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Nepal’s PM will visit China on June 19

June 14, 2018 00:00:00

Nepal Prime Minister KP Oli will pay a five-day official visit to China from June 19, his second trip to a foreign country after India since taking power in the Himalayan nation.

Oli, who is considered pro-Beijing, has been invited by Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, according to a report published on the Business Standard.

He will hold talks with him and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

This is Oli's second China visit after 2016.

Several agreements and MoUs on connectivity, bringing Chinese rail tracks up to Kathmandu from China border, cross border transmission line, energy, tourism, opening more border points with China using the Tibetan highway will be signed.

"China and Nepal are comprehensive and cooperative partners and enjoy the friendship of generations. Their ties have been accelerating with a sound momentum," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said in Beijing on Wednesday.

He will also visit Lhasa, the capital of Tibet where he will meet the provincial leaders.

Geng said, "The two countries have been supporting each other on issues of core interests. Our mutually beneficial cooperation has been accelerating on all fronts."

"As a first visit by Oli after Nepal finished its political transformation, it will offer important opportunities to two sides to make plans for further development of bilateral ties," he said.

"China looks forward to deepening its political cooperation with Nepal under the Belt and Road initiative and deepening cooperation in political, economic and building infrastructure in the aftermath of the earthquake," he added.

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