China protests US MCC ‘coercive diplomacy’ in Nepal

    Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Wang Wenhin said in a press conference on Friday that the United States had offered Nepal the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). China opposes “coercive diplomacy”, saying in a statement that it has until February 28 to ratify the agreement.

    China welcomes the international community to assist Nepal, to contribute to Nepal’s economic development and livelihood, but it must be based on the will of the Nepalese people without politics, Wang said.

    Wang said that they will continue to support and assist in the development of Nepal.

    According to Nepali media, US Assistant Secretary of State Donald Trump recently had separate telephone talks with Nepali leaders. He urged them to ratify the MCC agreement by February 28 or that Washington “review its relations with Nepal.”

    The media also reported that Lu further warned that the United States had “considered China’s interest in failing to approve the compact of Nepal.”

    Nepal and the United States signed the MCC agreement in 2017. The United States signed the agreement to improve access to electricity and to improve road connectivity, connectivity, and It is designed to drive growth and lay a strong foundation for new investment. But Nepal’s parliament has not ratified the agreement.

    Nepal’s political parties are sharply divided over whether to accept US grant aid under the MCC agreement In Kathmandu and other cities of Nepal, there have been repeated protests and demonstrations against the MCC agreement. Critics of the treaty in Nepal seem to have fulfilled it in terms of Nepal’s sovereignty, integrity and constitutional autonomy.

    Experts say the critics of the treaty in Nepal understand that it is part of the US Indo-Pacific military strategy. Since Washington’s Indo-Pacific strategy clearly targets China, they do not want Nepal to be involved.

    Experts have commented that Nepal’s parliament approved the compact not because of the so-called deceptive campaign of China but because of Nepal’s own internal interests. US criticism of China is completely baseless, with the United States threatening China by seeking to achieve its own geo-strategic goals by sowing discord and creating rifts between Nepal and China. But let there be no impact on long-term friendly cooperative relations between China and Nepal, which is something the United States does not want to see.

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