Was The Chinese Diplomat Hou Yanqi Partying With Rahul Gandhi, As Claimed?

Hou Yanqi was born in Qingxu County, Shanxi province, China in 1970, and is a Master of Art. She was appointed as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic Of China to Nepal in 2018. Before holding her current position, she served as First Secretary and Director of the Department of Asian Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2009-12), Director of the Department of External Security Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2012-13), Counselor of the Department of Asian Affairs of the Ministry Foreign Affairs (2013-15), Deputy Director-General of the Department of Asian Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2015-18).

She has also served as the consul of the Chinese Consulate-General in Los Angeles and in Pakistan, and has been noted for her use of Twitter to increase the soft power of China.

Why is she trending across the media?

Yesterday, BJP leader Amit Malviya shared a video of Congress leader and party’s former national president Rahul Gandhi partying in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. The video went viral in a matter of seconds after it was uploaded.

After the video went viral and the BJP started slamming Rahul Gandhi, the war of words started between the Congress and BJP.

India – Nepal relations and role of Hou Yanqi:

Earlier in 2020, the relationship between Nepal and India became sour due to the increasing political influence of China in Nepal. In June 2020, Nepal’s Parliament cleared a Constitution Amendment Bill that endorsed the country’s new map that includes territories with India named Limpiadhura, Lipulek, and Kalapani. Earlier, Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said those areas would be brought within Nepal’s map and possession.

This created a rift between the two countries and a few TV channels and Army veterans claimed that it is because of the China ambassador to Nepal Huo Yanqi. A few Indian TV news channels and Army veterans have claimed that the reason for the rift between the two countries is China’s ambassador to Nepal – Hou Yanqi.

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