Vice-President Nanda Bahadur Pun has attended a reception organized on the occasion of the 69th Anniversary of the founding of China on Friday evening. The ceremony organized by Chinese Ambassador to Nepal, Yu Hong, was attended by former Prime Ministers Madhav Kumar Nepal and Jhalanath Khanal, former Chairperson of the Council of Ministers Khilraj Regmi and chiefs of the constitutional bodies. Likewise, former Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Ministers Narayan Kaji Shrestha, Bamdev Gautam, Bhim Rawal incumbent Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa ‘Badal’, Finance Minister Dr Yubraj Khatiwada, Energy Minister Barsha Man Pun ‘Ananta’, Education Minister Giriraj Mani Pokharel, Women, Children and Senior Citizens Minister Tham Maya Thapa, Law Minister Bhanubhakta Dhakal and others were present on the occasion. Similarly, Chief of Army Staff Purna Chandra Thapa, former chief of army staff Rajendra Chhetri, high level army staffs, the chief of diplomatic mission of almost all countries based in Kathmandu, UN high-officials and other high-level dignitaries attended the programme.
Also making their presence in the event were the heads of the foreign diplomatic missions in Nepal, senior officials of the government, representatives from the business community, media fraternity and Chinese diaspora in Kathmandu, among others. On the occasion, Chinese envoy Yu talked about the stride China made in the social and economic sectors in the past 69 years. Stating that the diplomatic relations established between China and Nepal 63 years ago and time since then has reached the bilateral relations between the two countries to a new height. The Chinese envoy asserted, “China, which has been extending cooperation on the basis of equality, mutual benefits and respect, has been extending its continuous support to Nepal in the sector of physical infrastructure, energy, information and technology, agriculture, education, culture, tourism, and civil aviation, among others.” Prior to the beginning of the programme, a team of students sang the national songs of Nepal and the People’s Republic of China while a cultural team showed its performance.