First-ever Nepal-China interaction to focus on Xi's Thought and BRI

Published On: September 23, 2019 07:51 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Sept 23: A two-day high-level interaction between top leaders of Nepal Communist Party and Communist Party of China is starting from Monday. The interaction will focus on Chinese President Xi Jinping's thought on comprehensive enforcement of party discipline and joint bid for building the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). 

Leaders from CPC have already arrived in Kathmandu to attend the interaction that is being organized for the first time in history of the two communist parties. 

Nepal and China are organizing this kind of interaction at a time when President Xi is expected to visit Nepal next month. The visit will be the first visit of a Chinese president after 23 years. The bilateral relations between Nepal and China are deepening after India imposed an economic blockade on Nepal over some provisions of constitution in 2015. 

The two countries are coming even closer in terms of cementing bilateral relations in recent years mainly after the NCP, the party created after the merger of former rebel Maoists and the then CPN-UML, formed one of the strongest governments in Nepal's parliamentary history when it secured nearly a two-thirds majority in the parliamentary elections of 2017. 

Both the countries are in talks to connect Kathmandu with China by building Kathmandu-Keirung Railway. Xi's upcoming visit is expected to finalize railway connectivity and other development projects. 

The interaction, according to the program schedule circulated to party leaders, will focus on four key issues: building of moderately comfortable society, comprehensive enforcement of party discipline, comprehensive deepening of reform and joint bid for building BRI and community future of mankind. 

A group of selected leaders representing both the parties have been invited to attend the interaction that is scheduled to be inaugurated by NCP chief and Prime Minister KP Oli amid a function at a star-hotel in Kathmandu. Song Tao, head of the international department of the CPC, will deliver a key note speech at the function. 

Two different invitations cards—one for inaugural session and the next for special thematic session—have been distributed to the participants. 

Only NCP's secretariat members, standing committee members and selected central committee members have been invited to the closed-door session. 

At the interaction, Cao Li of CPC's Central Party School will present a paper on “Completing the Building of Moderately Comfortable Society”. CPC's central organization committee leader Xu Nan Peng will deliver speech on comprehensive enforcement of party discipline. 

Qin Gang of CPC's Central Party School will give orientation to party cadres on comprehensive deepening of reform whereas Shi Yu Long of National Development and Reform Commission will present his views on joint bid for building BRI and community future of mankind. 

“As many as 250 participants will attend the closed-door session although few more party cadres could attend the inaugural session,” said an NCP leader involved in arranging the interaction. 

The leaders said Chinese leaders will share Chinese President Xi's views on maintaining discipline in party rank and file and implementation of the BRI for benefits of both the countries. 

“They will share views of Chinese Communist Party's ideology, which of course, is the thought of Xi Jinping,” said the leader.

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