Ambassador Yang Houlan's Address at the Interaction Programme with Nepalese Youth Political Leaders
Kathmandu, August 12, 2011
Respectable Mr. Prakash Babu Paudel, President of Nepal-China Friendship Youth Association,
Leaders of all the youth organizations present today,
Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends,
It is my great pleasure to have this opportunity to attend this interaction programme by the invitation of Nepal-China Friendship Youth Association, and communicate with young political leaders of Nepal face to face.
China and Nepal are friendly neighbors linked by mountains and rivers. People of our two countries are like brothers who stand for each other for all time. Looking back, Fa Xian and Xuan Zang, master monks of ancient China, Princess Bhrikuti of Nepal and the architect Arniko were great messengers of our friendship, who leaves milestones in the history of China-Nepal relations. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Nepal in 1955, we have gone together through thick and thin, stood together through storm and stress during the past 56 years and China-Nepal Comprehensive Partnership of Cooperation featuring everlasting friendship has been established. The traditional friendship created and nurtured by our forefathers is valued as driving force to further develop and strengthen the relationship between China and Nepal, and provides the solid foundation to extend the goodwill feelings of both peoples to each other.
In the hands of young people lies the future of the world. Youth associations in China and Nepal, therefore, are endowed with the mission to inherit and promote the existing traditional friendship between our two countries. It gives me the vision of a bright future concerning the friendly relations between us to see so many young Nepalese politicians who are interested in the activities of friendship organizations of China and Nepal and dedicate themselves to the development of our friendship.
Bearing in mind the idea to maintain our everlasting friendship, both China and Nepal attach great importance to youth exchange, with the focus on the friendly visits and mutual learning between young people of the two countries. In this way, mutual understanding and friendly feelings between our young generations can be enhanced, and the hearts of our two peoples will be closer.
At present, Chinese government provides more than 100 quotas of Chinese scholarship to Nepalese students every year. Since the establishment of our diplomatic relations in 1955, there have been about 2700 Nepalese students who went to China to study for bachelor, master and doctor’s degree. In recent years, more and more Chinese students choose to come to Nepal to study Nepalese language and culture. The Confucius Institute at Kathmandu University, which was established 4 years ago, has grown into a strong institution providing different kinds of Chinese classes all over Nepal including Kathmandu, Pokhara, Lumbini and Chitwan with more than 3000 students. Meanwhile, 58 volunteer teachers and 7 professional teachers are teaching Chinese language and culture in more than 50 schools and institutions. Since 1999, there has been 6 groups, about 100 young Chinese doctors who have worked in the B.P. Koirala Memorial Cancer Hospital, which Chinese government helped to establish in Chitwan.
Since the signing of the Agreement of China-Nepal Youth Exchange and Cooperation, interaction between the youth of two countries has become more and more frequent. In July, 2011, The Youth delegation of Chinese Government, consisting of the young elites from all walks of life of China has just visited Nepal. They were impressed by the warm welcome and great hospitality they received from Nepalese friends during the visit. As for regular interactions, more and more young people in Nepal are interested in involving themselves in activities organized by Chinese Embassy, including China Festival, Happy Spring Festival, Chinese Film Festival, Chinese Book Exhibition, Chinese Photo Exhibition, China Education Exhibition, and Chinese Language and Culture Competition, which create very positive social atmosphere featuring China-Nepal friendship.
Like Chairman Mao Zedong, the great Chinese leader once commented, that “the world belongs to the old and the young alike, but its future lies in the hands of the young ones after all. The youth, full of vigor and vitality, are as fresh and promising as the morning sun at 8 or 9 o’clock.” What I would like to say to the young people, therefore, is that the traditional friendship between our two countries will be passed on from generation to generation, and a better future of such a friendship will become a reality in your time. I believe the youth associations such as Nepal-China Friendship Youth Association and our young political leaders here today will bear in mind the history of our friendship, and keep exploring new ways to enrich, vitalize and refresh the friendly cooperation between China and Nepal, and in this way promote the development of our friendship in new times.
As the Chinese Ambassador to Nepal, it is my great pleasure to increase the exchange and interaction with all of you from the first days that I work here. I will try in every possible way to support all the efforts made by the friendship organization like Nepal-China Friendship Youth Association and all the young Nepalese political leaders to promote Nepal-China friendship, and elevate the bilateral relations between China and Nepal in every aspect to higher levels.