India, Aug. 1 -- China's top leadership led by President Xi Jinping on Saturday hailed the continuous development of Sino-Nepal friendship, saying Beijing has always treated Kathmandu as an equal in the backdrop of New Delhi's disquiet about its smaller south Asian neighbour's increasingly snug ties with the middle kingdom.

Exchanging congratulatory messages with Nepalese counterpart Bidhya Devi Bhandari on the 65th year anniversary of establishing bilateral ties, Xi said China will work with Nepal to "push for continued advancement of the bilateral relationship".

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