Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday reached in Kathmandu for a three-day visit to Nepal. The visit is supposed to facilitate the implementation of several projects that Nepal and China have accepted earlier and also lay the area for the much-anticipated visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Nepal.
Wang is programmed to carry delegation-level discussions with his Nepali counterpart Pradeep Gyawali Monday afternoon. Sources stated the delegation-level talks will mainly focus on facilitating the implementation of several nine projects recognized by Nepal for implementation below the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
The delegation discussions are assumed to enter an agreement on mandate and work method of some of the projects below consideration under the BRI structure. The projects that Nepal is contemplating to perform under the BRI framework incorporate Kathmandu-Kerung rail (feasibility study), the 762MW- Tamor Hydroelectricity Project, up-gradation of Rasuwagadhi-Kathmandu road, Tokha-Bidur road and Phukut Karnali Hydroelectricity Project. Construction of Kimathanka-Hile road, the road linking Dipayal to the border of China and the 400KV-Galchhi-Rasuwagadhi-Kerung transmission series are also with the projects under deliberation.
Earlier, the two nations had accepted to achieve Nepal-China Trans-Himalayan Multi-Dimensional Connectivity Network including Nepal-China cross-border railway. These projects were also included in the joint communique published following the conclusion of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation operated in Beijing in April.
Following the delegation-level discussions between the two ministers, Wang is listed to meet Prime Minister KP Oli at his residence in Baluwatar and President Bidya Devi Bhandari at Shital Niwas.