SA Monirot Staff:
China wanted to advance trilateral cooperation with Nepal and India, and a tripartite cooperation would contribute to stability and development in the region.On being asked if Chinese, Nepali and Indian leaders discussed trilateral cooperation during their meeting in Goa, on 18 October, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said: â€œNepal and India are Chinaâ€™s friendly neighbours.We believe that positive interactions will not only promote economic and social development of the three countries, but also contribute to regional stability and development.â€
It was categorically asked about an informal meeting between Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which took place at a hotelâ€™s waiting room on the sidelines of BRICS Summit in Goa, India on Octob16.Hua further said: â€œWe would like to explore how to enhance trilateral cooperation with India and Nepal so as to advance common development of the three countries.â€
Earlier, Indian side had quashed assertions that a trilateral meeting between India, Nepal and China had taken place. PM Dahal dubbed it â€œcoincidental, rare and pleasant surpriseâ€ and said he had also raised issue of trilateral cooperation, to which, both the Chinese and Indian leaders responded â€œvery positivelyâ€.