KATHMANDU, July 10: The Foreign Department Chief of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Liu Jianchao, arrived in Kathmandu Sunday morning, leading an eight-member delegation.
Officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed him at the Tribhuvan International Airport. This is Liu's first visit to Nepal after his appointment as the Foreign Department Chief of the CPC.
He has arrived on a four-day visit. The Chinese official will call on President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Narayan Khadka, CPN (UML) Chair KP Sharma Oli, CPN (Maoist Center) Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal, among other leaders and hold discussions with them.
The CPC Foreign Department Chief will be staying at Dwarika’s Hotel. This is another high-level visit from neighboring country China after the visit of the Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in March.
Liu's visit has been seen as being significant for expanding the long-standing friendly relations between Nepal and China. He had held a virtual meeting with the top leadership of the ruling Nepali Congress and the Maoist Center, the main opposition party CPN-UML after his appointment to the Foreign Department of the CPC.