|Jhala Nath Khanal, chairman of Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist-Leninist) delivers a speech at the Embasy of Nepal in Beijing on May 14, 2014. (People’s Daily Online/ Yao Chun)|
"No matter how the world situation changes, the relationship between our two countries is as solid as the Himalayan Mountains standing on our shared border," said the chairman of Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist-Leninist) on his visit to Beijing on May 14, 2014.
The history of China-Nepal can be traced back to the 5th century when sages and saints traveled far and wide in the pursuit of knowledge and peace.
"Since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1955, our bilateral relations have sustained stable development." Jhala Nath Khanal, who served as Prime Minister in Nepal in 2011, believes that regular exchanges of high-level visits have played an important role in consolidating mutually beneficial relations.
Mr. Khanal thinks highly of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence that China has adopted. "Relationships between the ruling parties of China and Nepal as well as the exchanges and friendship between our two peoples have developed soundly."
People of both countries have continuously crossed the borders since ancient times to buy and sell goods and daily needs; ultimately these exchanges became a part of their daily life.
The situation in Nepal has undergone tremendous change, especially since King Gyanendra's direct rule ended under public pressure in April 2006. The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal was established by its people, who overwhelmingly favored the abolition of the monarchy.
Jhala Nath Khanal praised China's development in recent years. "China is now the second economy in the world and I believe that in near future, China will be the world’s leader." He also expressed the hope that China would make greater progress and bring bilateral relations to a higher level.