USA, China confronts over 500 million in Nepal USD in US grant
USA, China confronts over 500 million in Nepal  USD in US grant

USA, China confronts over 500 million in Nepal USD in US grant

Kathmandu, February 18: A small nation in the Himalayas, Nepal, has been caught in a diplomatic quarrel between two superpowers, the United States and China, over $ 500 million US subsidy to Nepal.

Earlier this week, after Nepal had delayed ratifying US aid to parliament, a senior State Department official had warned that the United States would force a review of its relations with Nepal if Kathmandu did not ratify the grant under the Millennium Challenge Corporation. . And now Kathmandu is witnessing violent protests every day, especially from communist parties, against US aid.

On Friday, China accused the United States of using “forced diplomacy” against Nepal to pass the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact.

Some media and members of civil society in Kathmandu accuse China of boosting anti-American protests in Kathmandu.

At a regular press briefing in Beijing on Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin protested against what he called “forced diplomacy” by the United States in Nepal, saying: “China will support the Nepalese side in making the right choice. is in line with national interests and reflects the will of the people ”, referring to the MCC.

It said spokesman Wang in response to a query from a journalist.

A journalist had sought China’s views on the MCC in Nepal, recalling the recent statement by the US State Department that Nepal must take a position on the MCC before 28 February, otherwise US-Nepal diplomatic relations would not remain the same. .

The journalist had also pointed out the polarization of Nepalese politics over the MCC and that demonstrations were being held on a daily basis against the Compact.

Nepal’s Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba is in favor of ratifying the MCC in Parliament, but the chairman of the CPN (Maoist Center), Pushpa Kamal Dahal and other ruling party leaders have died against any such move.

Wang, who welcomes international cooperation for Nepal’s economic growth and improvement of people’s livelihoods, said: “But this should fully respect the will of the Nepalese people and should not attach any political condition.”

“As a friendly neighbor and development partner of Nepal, China will, as always, support the Nepalese people in choosing their own path of development, support the Nepalese side in making the right choices that are in line with national interests and reflect the will of the people, and continue to to provide the best possible support for Nepal’s economic and social development, ”said the Chinese Foreign Spokesman.

Meanwhile, the US Ambassador to Nepal, Randy Berry, after violent protests against MCC in the country recently, said that any activity that encourages violence is not acceptable to the United States.

“We are a strong supporter of freedom of expression and public discourse based on facts, including on the MCC. The right to express one’s views is inherent democracy and people must be allowed to peacefully share their views. Violence and incitement to violence is never acceptable, Said the US Embassy in a Facebook post on Friday.

The US statement comes amid differing views on MCC ratification among the political parties and demonstrations held every day, leading to a bomb blast in one of such protests.(IANS)

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