A senior Chinese official has met with Madhav Kumar Nepal to discuss political stability in Nepal following the resignation of the Prime Minister, Jhala Nath Khanal.
Zhou Yongkang met with the leader of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) (CPN-UML) in Kathmandu. The member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Secretary of the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs of the CPC Central Committee is on a five-nation tour of Asia. Madhav Kumar Nepal has previously served as Prime Minister of Nepal, resigning his post on 30th June 2010.
The Nepalese parliament has until 21st August 2011 to recommend a new Prime Minister to the President. The caretaker Prime Minister, Jhala Nath Khanal, also met with Zhou to reiterate Nepal’s support for the One China policy, which includes occupation of Tibet.
An official statement said:
“Zhou highly appreciated Madhav Kumar Nepal’s contribution to the China-Nepal friendship, while Nepal said his country was committed to boosting the friendly ties with China and hoped to learn from China’s experience in socio-economic development.”
Nepal has a strategic significance to China as it hosts over 20,000 Tibetan refugees who have been known to protest at the Chinese occupation of their homeland. Zhou will continue on to Laos, Cambodia, Tajikistan and Mongolia.