High-level Chinese delegation to visit Nepal ahead of major polls

The team is led by the head of the CCP’s International Liaison Department, Liu Jianchao.

Kathmandu:

A seven-member Chinese delegation arrives in Kathmandu on Sunday, raising speculation about the purpose of the visit, which is taking place amid talks on a possible electoral alliance between Nepal’s communist parties.

The high delegation’s visit comes as the Himalayan nation heads towards federal and provincial elections and the country’s electoral commission has already proposed to hold the two elections in one phase on November 18, The Kathmandu Post newspaper reported.

The team is led by the new head of the Chinese Communist Party’s International Liaison Department, Liu Jianchao, the report added.

Notably, last month, Liu interacted with Maoist Pushpa Center Chairman Kamal Dahal and UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli, continuing the trend of his predecessor. He also met with Foreign Minister Narayan Khadka.

According to the Post, the Chinese delegation will meet President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, Foreign Minister Khadka, Oli, Dahal and other leaders and assess the possibility of uniting communist forces in Nepal.

According to the Nepalese newspaper, the Chinese are still evaluating the possibility of unity among the communist forces. “A possible agenda for the visit could be to encourage an alliance before or after the poll between like-minded left-wing forces or only between the UML and the Maoist Center,” a leader from the Kathmandu Post told the Kathmandu Post. the UML who frequently interacted with Chinese leaders. .

This visit also follows the ratification by the Nepalese Parliament of the Millennium Challenge Corporation Nepal Compact of the United States despite the strong reservations of China.

More recently, another US State Partnership Program (SPP) in the area of ​​security and the military has caused a flurry of debate in the country. China has expressed serious concerns about whether Nepal would be an ally of the United States in defense cooperation. The Chinese government even welcomed the decision after the Nepalese government decided not to be part of the SPP.

The report further states that the Chinese Communist Party also wants to expand its ties with the Nepalese Congress.

Besides building party-to-party ties between the CPC and Nepalese political parties and accelerating the China-led Belt and Road Initiative, the delegation will also seek to promote Chinese interests in Nepal.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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