On Friday, Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqi met with Finance Minister Janardan Sharma.
During the meeting, Finance Minister commended the Chinese government for its aid to Nepal during the Covid-19 pandemic and in the post-earthquake reconstruction drive.
On the occasion, the Minister expressed his hope that Nepal will continue to receive Chinese support and collaboration in the future.
The Minister thanked China for 1.8 million doses of vaccine that it sent to Nepal as help, stating that providing Covid-19 vaccine to Nepali citizens was the government’s top priority of the hour.
“Nepal has moved forward with the procurement of extra doses of vaccine from China,” he stated, seeking for support and facilitation from the ambassador. He also committed to take the lead in resolving any potential issues with the implementation of China-funded projects in Nepal after monitoring and completing the projects on schedule.
He emphasised that the government will take its position in the under-construction road, hydroelectric, and airport projects with Chinese investment seriously.
During the meeting, the Chinese Ambassador congratulated Sharma on his appointment and stated that China’s policies and perspective of Nepal will stay the same regardless of who was in power, according to a press release from the Finance Minister’s Secretariat.
Ambassador Hou stated that the Chinese people and communist parties there had a strong relationship with the Nepali people and political parties here, and that China was with Nepal in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. According to her, China had previously supplied 1.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccinations to Nepal as a grant, and it would shortly receive an additional 1.6 million doses.
Similarly, China has aided various 25 post-quake projects in Nepal, with a portion of the work finished, according to the Ambassador.
“The Durbar High-School Project has been completed, work on the reconstruction of the Basantapur-based Nine-Storey Palace is nearing completion, and work on other remaining projects is scheduled to be completed soon.”