Kathmandu, Nepal, April 19, 2019: President Bidhya Devi Bhandari is scheduled to leave for northern neighbor China leading a Nepalese delegate to attend the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation on April 24.
Though the president Bhandari’s visit to China is yet to be revealed officially, reliable source at the Sital Niwas and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has revealed that she is scheduled to address the Belt and Road Forum on April 25.
President Bhandari is scheduled to leave for China at the invitation of her counterpart Xi Jinping. She is also scheduled to hold bilateral talks with her Chinese counterpart Xi during her stay in China. She is scheduled to back home on April 28.
It is expected that Chinese president Xi might visit Nepal shortly after Bhandari’s visit to Beijing. However, his visit to Nepal is also not confirmed officially.
Though Chinese president Xi’s visit to Nepal was highly hyped during his visit to some South Asian countries, he had not come to Nepal, thanks to the fragile political situation of Nepal.
With the singing in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of the framework agreement, the relation between the two neighboring countries is believed to have taken a new height. Nepal had signed on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the framework agreement on the Belt and Road Initiative in Kathmandu in May 2017.
Following the agreement, Nepal had taken part in the first Belt and Road Forum that was held in Beijing on 14-15 May, 2017.
Similarly, the Nepal government is preparing to sign on the protocol of the Nepal-China Transit Transport Agreement (TTA) during President Bhandari’s upcoming visit to China. However, no base is made yet to be assured that the TTA would sign during the President’s visit to China.
The much-hyped protocol of the agreement was signed in March 2016 during the first tenure of incumbent Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. But formal agreement on protocol is yet to be signed, thanks to the apathy shown from both the sides.