State Councilor and Defense Minister of the People’s Republic of China Wei Fenghe.
KATHMANDU, Nov 29: State Councilor and Defense Minister of the People’s Republic of China Wei Fenghe arrived in Kathmandu on Sunday morning on a one-day working visit to Nepal.
This is the highest level visit from the northern neighbor after Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a historic visit to Nepal in October last year.
The Chinese minister is scheduled to pay courtesy calls on the President Bidya Devi Bhandari and the Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is also holding a meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Purna Chandra Thapa this afternoon.
During the meeting, the two sides are expected hold talks on further enhancing military-to-military ties between the two countries. They are also likely to hold discussion on the military exercise between the Nepal Army and People's Liberation Army of China which is not taking place this year owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to sources.
The visiting Chinese minister will be receiving a guard of honor amid a ceremony being held at the Army headquarters this afternoon.
The high-level visit from China is taking place two days after Indian Foreign Secretary Harsha Vardhan Shringla paid a two-day visit to Nepal.
Wrapping up his visit, Fenghe is leaving Kathmandu for Pakistan later today.