Chinese Foreign Minister & State Councillor Wang Yi is arriving in Kathmandu on Sunday, for 2-day visit as part of preparation for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s yet to be confirmed sojourn to Nepal, government sources said.
Wang Yi will be arriving in Kathmandu from Pakistan where he is scheduled to attend Pakistan-Afghanistan-China trilateral meeting on Saturday.He is visiting Nepal at the invitation of Minister of Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali.
During his stay in Nepal, Yi is scheduled to hold bilateral meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali & pay courtesy call on President Bidhya Devi Bhandari & Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has yet to officially confirm Yi’s Nepal visit, his schedule & agenda for the bilateral meeting.
Government sources said the talks would mainly focus on implementation of past agreements, including projects under the Chinese-led Belt & Road Initiative.
Basically, the visit is taking place in the run-up to Presidnet Jinping’s planned visit to Nepal, said a source.
President Jinping’s is likely to visit Nepal in mid-October on his way back home from his visit to India.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be hosting President Jinping in Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, on October 11 to 13, for the 2nd India-China informal summit between the 2 leaders, according to Indian news portal The Hindu.
The first informal summit between the leaders was held in Wuhan, China, on April 27 to 28 last year.
As the government intensifies preparations to welcome President Jinping, all 3 security agencies including the Nepal Police, Armed Police Force & Nepali Army have boosted coordination to ensure high-level security for the VVIP guest, according to a security official.