PM Oli to visit China on June 19

Kathmandu, 14 June : Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli will visit China on June 19. Prime Minister Oli will be leaving for China on June 19 on a six-day official visit at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

During the visit, Oli will hold delegation-level bilateral talks with his Chinese counterpart Li, and also meet senior Chinese leaders. He will also visit Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region of China, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Oli will also hold a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, said a high-level MoFA official. “The PM will hold meetings with three state leaders during the trip, including the president and the premier,” said the official, adding Oli will also meet Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank President Jin Liqun.

According to officials involved in preparations, the visit will mostly focus on the implementation of agreements signed during Oli’s previous visit to Beijing in 2016, including the landmark Agreement on Transit Transport, giving Nepal access to Chinese ports for its foreign trade.

The two countries will also sign agreements and memorandums of understanding during the visit.

The Cabinet has already approved the Chinese government’s proposal to build two bridges — one that connects Rasuwagadi and Kerung and the other at the Tatopani border point in Sindhupalchowk — with full Chinese financial and technical support.

Another MoU will be signed between National Energy Administration of China and Nepal’s Ministry of Energy on energy cooperation.

Another MoU is for preparing a Detailed Project Report for the proposed Kerung-Rasuwagadi-Galchhi cross-border electricity transmission line. “However, negotiations are on and draft exchanges are taking place,” said the MoFA official. Oli will return home on June 24.

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