Nepal Foreign Affairs (KATHMANDU, 9 September 2019) – Chinese Foreign Minister, who arrived in Kathmandu on a three-day visit on Sunday evening, will be busy in high level meeting today.
This is the first visit by a senior Chinese official after the formation of Oli-led administration in February 2018.
State Minister for Health Surendra Kumar Chaudhary and Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi had welcomed the high-powered Chinese delegation led by Wang at Tribhuvan International Airport. Nepali Ambassador to China Leela Mani Paudyal and Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqi were among those present at the TIA to receive Wang.
Wang will call on President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli at the afternoon and evening today. The much awaiting issue of President Xi Jinping’s visit to Nepal will be also discussed during the high level meetings. Wang’s visit will pave way for the Chinese President Xi’s prospective visit to Nepal.
Wang and his Nepali counterpart Pradeep Kumar Gyawali will hold delegation-level bilateral talks on Monday, according to a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The two sides will also sign bilateral deals on development cooperation on the sidelines of the meeting between Gyawali and Wang. Gyawali will also host a dinner in honour of the visiting Chinese delegation.
During Wang’s visit, the two sides will discuss the possible bilateral agreements between the two countries under the framework of China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) during Chinese President Xi’s visit to Nepal, the source said.
Apart from official meetings, the Chinese foreign minister is scheduled to hold separate meetings with Nepal Communist Party Chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba on Tuesday.
Chinese President Xi is paying a five-day state visit to India beginning from October 11. President Xi is likely to make a stopover in Kathmandu on October 15 during his return to China after concluding his India visit.