Saturday marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of China-Nepal diplomatic ties.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Nepalese counterpart Ram Baran Yadav have exchanged congratulatory messages.
Celebrations have been held in Nepal to mark the occasion.
STANDUP (ENGLISH): SHRISTI KAFLE, CNC Correspondent
“Today is August 1st and this year 2015 marks the 60th anniversary of Nepal-China relationship. And within these 60 years, the diplomatic ties between these two countries have reached to a great height and to celebrate this special occasion, various programs are being organized in Nepal.”
To mark this special occasion, a walkathon was organized in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, drawing high-level dignitaries from both sides.
The Nepalese government expressed gratitude to neighboring China for its tremendous and continuous support for the country’s social and economic development.
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): MAHENDRA BAHADUR PANDEY, Foreign Minister of Nepal
“This type of celebration will pave the stone for maintaining the harmonious relationship and strengthening it as it needs in the days to come.”
In response, the Chinese side expressed its commitment to supporting the Himalayan nation in its every endeavor to build a bright future.
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): WU CHUNTAI, Chinese Ambassador to Nepal
“China will continue to work with the Nepalese government and the Nepalese people in the social and economic development of the country. And certainly, we will also support Nepal in reconstruction.”
China extended its immediate assistance for search, rescue and relief in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake in Nepal in April.
The Chinese government has announced a package of 760 million U.S. dollars grant for Nepal’s reconstruction.
Now the Nepalese people are expecting the arrival of more Chinese tourists to revive their business and economy.
SOUNDBITE (NEPALI): Tourism Entrepreneur
“Before the earthquake, our business was very good as there were huge numbers of Chinese tourists. But now, our business has gone down. On the occasion of 60th anniversary, I would like to invite the Chinese people to visit Nepal as it is safe and yet beautiful.”
Nepal and China established the diplomatic relations on Aug. 1, 1955.