CPN-UML Secretary and Member of Parliament Yogesh Bhattarai criticized the Prime Minister for his inability to establish a high-level trust environment during his visit to China. After the House of Representatives meeting on Sunday, Secretary Bhattarai told the media that the Prime Minister had not succeeded in building trust with China.
He emphasized that Nepal’s main agenda with China is the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) project, but unfortunately, it was not discussed during the visit. According to Bhattarai, the visit lacked serious discussions on crucial matters, focusing mainly on general retail and minor issues. He pointed out that even though the Prime Minister made a pilgrimage and the holiday was celebrated, the critical implementation of BRI agreements did not progress, indicating a lack of seriousness in dealing with China.
Bhattarai expressed concern that Nepal’s stance on key issues, such as the agreement between India and China in Lipulek and Limpiyadhura, as well as Nepal’s new map and China’s official maps, was not raised during the visit. He emphasized that the visit failed to address China’s doubts about Nepal and criticized the government for not being able to establish a high-level trust relationship with China, possibly due to influence from other powerful countries. Bhattarai concluded by stating that the visit did not effectively address important matters like Taiwan and Tibet, leaving Nepal’s interests unrepresented in the discussions with China.