Kathmandu, 4 November 2021 (TDI): China has sent 1.6 million doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines to Nepal. Chinese Ambassador to Nepal, Hou Yanqi handed over the vaccines to Minister for Health and Population of Nepal, Birodh Khatiwada.
Coronavirus, also known as COVId-19, is a highly contagious virus. The first known infections from COVID-19 were discovered in Wuhan, China, in 2019. Since 2019, 5 million people have died due to this virus.
Nepal-China relations have always remained friendly and cordial. Both China and Nepal have multi-faceted and historic bilateral relations. Both countries established their diplomatic relations on 1 August 1955. Since then, both countries have had a mutual understanding. Both countries respect each other’s integrity and cooperate on every matter of mutual interest.
Both states have several bilateral mechanisms, such as Nepal-China Joint Consultation Mechanism. The 12th meeting of the Joint Consultation Mechanism was held in Beijing in 2018. There are various other such bilateral mechanisms between both countries. Both countries are working together on the progress of their agreements, understandings, and commitments.
Economic Cooperation between both countries dates back to the formalization of diplomatic relations in 1955. The first economical agreement between both countries was signed in 1956. China has been providing economic assistance to Nepal through grants and loans. Nepal is also a member of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Nepal is working on various projects through China’s assistance. Both countries have a long history of friendly and cordial relations.