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China Daily official launch

Friday, May 31st, 2013
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China Daily Asia Weekly officially launched in Kathmandu on Friday in association with Nepali Times at a ceremony followed by a seminar on economic relations between China and Nepal.

China Daily has been publishing its weekly Asian edition in tabloid format every Friday morning in conjunction with Nepali Times, which also comes out every Friday.

Friday morning’s front page of China Daily was unveiled jointly by Chinese ambassador to Nepal Wu Chuntai and Nepal’s Chief Secretary, Lila Mani Poudel, who served as Nepal’s consul general in Lhasa 2005-2007.

Chinese ambassador to Nepal Wu Chuntai officially launches China Daily Asia Weekly in Nepal. In the panel (left to right) are China Daily editor-in-chief, Zhou Li, Nepal's Chief Secretary, Lila Mani Poudel, and editor and publisher of Nepali Times, Kunda Dixit. Photo: Sunir Pandey.

Chinese ambassador to Nepal Wu Chuntai officially launches China Daily Asia Weekly in Nepal. In the panel (left to right) are China Daily editor-in-chief, Zhou Li, Nepal's Chief Secretary, Lila Mani Poudel, and editor and publisher of Nepali Times, Kunda Dixit. Photo: Amir Joshi.

On hand was China Daily editor-in-chief, Zhou Li, based in Hong Kong, and the editor and publisher of Nepali Times, Kunda Dixit.

With the rise of Chinese investment, trade and tourism in Nepal China Daily hopes to allow Nepali readers to be more aware of international affairs from a Chinese perspective.

It was the first time a Chinese newspaper launched itself in Nepal, and China’s ambassador to Nepal, Wu Chuntai, expressed hope it would serve as a “bridge between the readership in the two countries” and encourage trade and economic exchange between the two countries.

“Nepal is rich in natural resources, hydro resources, and tourism resources,” Chuntai said, “and we hope to share the fruits of our booming economy with our neighbour.” He added that Chinese companies are eager to invest in tourism, hydropower, and modern agriculture and look forward to seeing the rule of law and good governance established in Nepal.

Wu Chuntai said Nepal held great attractions for Chinese visitors because of its climate, smiling people and the mountains the two countries share, like Mt Everest. China’s CCTV has made a 5-part series on Nepal and a blockbuster Chinese feature film was shot in Pokhara and Chitwan this year. He said tourism would be a good way for Nepal to narrow the widening trade gap between the two countries.

Suraj Vaidya, president of Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industries, talks about Nepal-China Investment, Trade, and Tourism. Panellists (left to right) Zhang Song, Wen Hui News Agency, Bhaskar Koirala, Nepal Institute of International and Strategic Studies,Radhesh Pant, Nepal Investment Board, Sandip Shah, SN Power, and Kunda Dixit, Himalmedia

Suraj Vaidya, president of Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industries, talks about Nepal-China Investment, Trade, and Tourism. Panellists (left to right) Zhang Song, Wen Hui News Agency, Bhaskar Koirala, Nepal Institute of International and Strategic Studies, Radhesh Pant, Nepal Investment Board, Sandip Shah, SN Power, and Kunda Dixit, Himalmedia. Photo: Amir Joshi.

Wu Chuntai said: “We are not strangers in Nepal, China and Nepal have a long history of cultural exchanges and cooperation.”

The international edition of China Daily is published in 24 countries, and the pan-Asian version has a circulation of 300,000 and is printed and distributed in 14 countries besides Nepal.

Zhou Li, editor-in-chief of the paper, said his newspaper’s aim is to be “a reference point on Chinese perspectives on trade and development” in Asia for the region’s readers.

China has investments all across Asia, and is keen to develop trade links like the India-Bangladesh-Myanmar-China economic corridor, which could be of significance to countries in the vicinity like Nepal.

Speaking at the launch ceremony, Kunda Dixit said: “The Himalaya is no longer a barrier, it can be a backbone for Nepal-China cooperation.”

At a symposium on China-Nepal Investment, Trade and Tourism, held after official launch, panellists from China and Nepal spoke about Nepal’s necessity to increase bilateral trade with each other before any talk of Nepal making trilateral deals with its two giant neighbours.

Radhesh Pant of the Nepal Investment Board compared the relatively low volume of Chinese investment in Nepal with major investments in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Suraj Vaidya of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) said Nepal needed to “get its politics right” first.

“Chinese businesses are ready to invest in Nepal, but are we ready? The ball is in our court,” he said.

Speakers pointed out to the potential for Nepal to benefit from the growing trade between China and India, which exceeded $100 billion last year. China is keen to develop infrastructure and hydropower projects in Nepal, and has been looking at the West Seti project and the Pokhara International Airport.

Bhaskar Koirala of the Nepal Institute for Strategic Studies drew a historical background to Nepal-China relations from the days of Princess Bhrikuti 1,300 years ago.

The Commercial Counsellor at the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu, Peng Wei outlined the huge potential for China-Nepal trade, investment and trade to grow, while Shang Song, the Kathmandu correspondent of Wen Hui News Agency from Shanghai singled out the obstacles to the growth in Chinese investment.

Sunir Pandey

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