Nepal’s foreign minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said on Thursday when India and China rise together, the rise of Asia is “unstoppable” and that “one country’s rise should not be seen as a threat to others”.
On the sidelines of the fourth edition of Raisina Dialogue in the national capital, organized jointly by observer research foundation and the ministry of external affairs, while delivering a ministerial address, Gyawali said the rise of India and China would not only benefit only these two countries but would benefit all countries in the region and the world.
While claiming that his nation has no ill-feeling against any others, Gyawali asserted Nepal follows an independent foreign policy. He said, “Our people are peace-loving and we are not part of any military alliance.”
According to NDTV news, Gyawali said: “India and Nepal can work together towards common progress and prosperity, better physical connectivity and greater people-to-people connection.”
According to the ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, Nepal’s Gyawali met with his India’s counterpart Sushma Swaraj and exchanged their views on recent developments in the bilateral ties across the sectors with including connectivity and development projects.
Gyawali said: “Next door, we have always emphasized the good and harmonious relations between our two big neighbours (China and India). When these two rises together, the rise of Asia becomes unstoppable.”
He added: “We were encouraged in this context by the positive vibe that last year’s Wuhan summit (between Prime Minister Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping) created. We are of the view that one country’s rise should not be seen as a threat to the other. It could be an opportunity to rise together.”
Gyawali said the basis of Nepal’s foreign policy is – amity with all and animosity with none.
He said, “We are a believer of multilateralism where we can get our voices heard, problems and challenges recognized and support be extended.”
He further said, “Rules-based order is essential for our survival. We have always been the supporter of multilateral institutions like the UN. What we have wanted though is its reform to reflect the current reality.”
Gyawali said Nepal-India relations have been comprehensive and the two nations are connected through cultures, history, religion, and geography.