For the first time, China has responded to the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact. China has described the internal dispute of ISCO Nepal as forced diplomacy of America.
China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin, during a press conference on Friday, referred to the February 28 deadline given by the US to ratify the MCC compact, according to a report in the Chinese newspaper Global Times. Opposes coercive diplomacy.
Wang was quoted as saying, “China welcomes the international community to cooperate with Nepal, contribute to Nepal’s economic development and livelihood improvement, but this should be done on the basis of the will of the Nepalese people without political circumstances.” “
As a friendly neighbor and development partner of Nepal, China will continue to support the Nepalese people to choose their own development path and support Nepal to make decisions in the interest of its country and reflect the will of the people, Wang said. Said, noting that China will continue to provide assistance to help Nepal’s development.
Wang was responding to reports in Nepali media that US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu warned Nepalese leaders that the US would review bilateral relations with Nepal if the MCC agreement is not passed by the end of February. .
US Ambassador to Nepal Randy Berry has already denied reports that the US government has threatened Nepalese leaders to ratify the MCC agreement.
Lu had called Prime Minister (PM) Sher Bahadur Deuba, CPN-UML president KP Sharma Oli and CPN (Maoist Centre) president Pushpa Kamal Dahal on February 10.
There were reports in some media that Lu had warned the three leaders that the US would review bilateral relations with Nepal if the MCC agreement was not passed by the end of February.
Speaking to reporters on February 14, Berry claimed that there was no truth to those reports. “We have not threatened Nepalese leaders – it is wrong. But we are asking Nepal to fulfill its commitments,” he said. “Whether Nepalese leaders ratify the MCC is a decision for Nepal as a sovereign democratic nation, and the decision of Nepal alone. After years of delay in fulfilling Nepal’s promise, we simply say that The ratification of the agreement should be brought in a vote. The people speak through their elected officials.”
“We have discussed with Nepalese leaders – but not as a feature of some of the press and online. According to public documents or statements, Nepalese leaders understand that the MCC will bring jobs and infrastructure to Nepal – which is why the Government of Nepal is the most important. First asked us for an MCC compact,” claimed Berry.
He stressed that the ratification of the MCC Compact or lack thereof would not affect the bilateral relations of nearly 75 years. “The relationship between the United States of America and Nepal is much broader than an agreement. This year marks the 75th year of relations between Nepal and the United States. During these 75 years, Nepal has seen significant and incredible changes. We Standing with Nepal through these. Supported the country with transformation and development assistance, disaster response and preparedness assistance, health and education programs, and more.”