Nepal's Diplomatic Relations

Dimensions of Current Relations

1. After the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949 and the ushering in of democracy in Nepal in 1951, both countries showed interest to enter into formal diplomatic relations. A Chinese delegation led by China's Ambassador to India Yuan Zhongxian visited Nepal and had a detailed discussion with the Nepali side for the establishment of diplomatic relations. An agreement formalizing diplomatic relations on the basis of Panchasheel, the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, was singed on 1 August 1955 in Kathmandu by Principal Royal Adviser Sardar Gunja Man Singh and Chinese Ambassador Yuan Zhongxian on behalf of respective governments. China is the 5th country with which Nepal had established diplomatic relations whereas for China, Nepal was the 22th. Ambassador Yuan was concurrently appointed Ambassador to Nepal and Nepal also appointed its Ambassador to India, Lt. Gen. Daman Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana concurrently as its first Ambassador to the People's Republic of China. Nepal-China relations have always remained good, cordial and progressively enriched over the 62 years now.  These relations have been marked by friendliness, mutual support and understanding and appreciation of each other's aspirations and sensitivities.  Both the countries are abiding by the ideals of the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence.

2. The People's Republic of China opened its residential Embassy in Kathmandu in July 1960 and Nepal opened its residential Embassy in Beijing in September 1961. The first residential Ambassadors were respectively Zhang Shijie and Kaiser Bahadur K.C.

3. Nepal and China share a long border, spanning a range of 1414….. Kilometers. Our two Governments resolved border issue amicably in 1961 in the fundamental interest of the two countries and peoples. Notwithstanding the high and mighty Himalayas that separate (or connect) our two countries, we have overcome all geographical difficulties in further consolidating our age-old ties of friendship and co-operation.

4. Nepal China relations are described as a model of good neighbourliness  between a small and a large country with different political systems. Nepal has always been upholding 'One China' policy. The Government of Nepal (GoN) is firm in its principled stand not to allow Nepalese territory to be used against China. China on the other hand, has always treated Nepal as an equal and friendly partner respecting its sovereignty, territorial integrity and national independence.

5. Nepal is the only country that has been privileged to maintained a Consulate General in Lhasa, the capital of the Tibetan Autonomous Region. There is a large presence of people of Nepali origin in Tibet living in harmony with the locals pursuing different vocations. Nepal also maintains Consulate General in Hong Kong and Guangzhou. Kathmandu is connected by direct air links from Lhasa, Chengdu, Kunming, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.

6.  As a Permanent Member of the UN Security Council, Nepal is of the conviction that only with meaningful role of China, the acts and decisions of the UN achieves greater support from the world community. The responsible role being played by China to maintain international and regional peace and achieve a harmonious world will always be laudable for Nepal. Nepal had taken a leading role in sponsoring China’s admission to the United Nations and all other international agencies. In the UN human rights body sessions, Nepal has consistently voted in favor of China. China has deeply appreciated Nepal’s stand in this respect.

Bilateral Visits

7. Exchange of bilateral visits immensely contributed to further nurturing Nepal-China bilateral relations and promoting the understanding between the two countries. The following are some of the important exchange of visits, though there have been several other visits at different levels from various walks of life:

From Nepal:

Former Prime Minister Mr.Tanka Prasad Acharya in 1956

Former Prime Minister Mr. Bishweshwar Prasad Koirala in 1960

King Mahendra in 1961

Former Prime Minister Mr. Kirtinidhi Bista in 1972, 1978

King Birendra in 1973, 1982, 1987, 1993, 1996, 2001

Prime Minister Mr. Girija Prasad Koirala in 1992, 1993

Former Prime Minister Mr. Manmohan Adhikari 1995

Former Prime Minister Mr. Sher Bahadur Deuba in 1996

Former King Gyanendra in 2002, 2005

Prime Minister Mr. Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachand” in 2008 (Closing ceremony of the Olympics) and met President H.E. Mr. Xi Jinping in October 2016 in Goa, India on the sidelines of the BRICS and BIMSTEC Summit). Attended Boao Forum for Asia and had meeting with President H.E. Mr. Xi Jinping in March 2017.


Former Prime Minister Mr. Madhav Kumar Nepal in 2009

Former Prime Minister Mr. Sushil Koirala (Second China South Asia Exposition and 22nd China Kunming Import and Export Commodities) in 2014  and (met H.E. Mr. Xi Jinping in April 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia on the sidelines of the Commemorative Conference of the 60th Anniversary of the Afro Asian Summit)


Former President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav in 2010 (Closing ceremony of the Shanghai Expo)and    (Boao Forum for Asia) in  2015

Former Prime Minister Mr. K.P. Oli in 2016

Former Vice President Mr. Parmananda Jha (First China South Asia Exposition in Kunming) 2013 and   (Sixth Euro-Asia Economic Forum of the SCO at Xi'an, Shanxi Province)  2015

Rt. Hon'ble Vice President Mr. Nanda Bahadur Pun (4th China South Asia Exposition and 24th China Kunming Import and Export Commodities  in Yunnan Province) in  2016.  




From China:

Premier Mr. Zhou Enlai in 1957 and 1960

Mr. Deng Xiaoping in 1978 (in his capacity as Vice Premier)

Premier Mr. Zhou Ziyang in 1981

President Mr. Li Xiannian in 1984

Premier Mr. Li Peng in 1989

President Mr. Jiang Zemin in 1996

Premier Mr. Zhu Rongji in 2001

Premier Mr. Wen Jiabao in January 2012.   



Economic Cooperation and Assistance


The major on-going projects under Chinese assistance includes


a. Upper Trishuli 3A Hydropower Project – Power Station and Transmission Line Projects     (Concessional Loan)

b. Food/Material Assistance (Grant) in Northern 10 bordering Districts

c. Kathmandu Ring Road Improvement Project with Flyover Bridges – Grant.

d. Tatopani Frontier Inspection Station Project (Construction of ICDs at Zhangmu- Kodari)-Grant

e. Acquisition of Aircrafts under the Chinese Government Grant Assistance

f. Procurement of Aircrafts under the Chinese Government Concessional Loan

g. National Armed Police Force Academy Project-Grant

h. Pokhara International Regional Airport- Loan agreement to be signed soon.

i. West Seti Power Project- IB of Nepal is working on it.

j. Installation of Solar Energy in Singha Durbar

k. Recently sign agreement to upgrade kyorong border, earthquake reconstition, ask with ministry of finace the complete list before finalization


Some projects requested for future consideration under the Chinese assistance includes:

a. Upgrading of Arniko Highway (Dhulikhel-Barhabise-Kodari Section);

b. Construction of Dhankuta-Khandbari-Kimathanka Road;

c. Upgrading of Kathmandu Ring Road (2nd Phase);

d. Inclusion of 510 Tradable Items of Nepalese Products (in 6 Digit HS code with simplified rules of Origin) in the List of Duty Free & Quota Free (DFQF) Facilities Provided by China;

e. Detailed Project Report (DPR) Preparation of Rasuwagadhi- Kathmandu and Kathmandu-Pokahara-Lumbini Railway Project;

f. Construction of 132 KV Double Circuit Transmission Lines Monopole Structure around Kathmandu Ring Road with three GIS 132/11 KV Sub-stations;

g. Arun-Kimathanka Hydropower Project (434 MW);

h. Feasibility Study on Chilime (Rasuwagadhi-Keyrong) 400KV Cross-Border Transmission Lines between Nepal and China;

i. Construction of Storage Facilities for the Petroleum Products’ in three locations of Nepal

j. Expansion of Civil Service Hospital (500 beds and related facilities).

k. 10 Schools Project in North hilly region

l. China-Nepal Agriculture Technical Cooperation Project

m. Timure Frontier Inspection Station Project-thins is in contracted out for desing