BRI projects to figure high during Nepal PM Oli’s China visit

BEIJING, Jun 12: Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli will pay a five-day visit to China next week, his first after re-election, during which a host of projects under the Belt and Road Initiative as well as Beijing’s plans for an India-Nepal-China economic corridor are expected to be discussed.
Oli will be in China from June 19-24, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a media briefing here.
China and Nepal are comprehensive cooperative partners, enjoying generation-to-generation friendship and development of bilateral ties has been taking place with sound momentum, he said.
Oli will hold talks with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang during his visit, Geng said. China looks forward to deepening practical cooperation with Nepal under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and deepening political and economic cooperation as well as in infrastructure, post-disaster rebuilding, and in cultural fields and to further elevate bilateral ties, he said. Oli, during his earlier brief tenure as premier in 2016, had widened China-Nepal ties by signing the transit trade treaty with China to reduce the dependence of his landlocked country on India at the height of the Madhesi agitation and had sought expansion of road links through Tibet besides extension of China’s railway network to Nepal through the Himalayas. (Agencies)