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"India shouldn't be suspicious"



KIRAN PANDAY
Why are the Maoists so happy about Prachanda's visit to China?

We met important officials from the politburo and Chinese Communist Party's central committee, all of whom were impressed by and respected our achievements in Nepal.

But, while China's happy, India isn't!
These are rumours spread by the media. There is no reason why India should be unhappy or suspicious. In fact, we discovered during our visit that China is eager to smoothen relations with India. Every official we met told us, "China, Nepal and India should join together to work on issues of mutual interest."

What did Chinese Premier Hu Jintao say?
We met him in Xinjiang, which borders Sangdong, on October 13. There was a big sports event that day, and my father and Comrade Kiran were seated alongside Hu Jintao at the very front. Mahara sir and I were a couple of rows behind them. The official business began once the event concluded, and Hu Jintao said, "China will continue supporting peace and the constitution-writing process in Nepal".

Fortunately, I could hear everything that was said in the front row, and learned that Jintao knew exactly which Chinese leaders we had spoken to before him and what we had said. When we spoke with him, he said he said he was happy we had met these people.

Was anything said about Mao himself?
Chinese officials said they were happy and proud that we drew inspiration from Mao. I've noticed that in the three years since my first official visit to China in 2006 that the Chinese themselves have become more interested in Mao.

What else did you talk about?
After spending two nights in Beijing we went to Tiangjing on the fastest train in the world. There, we were welcomed by high-ranking party official Chang Gaoli, who visited Nepal just two months ago. It was he who sent us the invitation to come to China.

We then visited the biggest dock in the region, and discussed with our Chinese counterparts how Nepal could achieve China's pace of economic growth. We also visited a museum on the site of Mao's birthplace in Hunan where we saw Mao and his brothers' beds and other artifacts they had once used. My father became emotional seeing all this. Forty to fifty thousand people visit the museum every year.



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