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Happy over development of sound India-Nepal ties, says China

Nepalese Prime Minister, who arrived in New Delhi on Wednesday on a four-day visit, will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday to review the entire gamut of bilateral ties.

india Updated: Aug 23, 2017 17:35 IST
Press Trust of India, Beijing
India-Nepal ties,China,Indo-China ties
Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj (L) shakes hand with Nepal's Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba (C) at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on Wednesday.(AFP)

China on Wednesday said it was “happy” to see the development of sound and healthy relations between India and Nepal, amidst reports that Beijing was concerned over Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s visit to India, his first trip abroad after assuming office.

Deuba, who arrived in New Delhi on Wednesday on a four-day visit, will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday to review the entire gamut of bilateral ties.

Asked about media reports that China was concerned over Deuba’s visit to India and its impact on Kathmandu’s participation in Beijing’s multi-billion Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Hua said, “I have not seen the reports you mentioned. In the 21st century, international relations should not be a zero-sum game or the counter balancing between countries.”

“China is happy to see the development of sound and healthy relations between Nepal and India. We also believe that the BRI is inclusive and mutually beneficial. China welcomes countries to join BRI with wide consultation, shared benefits and joint contribution,” she said.

Deuba, during his visit, will also travel to Hyderabad and Bodh Gaya.

First Published: Aug 23, 2017 17:35 IST