Kathmandu: Veteran Chinese diplomat Yang
Houlan will take over as China`s new ambassador to Nepal, amid
efforts by the two nations to boost bilateral ties.
Yang, who arrived in the Nepalese capital today, is
scheduled to present his credential to President Ram Baran
Yadav on Monday.
Yang, who replaced Qiu Guohong, is one of the senior
most Chinese diplomat. He has served as the Chinese envoy to
Korean Peninsula Affairs before his appointment to Nepal.
The appointment of Yang shows China`s growing interest
in Nepal, according to a local media.
Rajeshwor Acharya, a former Nepalese ambassador to
China, was quoted as saying by a private television that the
appointment of Yang indicated that Beijing wants to play a
more active role in bilateral ties unlike in the past when it
used to pursue quiet diplomacy.
Nepal government has recently intensified crackdown
against pro-Tibet activists amid growing pressure from its
giant northern neighbour to better control the Tibetan
refugees within its borders and stop anti-Beijing protests.
Nepal is home to around 20,000 exiled Tibetans and the
capital has been the scene of several anti-China protests over
the last few years.
Nepal supports `one-China policy` that views Tibet as
an integral part of China. It has repeatedly assured China
that it will not allow its territory to be used for anti-