KATHMANDU, Oct 14: Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a state visit to Nepal on October 12 and 13 at the invitation of his Nepali counterpart Bidya Devi Bhandari. The visit has been taken as a watershed moment in the Nepal-China relations. During the visit, the top Chinese leadership assured to help Nepal to transform itself from a ‘landlocked’ to a ‘land-linked’ country by developing Trans-Himalayan Multi-Dimensional Connectivity Network.
More importantly, the two countries elevated "Nepal-China Comprehensive Partnership of Cooperation Featuring Ever-lasting Friendship" to "Strategic Partnership of Cooperation Featuring Ever-lasting Friendship for Development and Prosperity".
In this context, Santosh Ghimire of Republica Online spoke with Professor Chen Xiaochen, the director of International Studies, Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China, on various matters pertaining to Nepal-China ties in general and President Xi Jinping's state visit to Nepal in particular.