Leader of the Chinese Communist Party Liu contacts Deuba
Kathmandu: Liu Jianchao, the head of the Communist Party of China’s Foreign Department, called on Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba after arriving in Kathmandu on Sunday for a three-day visit.
“Today, Prime Minister Deuba received a courtesy call from Liu Jianchao, Minister of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. During the call, Nepal and China discussed issues of common interest, according to a statement from the foreign ministry.
According to the ministry, Liu also met with Narayan Khadka, the foreign affairs minister, at the foreign ministry. “The two ministers discussed opinions on how to further develop their bilateral ties with China and Nepal.”
Liu headed an eight-person team when it landed in Kathmandu, and he has meetings planned with a number of dignitaries, including the president of the country, Bidya Devi Bhandari, and leaders of communist groups, particularly the CPN-UML, the CPN (Maoist Centre), and the CPN (Unified Socialist).
Dahal, the head of the Maoist Centre, will organize a dinner for the delegation at the Hotel Soaltee after he and the delegation meet at Khumaltar at 4 p.m. on Monday. Liu will meet with Oli, Madhav Nepal, Jhala Nath Khanal, and other CPN (Unified Socialist) leaders on Tuesday before calling President Bhandari on Wednesday.
Liu had interactions with Dahal, chair of the Maoist Centre, and Oli, leader of the UML, in the final week of June, continuing the pattern set by Song Tao, who had succeeded him as head of the Communist Party of China’s International Liaison Department.
Liu’s visit comes as negotiations to reunite the communist parties UML and CPN (Maoist Centre) for the 2019 federal and provincial elections are ongoing.