China’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Wang Yi arrived in Kathmandu on Sunday for a three day visit to Nepal. Yi, leading a Chinese delegation was welcomed at the Tribhuvan International Airport by Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi and State Minister for Health Dr. Surendra Kumar Yadav.
The Foreign Minister will hold hold delegation level bilateral talks with his Nepalese counterpart Pradeep Kumar Gyawali on Monday. They are expected to hold discussions on a wide range of bilateral topics. The visiting dignitary will also pay courtesy calls on President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister K.P.Sharma Oli.
Nepal’s Foreign Ministry will host a dinner in honour of the visiting dignitary – Wang Yi’s visit to Nepal is the first high level visit from China since the formation of a new government under the leadership of PM K.P. Sharma Oli in February 2018. The visit is also expected to pave way for an official visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping in October. While an official confirmation is awaited from the Foreign Ministry, Chinese President Jinping is expected to make an 8 hour stopover in mid-October, after attending the second India-China informal summit in Tamil Nadu, India.
Wang Yi is arriving from Pakistan where attended a Pakistan-Afghanistan-China trilateral meeting on Saturday. He is visiting Nepal at the invitation of Minister of Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali.