Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) shakes hands with Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal "Prachanda" during their meeting in Beijing, China, Aug. 24, 2008. Prachanda is here to attend the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games on Sunday evening. (Xinhua/Li Tao)
BEIJING, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao met Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal "Prachanda" here on Sunday to exchange views on bilateral relations and the Beijing Olympic Games scheduled to close on Sunday night.
Hu welcomed the newly-elected prime minister to the
Beijing Olympics' closing ceremony and expressed thanks for the support of the
Nepalese government and people for the Beijing Games.
Prachanda said the Beijing Games have turned over a
new leaf in Olympic history and the Nepalese people feel proud for the Chinese.
China and Nepal are "good neighbors, good friends and
good partners", said Hu. "The two countries have established a good neighborly
partnership and enjoyed friendship generation upon generation," he added.
The Chinese government respects the social system and
path of development chosen independently by the Nepalese and supports Nepal's
efforts in safeguarding sovereignty and territorial integrity, Hu said.
He added that the Chinese government is ready to
continue to provide every possible help in Nepal's economic and social
development and promote the long-term and stable development of the
Sino-Nepalese good neighborly partnership.
The two countries should maintain close communication
and cooperation, in a bid to contribute to regional peace, stability and
prosperity, the Chinese president said.
Prachanda said his country takes China as a reliable
friend and expects more help from the Chinese side in order to achieve permanent
peace and promote economic development in Nepal.
He said Nepal is willing to cement cooperation with
China and elevate bilateral ties to a new high.
During the meeting, the Chinese president thanked
Nepal for adhering to the one-China policy and firmly supporting China on the
Tibet issue. Prachanda said Nepal will firmly keep to the one-China policy and
will never allow any activity detrimental to China's interests in its territory.
Prachanda was sworn in as Nepal's new prime minister
on Aug. 18.
"Mr. Prime Minister has come to the Beijing Olympics'
closing ceremony within a week after being sworn in," said Hu. "This fully
demonstrates the great attention Nepal attaches to relations with China and its
profound friendship with the Chinese people. We highly appreciate that."