Nepali PM assures Premiere Wen of no-anti China activities in Nepal
Nepal's prime minister said Tuesday his government would not tolerate any anti-China demonstrations in the Himalayan nation as he met with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing, state media reported.
"The Nepalese government... believes that Taiwan and Tibet are inalienable parts of the Chinese territory," Madhav Kumar Nepal told Wen Jiabao in comments reported on China's state television CCTV.
Nepal "will not allow any forces to use Nepalese territory to engage in anti-China activities."
The Himalayan nation is home to around 20,000 exiled Tibetans, who began arriving in large numbers in 1959 after their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama fled Tibet following a failed uprising against the Chinese.
In recent months the exiles say their lives have become increasingly difficult as Nepal -- reportedly under heavy pressure from Beijing -- has sought to restrict their activities.
Nepalese authorities have arrested dozens of exiles who tried to hold protests over Tibet.
Nepal's official visit to China is his first since he took office in May, and he is also due to meet with President Hu Jintao on a trip aimed at strengthening ties between the two countries.
Officials from both countries signed agreements on trade and exchanges, the CCTV report said.
Wen said the two nations should cooperate more closely on trade.
"China will adopt active measures to promote the exports of Nepalese products to China and encourage and support businesses to go to Nepal to invest in infrastructure," Wen said, according to the report.
"The two sides can expand cooperation in the areas of mountain agriculture, animal and plant quarantine and training," Wen was quoted as saying.
AFP [Wednesday, December 30, 2009 11:58]