China will not remain "a silent spectator" if any country intervened in the affairs of Nepal, according to a top leader of the Maoist party, whose supremo Prachanda has often accused New Delhi of interfering in Nepalese affairs and "dictating" to its leadership.
CPN-UML secretary Yuvraj Gyawali, who on Wednesday returned from China after leading an 11-member delegation, said Beijing assured the Maoists that it will not remain silent if any other country intervened in Nepalese affairs.
"We have no policy to interfere in the affairs of any other country and if there is foreign interference in Nepalese affairs, China will not remain a silent spectator," Gyawali quoted Hei Young, the Chinese Deputy Prime Minister and member of the Secretariat of Chinese Communist Party, as saying.
Maoist chief Prachanda has often resorted to anti-India rhetoric in his battle for supremacy in the ultra-left group. He has frequently accused New Delhi of interfering in Nepal's affairs and "dictating" to its leadership.
The Maoists have even blamed India for its inability to form a government under its leadership amid the political standoff over the election of a new prime minister.
At its conclave in Gorkha district, the party also called for halt to foreign interference in Nepalese affairs.
It also demanded for abrogation of all unequal treaties signed with India, including the landmark Peace and Friendship Treaty of 1950 and opposed alleged border encroachments by India, according to party sources.
During the meeting in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Hei underlined the importance of the landmark peace process in Nepal. He told the visiting Maoist delegation that the peace process will have an impact on the entire South Asian region.
"Nepal’s peace process will not only affect the situation of Nepal but it will also have an impact in the entire South Asia region," Gyawali told PTI, quoting the Chinese leader.
Therefore, "China wants Nepal’s peace process and the constitution drafting process conclude at the earliest," Hei said, adding that "Chinese government’s goodwill is with Nepal for the success of these processes."
"The peace and stability in Nepal will also have a positive impact in our country as disturbance and stability will adversely impact China too," Hei said.
The Maoist delegation yesterday returned to the county after completion of a ten-day visit to China where the team exchanged views on the situation in each other’s country, Gyawali said.