Kathmandu: Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Kathmandu on a two-day official visit. He has landed on a special plane. He was received by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari at Tribhuvan International Airport. Vice President Nand Bahadur Pun, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, all members of the Council of Ministers are at the airport for the reception. 23 years ago, President Jiang Zemin was also welcomed by the then King Birendra, a high official including Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba. The President will leave Hotel Soaltee from the airport early. From there he will arrive at Sheetal Niwas for an interview with Nepali counterpart Bhandari at 6:30 pm. After the return to Hotel Soaltee, the main opposition Congress President and former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba will meet with President Xi. Then President Xi will attend the dinner. Chinese President Xi Welcome.
At the dinner, there is a brief address addressed by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and Xi Jingping . The delegation-level talks between Nepal and China are scheduled for Sunday morning. Before the talks, CPN chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda has a program of courtesy talks with President Xi. The delegation-level talks have been decided by the Nepali side to be led by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. The Deputy Prime Minister from Nepal, the Home Minister, the Foreign Minister, along with the senior most ministers and secretaries of various ministries and high officials will be included. Foreign Minister Wang Yi along with the President from China, Chinese Communist Party Politburo member and close aide to President Xi, Ding Suisiang, Chinese Communist Party’s Politburo member and Party Foreign Affairs Commission Director, former Foreign Minister Yang Ziichi, Chinese Communist Party of Tibet, Tsinghua autonomous region of China. National Development and Reform Senior officials including Yoga’s Minster Incharge He Lifeng will participate in the formal talks. Of these, Tibet Party Secretary Yu arrived in Kathmandu on Thursday. This is the first state visit to the President’s level since the visit of the then President Jiang Zemin on 4-5 December 1996. Xi is the third Chinese President to visit Nepal. Chinese President Xi Welcome.
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