Nepal Maoists flash China threat against India

China will not remain "a silent spectator" if any country intervened in the affairs of Nepal, according to a top leader of the Maoist party.

Last Updated: Dec 02, 2010, 21:36 PM IST

Kathmandu: China will not remain "a silent
spectator" if any country intervened in the affairs of Nepal,
according to a top leader of the Maoist party, whose supremo
Prachanda has often accused New Delhi of interfering in
Nepalese affairs and "dictating" to its leadership.

CPN-UML secretary Yuvraj Gyawali, who yesterday
returned from China after leading an 11-member delegation,
said Beijing assured the Maoists that it will not remain
silent if any other country intervened in Nepalese affairs.

"We have no policy to interfere in the affairs of any
other country and if there is foreign interference in Nepalese
affairs, China will not remain a silent spectator," Gyawali
quoted Hei Young, the Chinese Deputy Prime Minister and member
of the Secretariat of Chinese Communist Party, as saying.

Maoist chief Prachanda has often resorted to
anti-India rhetoric in his battle for supremacy in the
ultra-left group. He has frequently accused New Delhi of
interfering in Nepal`s affairs and "dictating" to its
leadership.

The Maoists have even blamed India for its inability
to form a government under its leadership amid the political
standoff over the election of a new prime minister.

At its conclave in Gorkha district, the party also
called for halt to foreign interference in Nepalese affairs.

It also demanded for abrogation of all unequal
treaties signed with India, including the landmark Peace and
Friendship Treaty of 1950 and opposed alleged border
encroachments by India, according to party sources.

During the meeting in the Great Hall of the People in
Beijing, Hei underlined the importance of the landmark peace
process in Nepal. He told the visiting Maoist delegation that
the peace process will have an impact on the entire South
Asian region.

"Nepal’s peace process will not only affect the
situation of Nepal but it will also have an impact in the
entire South Asia region," Gyawali said, quoting the
Chinese leader.

Therefore, "China wants Nepal’s peace process and the
constitution drafting process conclude at the earliest," Hei
said, adding that "Chinese government’s goodwill is with Nepal
for the success of these processes."

"The peace and stability in Nepal will also have a
positive impact in our country as disturbance and stability
will adversely impact China too," Hei said.

The Maoist delegation yesterday returned to the county
after completion of a ten-day visit to China where the team
exchanged views on the situation in each other’s country,
Gyawali said.

PTI