Chinese Prime Minister arrives in Kathmandu - Nepalee.Com

Chinese Prime Minister arrives in Kathmandu

JAN 14, 2012 KATHMANDU – Much anticipated and once postponed visit of Chinese Prime Minister has arrived in Kathmandu amid tight security.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived here in the Capital on Saturday morning.

The Chinese Prime Minster landed at the Tribhuwan International Airport boarding special aircraft at 11.53 this morning.

Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, Constituent Assembly Chairman Subash Chandra Nembang, among other high officials, reached the TIA to welcome the Chinese Premier.

PM Wen Jiabao has been accompanied by Cabinet members including Ministers for Foreign Affairs, Commerce, and Public Security , Politiburo member Zhao Yongkang of the Communist Party of China, among others in the delegation.

He is scheduled to meet President Dr Ram Baran Yadan at the latter’s residence in Shital Niwas and other leaders in Singhadurbar.

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up across Kathmandu Valley since Friday afternoon, while police are keeping tight vigil around Tibetan inhabited areas like Bouddha, Syoyambhu and Ekantakuna, police said.

Wen’s trip is the first high-profile Chinese visit since the abolition of monarchy in 2008. Wen is also the highest ranking official to visit from Nepal’s immediate neighbours—India and China—since 2001.

Earlier, Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji visited Nepal in 2001 and President Jiang Zemin in 1996.

The visit of Chinese Prime minister this time has expected some key understanding between two countries in the new context of Nepal, some financial help and political agenda and interests of two nations. Nepal fully supports china’s one china policy and administering tough bar against Tibetan exile’s strike and marches in Nepal.

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