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August 27, 1979

Late King Birendra,





REPLAY SPEECH FROM HIS MAJESTY KING BITENDRA

BIR BIKRAM SHAH DEV AT A VANQUET

HOSTED IN HIS GRACIOUS HONOUR BY

MR. HUA GROFENG, CHAIRMAN OF

THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CHINA

COUNCIL OF THE PEOPLE'S

REPUBLIC OF CHAINA.


Mr. Chairman, Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen:


Your Excellency, I cannot but express my deep appreciation

to you for the kind and friendly remarks you have so generously made about us and about Nepal. I recall with satisfaction the exchange of views, in a friendly and co-operative spirit, that I had the occasion to make in Beijing last year.

I have a feeling, Mr. Premier, that since we met and exchanged views last year, fundamental global developments have been on the whole positive. In this part of the world the development of relations between China and a Japan on the basis of a new treaty and the normalization of Sino-American relations are important steps, in our opinion, towards co-existence, co-operation and peace. Creatively used, they can make for world stability, peace and progress. We hope, again, that the fruitful outcome of the strategic talks between the United States and the Soviet Union will ultimately led to real, nondiscriminatory nuclear disbarment and even to general and comprehensive disbarment.



Either here in China, too, some important talks are on or scheduled for the near future which have a bearing on relaxation of tension. We welcome and have consistently welcomed any serious and sincere progress made in this direction.



In addition, the Third world movement of non-alignment has acquired, during the year, a new relevance of its own by the growing interest of important third world countries for full participation. In the Middle East, constructive bold efforts of statesmen and spontaneous popular movements have together created a new, more hopeful situation. In Africa, racialism is clearly on the decline and there is a perceptible, though tortuous shift towards the solution of African problems including Namibia and Zimbabwe by Africans themselves. Above all, the surge of the human spirit for freedom, justice and people's well-being has found eloquent expression as mush in Latin America as elsewhere in Asia and Africa , These constitute in our view, Your Excellency, encouraging developments on the world scene.



But underneath these positive global developments there have been, we are distressed to note, quite a few negative ones. First we are particularly disturbed as a small country that smaller countries have been subjected to armed invasion by bigger countries, riding rough-shod on their cherished independence and sovereignty and leading to widespread and distressful dislocation of the people affected. Such action, in our opinion, is against the Charter of the United Nations and against the principles of Non- alignment. Secondly, the Non-aligned Movement itself, with its current pulls and counterpulls, is under a severe strain, More over, most of the Arab lands occupied by Israel since nineteen sixty-seven still remain occupied and the people of Palestine have yet to find a home in recognition of their legitimate rights. There are still distressing remnants of colonialism and racialism in Africa. Last but not least, more equitable economic order, inspite of intensive and extensive North-South exchanges of the year, seems as distant as ever.



Nepal's foreign policy is founded her desire to safeguard her independence and sovereignty and the related fervent quest for peace. Our commitment to the institutionalization of peace in Nepal and our appreciation of your support for this objective is as strong as ever. In our reaction to the world development indicated above we have striven to look forward rather than backward.



In a few months our people, in accordance with our proclamation will be making a choice of the political system, which they want to foster and develop. But whatever the outcome of the forthcoming national referendum and I have no doubt that our people will make the best choice, I feel confident that the basic structure of our foreign policy will not be affected and that within our geopolitical and sociocultural realities we will continue our policy of friend ship with our neighbors and indeed with all humanity. As a sovereign and independent member of the international community, it will be our sacred duty to be vigilant that our friendship with one country need not be at the expense of our friendship with another.



I am happy to say that our relations with China have continued to flourish on the basis of mutual understanding and mutual co-operation. These relations based on the five principles of peaceful co-existence have been developed through national desire and consolidated through the test of time. They are characterized by large economic co-operation, which we highly appreciate. We believe that such friendship as we have defined is mutually beneficial, is harmonious with the best interest of the region and serves, in however small a way, the cause of world peace. With these words, may I propose a toast

▬ to the health and well-being of His Excellency Hua Guofen, Chairman of the Communist Party of China of China.

▬ to the prosperity of the Chinese People, and

▬ to the ever-growing friendship between Nepal and China.


Thank you .



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