Saturday, December 29, 2018

New Chinese ambassador arrives in Kathmandu

New Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqi arrived in Kathmandu today to take up her new assignment.
Deputy Chief of Protocol at the Foreign Ministry Khadga Dahal received her at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) today afternoon. Hou is the 21st Chinese envoy to Nepal since the two countries established diplomatic relations back in 1955. She has replaced Yu Hong, who returned Beijing last month – after serving as the ambassador to Nepal for two years – being promoted to joint-secretary.
Before coming to Nepal, Hou was one of the four deputy director generals at the Department of Asian Affairs under the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The new ambassador has expertise over South Asian affairs. Having joined the Chinese Foreign Service in 1996, Hou is in her early 50s and has served in Pakistan and China’s Consulate General Office in Los Angles.
Hou arrived in Nepal at a time when the two neighbours have deepened their bilateral cooperation in the field of economy, politics, culture, tourism, connectivity and people-to-people contacts under the framework of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Earlier in November, the Chinese side had communicated to Foreign Ministry through diplomatic channel about its decision to nominate Hou as the new ambassador.
The new ambassador will start work after presenting the letters of credence to President Bidya Devi Bhandari.

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