Nepal Communist Party senior leader Jhalanath Khanal (L) holds talks with Hou Yanqi, Chinese Ambassador to Nepal (C).
KATHMANDU: Two days after holding talks with Nepal Communist Party senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal, Chinese Ambassador to Nepal, Hou Yanqi on Tuesday held talks with NCP senior leader Jhalanath Khanal.
She reached Khanal’s Dallu-based residence this morning for the meeting.
Chinese Ambassador Hou has once again initiated political meetings with the NCP leaders amid the heightened intra-party row within the ruling NCP.
It seems that China’s role has played an important role in patching up disputes among the ruling party leaders, say observers.
She has initiated political meetings with the NCP leaders yet again in a bid to keep the party’s unity intact.
On July 5, she held talks with NCP senior leader Nepal at the latter’s residence in Koteswor during which the duo are learned to have discussed Nepal’s political developments, particularly the NCP row, which has touched a new height in recent times.
She is also learned to have met President Bidhya Devi Bhandari this week.
Political observers have to note that China, like in the past, has been particularly concerned over the row within the ruling NCP, and the latest political developments here in Nepal.
The meetings with leaders Nepal and Khanal have been taken significantly at a time when NCP Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, senior leaders Nepal and Jhalanath Khanal and party Vice Chairman Bamdev Gautam are hell-bent on ousting Prime Minister KP Oli amid intra-party wrangling, especially after PM Oli alleged them of dancing to the tunes of India to oust him.
It should be recalled that Ambassador Yanqi had in the first week of May played a crucial role to avert possible party split.
The intra-party feud in the ruling NCP has heightened after leaders are divided between Chairman Dahal-Nepal camp and Prime Minister Oli group over internal power sharing issue.