Nepali Prime Minister Prachanda to visit China, strengthening bilateral relations

Nepali Prime Minister Prachanda

21st September 2023 – (Beijing) Nepali Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda has accepted an invitation from Chinese Premier Li Qiang and will embark on an official visit to China from 23rd to 30th September, according to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning.

During his visit, Prime Minister Prachanda will have the honour of attending the opening ceremony of the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province.

When asked about China’s perspective on its relations with Nepal during a regular press briefing, Mao highlighted Prime Minister Prachanda’s multiple visits to China, which have significantly contributed to the advancement of bilateral relations.

President Xi Jinping is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Prachanda during his visit, where the two leaders will engage in extensive discussions on strengthening the traditional friendship between their nations, expanding mutually beneficial cooperation, and addressing international and regional issues of shared interest.

Mao emphasized that China and Nepal are longstanding friendly neighbours and strategic partners, and their bilateral relations have maintained a solid and stable development since establishing diplomatic ties 68 years ago.

Both countries uphold mutual support and trust regarding matters concerning their core interests, serving as an exemplary model of equal treatment and win-win cooperation between nations of different sizes, she added.

Over the years, China and Nepal have conducted frequent high-level exchanges, fostering the growth of economic, trade, and cultural exchanges and cooperation. The two nations have also maintained close coordination and collaboration in international and regional affairs.

Seizing this visit as an opportunity, China expresses its willingness to deepen strategic mutual trust and expand practical cooperation with Nepal. The aim is to jointly construct the Belt and Road Initiative with high quality, thereby propelling the China-Nepal strategic cooperative partnership to new heights, Mao affirmed.

The upcoming visit of Prime Minister Prachanda signifies the commitment of both China and Nepal to further strengthen their bilateral ties and explore avenues for enhanced cooperation and mutual benefit.