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Round table discussion on Nepal-China relations and contours for economic cooperation

South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) organized a round table discussion on 15 June, 2018 with a primary objective to discuss the current state of Nepal-China relations and to identify the priorities for Nepal in upcoming negotiations during Prime Minister Oli’s forthcoming state visit to China on June 19.

Clearly identifying national interest; ensuring strategic independence and freedom of choices; linking investments in trade and connectivity with productive capacity; exploring the possibilities of Chinese investments in Renminbi, among others, were identified by the panelists and discussants as the guiding factors for Nepal-China relationships.

Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya, former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, laid the foundation for discussions with his comprehensive presentation regarding current context of Nepal-China relations and important elements to consider to ensure a mutually beneficial relationship. The panel discussion, which included remarks from Dr. Rajan Bhattarai, Member of Nepal-India Eminent Persons Group (EPF); Mr. Gyanendra Lal Pradhan, Representative from FNCCI; and Mr. Madhu Raman Acharya, former Foreign Secretary of Nepal, was lively and insightful.  

The floor discussion saw contributions from a wide range of participants, including policy makers, diplomats, scholars, and private-sector representatives.


Summary of Proceedings

Programme Agenda

Media coverage

  The Kathmandu Post

  Arthik Abhiyan