China steps in to save Oli government in Nepal
Beijing : Chinese ambassador Hou Yanqi held meeting with Nepal Communist Party leader Jhala Nath Khanal in her attempt to save KP Oli's government in Nepal which came under crisis soon after it passed a new map showcasing three Indian territory as its own.
Hou is trying to outreach all NCP leaders who have raised their voices against the move with demands of Oli's resignation.
A meeting between Hou and Prachanda hasn’t matured yet. Prachanda, who is leading the campaign to oust PM Oli, is reluctant to meet her, people familiar with the development told Hindustan Times. It is not clear how long he would be able to resist.
China's deep interest in internal politics of Nepal and PM Oli's continuation has been widely criticized in recent days.
The Chinese Embassy has defended Hou’s meetings. Embassy spokesperson Zhang Si told the Kathmandu Post that China did not wish to see the Nepal Communist Party in trouble and wanted the leaders to resolve their differences and stay united.
"The embassy keeps good relationships with Nepali leaders and is ready to exchange views on issues of common interest at any convenient time," said Zhang, according to a report in the Post.
There are reports which claim that Oli is also keeping up an option of splitting the party and continue to remain in power in coalition with Sher Bahadur Deuba-led Nepali Congress.