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Improved ties with India and China conducive to Nepal's prosperity: PM   



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    Kathmandu, Oct 15   Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said the relations with the neighbouring countries, India and China, have entered a new phase.    
He reiterated that Nepal would move ahead together with collaboration with these countries by improving the relations.    
Inaugurating the Second China and South Asia Literature Conference organized by Nepal Academy here today, Prime Minister Oli said enhancing the economic prosperity of the countries of South Asia through mutual collaboration by promoting the rich civilization, knowledge, research and culture was the present responsibility.    
He said that Asia was the mother of this rich culture, civilization, knowledge and research heritage.    
PM Oli said the Nepal visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping has been very successful and since President Xi had visited India before coming to Nepal, it had send a message as to the kind of new phase of relations the countries of Asia are developing. President Xi paid a state visit to Nepal on October 12 and 13 at the cordial invitation of President Bidya Devi Bhandari.    
PM Oli said: "India and China, the most populous countries in the world, are making their relations cordial by forgetting the old acrimonies. Nepal too wants to move ahead together with them. Asia now wants to move ahead on the path of mutual unity, human welfare and prosperity, and not on the path of hostility."    
Noting that the oriental civilization and culture is superb and enchanting, he urged all countries to preserve the good aspects of this culture and civilization.    
Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Kumar Bhattarai, the Ambassadors of Bangladesh and Pakistan to Nepal, culture expert Satya Mohan Joshi among the speakers wished for the success of the conference.    
Sixty writers and litterateurs including 20 from abroad and 40 from Nepal are participating in the conference. There is also the institutional representation from Nepal, China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.    
Sixteen working papers, including four from Nepal and 16 from the rest of the countries, will be presented and discussed during the conference.    
Nepal Academy Chancellor Ganga Prasad Uprety said the conference will help promote the Asian culture and values by ripping apart the negative impact of the Western culture.    
There is also programme of taking the conference delegates on a visit to barious c ultural and touristic places for publicizing the Visit Nepal Year 2020 on the occasion. They would be taken for sight-seeing in Chandragiri on October 17 and various touristic, historical, archaeological and cultural sites in Kathmandu and Pokhara on October 18, 19 and 20.    
Before this, the First Conference was held in Chengdu of Sichuan Province of China in 2017.