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When India, China grow together, rise of Asia is 'unstoppable': Nepal

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

on Thursday said when and rise together, the rise of is "unstoppable" and hoped for harmonious ties between its two "big neighbours".

Nepal's Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, in his address at the Raisina Dialogue here, also pitched for strengthening of the (SAARC), for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) and the implementation of the agenda of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, (BBIN) sub-regional cooperation.

"and can work together towards common progress and prosperity, better physical connectivity and greater people-to-people connection," Gyawali said.

On the sidelines of the dialogue, the Nepalese met her Indian counterpart and reviewed recent developments in bilateral ties across diverse sectors, including development projects and connectivity, according to

In his address, Gyawali said: "Next door, we have always emphasised the good and harmonious relations between our two big (and India). When these two rise together, the rise of becomes unstoppable."

"We were encouraged in this context by the positive vibe that last year's summit (between and Chinese Xi Jinping) created. We are of the view that one country's rise should not be seen as a threat to the other. It could be an opportunity to rise together," he said.

Gyawali said amity with all and animosity with none is the basis of Nepal's foreign policy.

A country like Nepal has been a firm advocate of a rule-based, predictable international order, he said.

"We are a believer of multilateralism where we can get our voices heard, problems and challenges recognised and support be extended.

"Rules-based order is essential for our survival. We have always been the supporter of multilateral institutions like the UN. What we have wanted though is its reform to reflect the current reality," he said.

Nepal has always supported rules-based trading arrangements under WTO, Gyawali said, adding that want preferential treatment for least developed countries.

and Nepal relations have been comprehensive and the two countries are connected by geography, history, religion and cultures, he said.

"While the world is becoming more interdependent, the challenges ahead require to be addressed with more collective efforts, these include challenges posed by the tendencies to weaken multilateralism and collaboration," the Nepalese said.

There is uncertainty because the existing world order stands challenged and the new world order is yet to be established, he said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 18:40 IST
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