Chinese Vice Premier Teng Tsiao-ping arrived in Nepal on Friday (3 February) at the start of an official three-day visit.
Chinese Vice Premier Teng Tsiao-ping arrived in Nepal on Friday (3 February) at the start of an official three-day visit. Reuters news agency reported the trip was regarded as the most significant contact between the two neighbours since 1960, when the late Premier Chou En-lai visited Kathmandu.
SYNOPSIS: The Nepalese capital was comparatively quiet when Vice Premier Teng arrived. Reuters described his welcome as colourful, but restrained. There was some concern about the health of the 73-year-old Chinese leader because of the fact that an ambulance travelled near the head of his motorcade.
But at the Martyrs' Memorial in Kathmandu Mr. Teng appeared in good health as he laid a wreath. Later he told journalists that he had wanted to visit the Tibetan capital of Lhasa on his way from China but his advisors had ruled it out. He said Lhasa's altitude of 4,000 metres made it difficult to become acclimatised. But he did tell reporters Tibet would not be opened to tourists.
Officials in Nepal had been expected to discuss the possibility of opening up the region to outsiders. Mr. Teng wouldn't disclose details of his talks with Prime Minister Kirtinidhi Bista, except to say that their countries had no disputes and that they discussed 'everything'. he added that it was China's wish that all countries of south Asia should treat each other as equals and co-exist peacefully. He said there was growing resistance to the policies of the United States and the Soviet Union in the area.