China is sending a four-member team led by a vice minister of the Communist Party of China to Kathmandu in what is believed to be its effort to assess the basic situation and avoid a split in the Communist Party of Nepal (PNC) government. a media report said today.
Nepal has plunged into a political crisis after President Bidya Devi Bhandari dissolved the House of Representatives and announced the dates for the midterm elections on Sunday on the recommendation of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, prompting protests from a section of the ruling party.
The ruling NCP was practically divided between the factions led by Prime Minister Oli and Chief Executive Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”, two years after it was formed with the merger between the Oli-led CPN-UML and the Maoist Center led by the CPN. by Prachanda in May 2018.
At least two PNC leaders confirmed the arrival on Sunday of Guo Yezhou, vice minister of the International Department of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the Kathmandu Post reported.
“Leading a four-member squadron, Guo is expected to land in Kathmandu on Sunday morning on a regular China Southern Airlines flight,” the newspaper reported, citing sources on both sides of the NCP.
The newspaper says the Chinese move is believed to be an effort by Beijing to assess the situation on the ground.
Bishnu Rijal, deputy director of the foreign affairs department of the PNC faction led by Prachanda, said the Chinese side reported on Gou Yezhou’s visit to Kathmandu.
“I don’t have many details to share with you at this time,” said the Rijal newspaper.
The Chinese embassy in Kathmandu did not respond to his multiple calls and messages, the newspaper said.
Citing sources from the ruling party, the newspaper said that during his four-day stay in Kathmandu, the Chinese vice minister will meet with top leaders from both sides of the party.
The development comes after the Chinese ambassador to Nepal, Hou Yanqi, held a series of meetings with the president and top leaders of the PNC, including Prachanda and Madhav Nepal, which replaced Oli as chairman of the Prachanda-led faction.
During his meeting with Madhav Nepal on Friday, Ambassador Hou, concerned about the division in the ruling party, investigated, among other things, the future political direction of the ruling party, the newspaper quoted Rijal as saying.
On Thursday, Ms Hou met with Mr Prachanda, who claims control over the ruling party after removing Prime Minister Oli from his positions as parliamentary leader and party chairman.
He also met with Standing Committee member and former Energy Minister Barsha Man Pun on Thursday, the newspaper said.
Ms. Hou’s meeting with Prachanda took place two days after she summoned President Bhandari to her office in Sheetal Niwas on Tuesday.
The envoy will discuss the latest political developments following the president’s decision to dissolve the House of Representatives and announce midterm elections.
This is not the first time that China has intervened in Nepal’s internal affairs at a time of crisis.
In May, Ms Hou held separate meetings with President Bhandari, the prime minister and other senior PNC leaders, including Prachanda, when Oli faced mounting pressure to resign.
In July, he met again with several prominent leaders, including the President, Prime Minister, Prachanda, Madhav Kumar Nepal, and Jhala Nath Khanal and Bamdev Gautam to rescue Oli, known for his pro-Beijing tendencies.
Several political party leaders had described the series of meetings by the Chinese envoy with the ruling party leaders as interference in the internal political affairs of Nepal.
Dozens of student activists carrying banners with anti-Chinese slogans had organized a demonstration in front of the Chinese embassy to protest Ms Hou’s interference in Nepal’s internal affairs.
China’s political profile in Nepal has grown in recent years with billions of dollars in investments under the Billion Dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Beijing, including the construction of the Connectivity Network. Multidimensional Transhimalaya.
In addition to the investments, China’s ambassador to Nepal Hou has made open efforts to gain support for KP Oli.
The Communist Party of China and the Communist Party of Nepal regularly participated in training programs. In September last year, the NCP even hosted a symposium, inviting the leaders of the Communist Party of China to Kathmandu to train Nepalese leaders on Xi Jinping’s thinking ahead of the Chinese president’s first visit to Nepal, he says.