner”, and opened mobile web pages in response to the growing popularity of mobile internet. These programs have received wide attention from internet users.

In the future, CIIC will continue to use a variety of languages to explain China’s conditions, voice China’s opinions and tell China’s stories. It will work even harder to provide readers around the world with a vivid and complete picture of the country.

International impact and social focus: As a media organization with significant influence both in China and abroad, CIIC has received exclusive interviews with thousands of ambassadors, political leaders, scholars and celebrities.

CPPCC: The CPPCC section of CIIC provides the latest news on the CPPCC’s efforts to conduct political consultation, exercise democratic supervision, participate in the discussion and management of state affairs, and provide social services. With the support of the CPPCC, democratic parties and social organizations, the section covers the CPPCC’s works in the united front, connects with all social circles, and helps the CPPCC to practice and explore the way it works. It uses social media tools like micro blogs and WeChat to expand its influence in all social circles. It is based on CPPCC reports, integrates various social resources, and provides services to society.

The Nepal journalists delegation also visited Guangzhou Daily group on 20th June 2016, Monday at 10 Tongle Road where President of Guangzhou Daily and BOD Chairman of Guangdong Guangzhou Daily Media CO. Ltd Mr. Gu Jianqing, Directors of International Relation Mr. Shunjing Lu and Director of Integrated Media Center Mr. Qiu Min as well as Ms. Rolly briefed about the progress of Guangzhou Daily Newspaper.

About Guangzhou Daily Group

With 16 newspapers, 5 magazines, one website and a series of companies Guangzhou Daily Group is China’s first and also one of the largest newspaper groups. Besides the flagship newspaper, The Guangzhou Daily, the Group also publishes 15 subsidiary newspapers: The information Times, The Yangcheng Metro News, The Guangzhou Digest, The Soccer News, The Basketball Pioneers, The Senior People’s Newspaper, The Stage & Screen, Guangzhou Community Newspapers, Guangzhou Morning Post, Nansha New District Paper, The Gourmet’s Paper, China Business News, The Panyu Daily, The Zengcheng Daily, The Win Weekly and 5 magazines: The World View, Window of the Southerly Wind. The New Modern Magazine, Cantonese Merchants, Reading Good Books. The website is www.dayoo.com. The economic entities include the wholly-owned subsidiary, Guangzhou Media Holding Co. Ltd. and the holding listed company, Guangdomg Media.

By adhering to the principle of “targeting the most newsworthy and building the most trustworthy”’ Guangzhou Daily Group is always keen on producing the best quality news products as witnesses of Guangdong’s glorious history of reform and opening-up in the past 20 years. The Group’s road to success is a good testimony of the shared prosperity or the newspaper industry in close conjunction with the quick rise of the city and the province.

As a major trend-setter of China’s newspaper industry and a pioneer of media reform, Guangzhou Daily Group has created a series of historical records in China, including becoming the largest tax payer of all the newspaper in China, contributing an accumulative total of over RMB 4 billion to the city Guangzhou. The Guangzhou Daily’s brand value was RMB 22.1 billion in 2015 and has been ranked No. 2 among all the Chinese newspapers, only after The People’s Daily, for years in a row. The advertising revenue has been the highest among Chinese print media for 22 consecutive years. The circulation of the flagship newspaper is ranked No. 3 in China and No. 1 in South China. It tops all other newspapers nationwide in terms of household subscription, retail and readership. The Group’s printing center possesses the largest printing capacity in Asia. The new media cluster of the Group is beginning to take initial shape. For example, in the mobile world, the number of The Guangzhou Daily’s official micro blog users has surpassed 9 million. The Group has opened up more than 30 influential WeChat public accounts covering news information, service for life, interactive entertainment and e-commerce platforms, etc. Known as China’s “first media stock”’ Guangdong Media was the first media company to get officially listed and the Group also became the first newspaper company in South China to get its operational assets listed as a whole in 2012.

We also met Nanfang Media Group on in Guangzhou 20th June 2016 where Deputy Director of the Publicity Department of Guangdong Provincial Communist Party Committee, President of Nanfang Media Group, Chairman of the Huangdong Provincial Journalists Association Mr. Mo Gaoyi, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Nanfang Media Group, CEO of Southen.com Mr. Ouyang Nongyue and CEO of the South Cultural Equity Exchange Mr. Zhibing Zhang briefed the achievement & progress of Nanfang Media Group.

The Nepalese delegation also visited local Community in Liwan District of Guangzhou where olders were happily staying. We visited two villages in Zhuha City where Executive Secretary of Zhuhai Municipality Journalists Asociation Mr. Song Li, Ms. Wang Ying and Ms. Chen Mantrang kindly gave detail about Zhuhai City.

Though our visit to China this time was fixed within a very short period but the ACJA had arranged all the programs with a great satisfaction.

During this period, we got the opportunity to meet the high level Chinese Government authorities as well as senior media persons too. The people whom we met and saw wherever we visited in China and Hong Kong, they were looking quite well-fed, well-dressed and well-cared for which gave a very clear impression that they had reached a position where worries about how to meet minimum requirements have no more to pain them. Neat and clean was the pattern of surroundings where we visited and the people were highly disciplined. The visit indeed afforded us with a unique opportunity of witnessing and experiencing with the highest sense of appreciation the charismatic progress, China has been achieving by leaps and bounds. The nature and contents of the overall socio-economic development, Chinese people are accomplishing are so marvelous that every minute the country is going up in a manner beyond recognition.

The Chinese people have achieved that stage when China has become a heaven on the earth. It is all because of the trust that subsists between the people and the Government. Let me say gratefully that wherever we visited in China, we were extended very heartly, warm welcome and accorded kind hospitality.

Regarding Tibet, we would like to mention here that Tibet is an integral part, province and parcel of China. In Nepal, we will not allow any activities that aim at disturbing Chinese Suzerainty over Tibet. The soil, water, air and even climate of Nepal will never be allowed to be used for anti-Chinese activities at any cost in our country.

Nepal and China are very close friendly neighbours. The relations between Nepal and China are as old as history itself. Our relation always remained not only cordial and cooperative but also steady and stable. Our relation is so closed and cordial that is described as all weather relation to mutual benefit. We, the Nepalese people like and love the Great China. We respect and regards to Chinese people and the Chinese Government. We have to learn many lessons from China to save our sovereignty and to develop our country too.

LONG LIVE  NEPAL- CHINA FRIENDSHIP