Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ is scheduled to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping today in Hangzhou, China. This meeting is a part of PM Dahal’s broader Hangzhou-Tibet tour program and is attracting considerable attention from observers.
PM Dahal, who famously attended the closing ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, is set to participate in the opening ceremony of the Hangzhou Asian Games, where he will be joined by other world leaders such as Cambodia’s King Narodam Sinhanouk and Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.
During his visit to China, Prime Minister Dahal will engage in two separate meetings with President Xi, including a lunch reception in Hangzhou. While it’s not expected that this visit will result in significant long-term agreements, China has placed great importance on Dahal’s arrival.
The two leaders will hold a lunch meeting and later, in the evening, a bilateral meeting in Hangzhou. The outcome of these meetings is anticipated to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of Nepal-China relations. A key topic of discussion will likely be China’s proposed draft of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) implementation agreement with Nepal, which Nepal has yet to respond to. The decision Prime Minister Dahal makes regarding this agreement will have far-reaching implications.
Additionally, PM Dahal is scheduled to visit the headquarters of the Alibaba Group during his stay in China. He will also participate in the opening ceremony of the 19th Asian Games alongside President Xi and other international dignitaries.
Prime Minister Dahal is expected to return home on September 30, and his interactions with President Xi in Hangzhou will undoubtedly be closely watched by the international community.