The deputy Prime Minister of China, Mr. Teng Hsiao-ping, has been making a three-day visit?
The deputy Prime Minister of China, Mr. Teng Hsiao-ping, has been making a three-day visit to Nepal, during which he had talks with King Birendra and Prime Minister Kirtinidhi Bista. The visit follows a trip to Burma by Mr. Teng, his first official visit abroad since being restored to power last year.
SYNOPSIS: Diplomatic observers sum up Mr. Teng's visit as the most significant contact between China and Nepal since the late Chinese Premier Chou En-lai visited Katmandu in 1968. Mr. Teng, who flew to Nepal via Tibet, was welcomed by Prime Minister Kirtinidhi Bista on Friday (February 3), and later attended a banquet in his honour at Singha Burbar State Hall. King Birendra and Queen Rana were guests. During the banquet, Prime Minister Bista said the visit would strengthen Sino-Nepalese relations.
On Saturday (4 February), there was a civic reception for Mr. Teng. He has had separate talks with the King and Prime Minister. This and his Burmese trip, are taken as a sign of China's interest in playing a more active role in international diplomacy.
After his meeting with the King and Prime Minister, Mr. Teng said the two nations were the "closest of friends". They had spoken of possible Chinese involvement in a multi-nation power project, of economic co-operation between the two nations and international affairs. Mr. Teng also squashed speculation in Nepal that China might be ready to open the long-forbidden region of Tibet to international tourism.
Mr. Teng reaffirmed China's aim of forming a broad international front to counter the influence of the super powers. He said China would never seek to be a super-power, and would continue to strengthen links with the third world war and countries subject to "imperialist interference, subversion or aggression". Peking also wished to improve relations with India, distant since the 1962 Border war, but efforts were required from both sides.