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China mediates Nepal ruling party split and sidelines India

Beijing calls on Himalayan nation's leaders to honor their election pledges

Nepal's Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at a signing ceremony in Beijing's Great Hall of the People in June 2018.   © Reuters

KATHMANDU -- Hou Yanqi, China's ambassador in Kathmandu, has spent the last three months playing peacemaker to feuding members of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP).

The ambassador's marathon series of meetings included a courtesy call on President Bidhya Devi Bhandari in early July that followed talks with Madhav Kumar Nepal, Jhala Nath Khanal and Pushpa Kamal Dahal -- all of whom are senior NCP leaders and former prime ministers.

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