Kathmandu, 21 November (IANS). China’s defense minister and state counselor Wei Feng is scheduled to visit Nepal on 29 November. Wei will arrive in Nepal two days after Indian Foreign Secretary Harshvardhan Shringla ends his visit to Nepal on 27 November.
However, according to several media reports in Kathmandu, the visit is yet to be announced by China and Nepal. General Wei’s one-day visit comes as India is sending its high-level officials to Kathmandu to discuss bilateral relations, which have been affected by the border dispute.
Wei is the first high-ranking Chinese official to visit Nepal after Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit in October last year. General Wei, a former rocket force commander in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China, is the first of the 4 members of the Central Military Commission headed by President Xi.
His visit is considered important at a time when the ruling Nepal Communist Party is battling inside the party itself. Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Hou Yankee has intensified his political meetings, as the ruling NCP is on the verge of breaking up.
In such a situation, his visit coincides with the efforts of Chinese Ambassador Hou Yankee to end the ruling NCP’s dispute and keep the party intact.
Foreign affairs experts speculate that northern neighbor China has long been involved in the micro-management of Nepal’s political affairs.
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