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Chinese official behind communist unity making desperate efforts to prevent Oli-Prachanda split

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Guo Yezhou Vice-minister in the International Department of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) who met Nepal’s President and the PM on Sunday and the premier’s rivals Prachanda and Madhav Nepal on Monday to prevent split in Nepal Communist Party has lot at stake as he was personally responsible for bringing Prachanda and Oli under one umbrella to form Nepal Communist Party (NCP) three years back.

Guo led delegation that was dashed to Nepal by the CCP on Sunday wasted no time and got down to business in a blatant fashion as soon as it arrived in Kathmandu. The four-member delegation led by Guo held talks with President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Sunday evening as part of efforts to keep Nepal Communist Party (NCP) intact to safeguard Beijing’s interests. ET has learnt that Guo did not receive any positive signal yet from Oli.

Contemporary politics, especially that has arisen in Nepal after Oli’s move of dissolving the House, the possibility of bringing the two factions of the NCP together and Nepal-China cooperation figured during the talk between Prachanda and Guo on Monday, sources close to the former Maoist leader indicated to ET. Later Guo also met Madhav Nepal who has been backing Prachanda against Oli.

Months before Oli and Dahal announced the formation of the Nepal Communist Party, Guo was in Kathmandu holding a series of meetings with Nepali communist leaders and therefore is believed to have inroads in all factions of NCP. NCP that was formed three years back by a marriage between CPN-UML and Maoists has been a staunch ideological ally of CCP in South Asia. Guo’s team is in Kathmandu to assess the situation in Nepal that has arisen after Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli dissolved the House of Representatives on December 20 and called for fresh elections. CCP yet to adapt to complexities in South Asian politics was taken by complete surprise following the sudden turn of events in Nepal’s politics.

CCP is worried over the impact of political instability on Nepal-China ties following instability in Nepal’s politics. Since Oli has declared snap polls for April 30 and May 10 after dissolving the House, the Chinese delegation is also enquiring if elections are possible, sources said.

Guo has been a CPC member since 1993. He was posted in the Chinese Embassy in Germany from March 1991 to August 1993 and again from January 1996 to February 1998. Later he has also served as envoy in Bulgaria before being appointed Vice-Minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee in 2014.

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