KATHMANDU, Aug. 9 (Nepal Foreign Affairs)—China, on Monday, said that Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay an official to Nepal this year.
“This year President Xi will pay an official visit to Nepal. We hope this visit will further strengthen our bilateral ties,” Dr. Ji Zhiye, the President of China’s Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), said in Kathmandu on Monday evening at a program organised by China Study Centre.
The CICIR is a think tank under China’s State Council. Earlier media reports suggested that the Chinese President will visit Nepal in the mid-October.
Addressing the function, Dr Ji said that China wants to see good relationship between Nepal and India. “We encourage Nepal to have cordial ties with India,” he said.
Beijing wants to extend all support to Nepal as per Nepal’s wishes, he said. A five-member delegation of China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), a think tank under China’s State Council, led by its president Dr. Ji arrived in Kathmandu on Monday.
The delegation of CICIR, counterpart of China Study Center-Nepal (CSC-Nepal), is here on a four-day Nepal visit at the invitation of CSC-Nepal.
“The visit aims to have bilateral academic and policy level exchanges to deepen understanding for enhanced cooperation between the two countries,” read a press statement issued by the China Study Centre.
Other members of the delegation include Dr. Hu Shisheng, Director, Institute of South and South East Asian Studies, Mr. Han Liqun, Researcher, Institute of World Politics, Ms. Wang Haixia, Researcher, Institute of South and South East Asian Studies, and Ms. Zheng Shiyun, Coordinator, Department of International Academic Exchanges, CICIR.