Updated: Jul 10, 2022 7:38 PM STI
Kathmandu [Nepal]July 10 (ANI): Liu Jianchao, head of the Chinese Communist Party’s International Liaison Department, arrived in Kathmandu for a four-day visit.
Liu, leading an eight-member delegation, landed at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu this morning. Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed him.
It is Liu’s first visit to Nepal since taking office in the first week of June, Pardafas, a Nepali news portal, reported.
During his four-day visit to Nepal, he is expected to hold talks with leaders such as President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, Foreign Minister Dr. Narayan Khadka, Chairman of CPN (UML) KP Sharma Oli and the president of the CPN (Maoist Centre). Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’.
Foreign Minister Liu will stay at the Dwarika Hotel. It is the second high-level visit from neighboring China since Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Nepal last March, Pardafas reported.
Before coming to Nepal, Liu Jianchao held a virtual meeting with senior leaders of the ruling Nepalese Congress and the Maoist Center and the main opposition party, CPN-UML.
According to the Kathmandu Post, the visit comes as the Himalayan nation heads towards federal and provincial elections and the country’s electoral commission has already proposed to hold the two elections in one phase on November 18.
In the Nepalese newspaper, the Chinese are still evaluating the possibility of unity among the communist forces. “A possible agenda for the visit could be to encourage an alliance before or after the poll between like-minded left-wing forces or only between the UML and the Maoist Center,” a leader from the Kathmandu Post told the Kathmandu Post. the UML who frequently interacted with Chinese leaders. .
This visit also follows the ratification by the Nepalese Parliament of the Millennium Challenge Corporation Nepal Compact of the United States despite the strong reservations of China.
More recently, another US State Partnership Program (SPP) in the area of security and the military has caused a flurry of debate in the country. China has expressed serious concerns about whether Nepal would be an ally of the United States in defense cooperation. The Chinese government even welcomed the decision after the Nepalese government decided not to be part of the SPP.
The report further states that the Chinese Communist Party also wants to expand its ties with the Nepalese Congress.
Besides building party-to-party ties between the CPC and Nepalese political parties and accelerating the China-led Belt and Road Initiative, the delegation will also seek to promote Chinese interests in Nepal. (ANI)