Nepal political crisis: Chinese ambassador Hou Yanqi meets another leader Madhav Kumar Nepal
As Nepal’s political crisis is growing, the Chinese ambassador to Nepal, Hou Yanqui, is not leaving any stone unturned to keep herself busy. She is continuously holding the meeting with the Nepalese leaders to form a pro-Chinese government in Nepal.
The Chinese ambassador on Friday evening met Madhav Kumar Nepal. Madhav Kumar Nepal has replaced Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli as chairman of the Nepal Communist Party.
Bishnu Rijal, Party’s deputy chief of foreign affairs department, confirmed the meeting between chairman Nepal and ambassador Hou.
Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China H.E. Hou Yanqi paid a courtesy call to the Chairman of the Nepal Communist Party comrade Madhav Kumar Nepal today. They discussed on the issues of bilateral concerns of the both countries.
Bishnu said that the Chinese ambassador discussed the future political course of the ruling party. She also discussed the split in the ruling party.
Along with Madhav Kumar Nepal, the Chinese ambassador met Barsha Man Pun, the party’s Standing Committee member, and former energy minister, on Thursday.
To be noted that the Supreme Court on Friday issued a notice to President Bidya Devi Bhandari and sought a written justification against dissolving the House of Representatives on Sunday.
The Chines ambassador Hou is regularly meeting with the Nepalese leaders following the president’s move to dissolve the House of Representatives and announcing mid-term elections. She is discussing the political development with the leaders.
On Thursday, Chinese ambassador Hou Yanqi met Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda,’ Nepal Communist Party’s executive chairman. Prachanda claims control over the ruling party after removing Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli from the post.
According to the sources, the meeting lasted between the two for half an hour, and they discussed the existing political situation in Nepal. The meeting was held at Prachanda’s residence in Khulmaltar.
It is noted that the Chinese ambassador Hou’s meeting with Prachanda comes two days after she called on Nepal’s President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Tuesday. Hou met the Bidya Devi Bhandari at the latter’s office in Sheetal Niwas.
Interestingly, the Chinese ambassador has been intervening in Nepal’s internal affairs at the time of crisis. This is not to be called the first time that the Chinese ambassador is involved in that.
Earlier in May, Oli was facing mounting pressure to step down. The Chinese ambassador held separate meetings with the Nepali President, the prime minister, and other senior NCP leaders, including Prachanda.
In July again, Hou again met a number of top leaders and discussed the existing political situation. She met with president Bhandari, prime minister Prachanda, Madhav Kumar Nepal, and Jhala Nath Khanal and Bamdev Gautam to save Oli, who is known for his pro-Beijing stands.
For her intervention in Nepal’s internal affairs, political party leaders had termed t as interference in Nepal’s internal political affairs.
To be noted that Chinese interference in Nepal’s internal affair has been criticized by the Nepalese leaders and people too. once dozens of student activists carrying placards with anti-China slogans had staged a demonstration in front of the Chinese Embassy in Nepal to protest against Hou’s interference in Nepal’s internal affairs.
China’s interference in Nepal’s internal affairs has been growing over recent years. The Dragon country has invested billions of dollars under Beijing’s ambitious multi-billion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Apart from the BRI, China is building the Trans-Himalayan Multi-Dimensional Connectivity Network with Nepal.
The USD 2.75 billion trans-Himalayan projects under the controversial Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) are considered one of the most ambitious infrastructure plans ever undertaken by the Chinese government abroad.
China’s ambassador to Nepal Hou has been seen making open efforts to garner support for Oli as he has an inclination towards China.
On Sunday, Nepal became politically unstable after President Bidya Devi Bhandari dissolved the House of Representatives and announced dates for mid-term elections at Prime Minister Oli’s recommendation. It led to protests from a section of the ruling party and various opposition parties, including the Nepali Congress.