President Bidya Devi Bhandari marked the beginning of the Eighth China Festival in Nepal and Ballet Gala in the capital city on Tuesday.President Bhandari inaugurated the two-day cultural event by lightning a lamp which is to be performed by National Ballet of China and jointly hosted by Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation of Nepal, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China and the Embassy of China in Nepal. After the inauguration of the event, President Bhandari gracefully inspected the Chinese performances namely, Excerpt from Pas de Quatre, Changqing Showing the Way, Excerpt from Swan Lake Act II and Except from Variations for Four. The National Ballet of China was established in 1959 and all the artists come from professional academies. The National Ballet of China serves as a cultural envoy, the organizers said. During the programme, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Prasad Adhikari said that Nepal-China relations have always remained steadfast and praised the Chinese assistance to Nepal’s post-earthquake reconstruction bid.
On the occasion, Minister Adhikari said that Chinese tourists can be welcomed in the cultural locations of the Kathmandu valley adding that Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur host the unprecedented cultural heritages. Saying that culture and tourism are closely associated to each other, Minister Adhikari stated that such cultural exchanges enhance the tourism activities. Furthermore, Minister Adhikari hoped further cooperation between Nepal and China referring to China’s Belt and Road Initiative prospects. On the occasion, Minister for Culture and Tourism of China Luo Shugang said that Nepal and China linked by rivers and mountains are brought further closer by the concept of BRI. Saying that the artists have shared the Chinese cultures in Nepal through their performance, Luo added that such activities have further enhanced the people-to-people relations between Nepal and China. Likewise, Ambassador of China to Nepal Yu Hong said that presence of President Bhandari in the cultural event has helped further strengthened the relations between Nepal and China in cultural domains stating that President Bhandari has given top priority to Nepal-China relations. Recalling Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and other top leaders’ recent trips to China in 2018, the Chinese Envoy to Nepal said that the bilateral relations of Nepal and China has furthered deepened. China Festival in Nepal is being organized since 2003 and is praised for contributing in mutual cooperation and coordination and cultural exchanges. In the programme, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s political advisor Bishnu Rimal, Minister for Women Tham Maya Thapa, Chief of Army Staff Purna Chandra Thapa, lawmakers, secretaries, high-level government officials, politicians from different political parties, business leaders among others were present in the grand function.
Meanwhile, Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Prasad Adhikari held a separate meeting with his Chinese counterpart Luo Shugang at the Ministry in Singhdurbar on Tuesday afternoon. During the meeting, the Chinese Minister pledged to develop tourism infrastructure in Nepal. On the occasion, the issues of Chinese support for Nepal’s tourism promotion were discussed and both sides would work to create environment conducive to that end, Minister Adhikari told the media persons after the meeting. (RSS)