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Nepal-China Friendly Relations

14 September, 2012

- Manju Ratna Sakya
Nepal Journalists Association
The relations between Nepal and China have always been friendly, cordial and cooperative without any problem throughout history. China has been a true partner and supporter in Nepal’s social and economic development and China’s fast and steady development is a lesson for Nepal in its bid for modernization and development. China’s cooperation in infrastructure development and service sector has been highly significant. Nepal has always been grateful for the good neighborly spirit of China and its development assistance. The age-old friendly relationship has been further reinforced by the exchanges of high-level visits between the two close nations. Nepal-China relationship, which is based on trust provide a model of a relationship between a big and small neighbor with different social systems is remarkably trouble free and there is strong political will and groundswell of public support on both sides to maintain this unique feature of bilateral ties.
No matter what has changed in international or internal situation, Nepal-China friendly cooperative relations would always remain intact. China would continue to be Nepals good neighbour, good friend and good partner. Nepal is a very important neighbour of China and it is the set policy of China to further strengthen friendly relations and cooperation with Nepal in all fields. Saying mutual understanding, mutual respect, mutual trust and treating each other equally have become salient characters of Nepal-China relations. There was no outstanding problem but friendship and cooperation between us.
The most cordial and friendly understanding, goodwill and sentiments of cooperation subsisting so hapily between Nepal and China from time immemorial and we really feel proud that Nepal and China alone are such two countries in the world who present such a unique example of peaceful co-existence the like of which cannot be seen anywhere else. We both follow diametrically-opposed social, political and economic systems but yet we both are so close to each other in almost all sectors.  We do not have any problems at all between ourselves. China, despite being a developing economy herself, has been providing most liberal and unconditional assistances to Nepal in our all round developments. The most unique specially of this assistance is that any programme or project executed with Chinese aid produces immediate impact on our socio-economic conditions. These unique friendly and good neighborly relations have grown up through the constant exchange of visits between the two countries at all level, which are on record.
Nepal and the Nepalese people have the good faith and trust with China and the Chinese people. In this big friendly country Nepal Journalists Association (NJA) and All-China Journalists Association (ACJA) have the exchange visit of journalists delegation since 1980. Accordingly, the first Five members NJA delegation under my leadership visited China from 5th March to 19th March 1980. Likewise, under my leadership the NJA delegation visited China from 21st May to 5th June 1982,  from 15th March to 29th March 1986, from 17th May to 31st May 1989, from 4th September to 13th September 1992, from 6th July to 15th July 1997 and 14th September to 23rd September 2003.  
The six members high level Nepalese journalists delegation of Nepal Journalists Association (NJA) led by me had got the opportunity to visit China again at the cordial invitation of All-China Journalists Association (ACJA) from 16th December to 22nd December  2010. In the NJA delegation, Chief Editor of Rahashya Weekly and Senior journalist Mr. Murari Prasad Gautam, NJA Treasurer Mr. Prakash Maskey, Chief Representative of Arpan Weekly Mr. Chiran Ratna Sakya and Press photographer  Mr. Pushpa Ratna Dangol were included. Though our visit to China this time was fixed within a very short period, the ACJA had arranged all the programs with a great satisfaction. NJA is very proud to send the Nepalese journalists delegation to China time to time. It is a great honour and proud for all of us. 
Likewise, at the invitation of NJA, five members Chinese journalists delegation led by Mr. Meng Fan, Director of Xinhua News Agency visited Nepal from 22nd March to 2nd April 1983.
Mr. Kong Mai, Secretary of the Secretariat of the Chinese Journalists Association visited Nepal leading the Six Members journalists delegation from 26th March to 6th April 1987 at the invitation of NJA. Likewise, leading Five members journalists delegation, Mr. Tang Fei, Member of the Secretariat of Chinese Journalists Association visited Nepal from 11th April to 18th April 1992 at the invitation of NJA.
The Vice-Chairman of Guangzhou Daily Newspaper Mr. Lai Nanchi visited Nepal from 4th September to 10th September 1998 leading seven members  Chinese  journalists delegation.
Under this programme, the five members Chinese journalists delegation led by Honorable President of All-China Journalists Association  Mr. Shao Huaze had visited Nepal at the invitation of NJA from 23rd March to 28th March 2006. 
The recent visit of Chinese journalists delegation at the invitation of NJA visited Nepal from 22nd Nov. to 26th Nov. 2011. The Chinese journalists  delegation was led by Mr. Zhao Xiting, Deputy President of Jilin Daily and members are Mr. Li Zhiwei-Chief editor of Guangming Daily, Ms. Yanyuqing-Chief editor of Qiushi Magazine, Mr. Zhu Guoqiu -Director of Mass Work of  Shanghai Wenhui Daily and Mr. Wang Hangang-Director of Jinhao Net of Shaanxi Radio.
About All-China Journalists Association
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.
ACJA has the Domestic Work Department, the International Liaison Department, the office for Taiwan, Hongkong and Macao Affairs, the Internet Center and the General Office. ACJA has so far in various forms established exchange and cooperation with many foreign journalist associations and press organizations.
During our visit to China, apart from social-economic prosperity, we have found full political stability, full freedom of press, full utilization of human rights, full public level enjoyment of democratic principles and ideas and materialization of the concept of all round development in China. These unusual achievements which are being accomplished in China are the result of the intimate and inter-related relationship among the Chinese Government, the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese people. These relations have further nurtured on mutual faith and trust which is like the relationship between fish and water. Every programme of the Government and the Party is people-oriented. The Chinese people are fully determined to develop China under the leadership of Chinese Government and Party.
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 hearty and warm welcome and accorded kind hospitality which will be never forgotten. We were so overwhelmed by the kind hospitality that we could not feel how the seven days we passed in China.
Nepal and China are very close friendly neighbours. The relations between Nepal and China are as old as history itself. Our relations 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 China. We respect and regards to Chinese people, Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese Government. We have to learn many lessons from China to save our sovereignty and to develop our country.
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. We Nepalese regard Chinese not only as our old, most reliable and trusted friend but also one who always stand by Nepal both in wail and weal. 
We have tasted many sumptuously Chinese dishes, and all these dishes we enjoyed this time are still on our tongue. There are so many impressions which cannot be explained and expressed here. The only thing we could say is that we learnt a lot and yet we have to learn much more from China.
We definitely hope that the mutual friendly relationship between us will further strengthen in the years to come. I had visited many countries of the world, among them I would like to visit China again and again because China is a reliable, trusted and old friend of Nepal.