Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari has returned home after a nine-day state visit to China at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping,
Bhandari’s is a first ever state visit to the northern neighbour by a Nepali president. She led a Nepali delegation to the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation which kicked off in Beijing on April 25.
In her first visit to china , Bidya Devi had been welcomed by China’s President Xi Jinping on the premises of the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, on Monday, where a bilateral meeting was held between both the presidents. The bilateral meeting followed a signing ceremony on various agreements between the two countries.
In the presence of the two Heads of State, Nepal and China signed the protocol of Transit and Transport Agreement. Foreign Minister Pradip Gyawali and Chinese Transport Minister Li Xiaopeng signed the agreement on behalf of their respective governments.
Likewise, Foreign Minister Gyawali signed the letter of hand over of grant and aid for renovation and consolidation of the projects built with Chinese support in Nepal. On behalf of China, Commerce Minister Zhong Shan signed the letter.
Finance Secretary Lal Shanker Ghimire and Wang Xiaotao of the China International Development Cooperation Agency signed the meeting minutes on financial and technical support agreement and consolidating support to the livelihood sector in northern Nepal. Secretary Ghimire also signed along the Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqi mutual administrative support on matters related to customs.
A memorandum of understanding on exchange of cooperation was signed between Nepal Department of Standards and Metrology and Standardization Administration of China. Nepali Ambassador to China Lilamani Paudyal and Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqui signed the agreement on behalf of their respective countries. Ambassador Paudyal also signed together with Liu Yuzhu of Administration of National Cultural Heritage of China on an agreement to ban theft of cultural asset, secret exploration and illegal import and export.
Earlier, during the bilateral meeting, President Bhandari thanked President Xi for the welcome accorded to her and members of her entourage, while also extending an invitation to him for a visit to Nepal.
Lauding the statement by President Bhandari in the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, Chinese President Xi said he looked forward to giving a new height to the historical relations between the two countries.
Earlier, upon arrival at the Great Hall of the People premises, Chinese President Xi welcomed President Bhandari. On the occasion, President Bhandari received a gun salute and guard of honor from a contingent of the Chinese Army. This was preceded by playing of the national anthems of both the countries. At the invitation of her Chinese counterpart, President Bhandari arrived here on April 24 on a nine-day State visit of China.
Also present on the occasion were Foreign Minister Pradip Kumar Gyawali, Chief Minister of Province no. 3 Dormani Paudel, Nepali Ambassador to China Lilamani Paudyal and other members of the President’s entourage.
President Bhandari also visited Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) of China, on Tuesday. Party Secretary of the Communist Party of China Committee of TAR of the People’s Republic of China, Wu Yingjie called on the president. On the occasion, President Bhandari discussed a wide range of issues of mutual interest, in particular, relations with TAR.
President Bhandari was accompanied by Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Province 3 Chief Minister Dormani Poudel, MPs, high ranking government officials, Nepal’s Ambassador to China Leela Mani Paudyal, Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqi, representatives from private sector and mediapersons.
On conclusion of her visit, President Bhandari was seen off at the Lhasa Gongar Airport by Executive Vice-chair of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Jiang Jie on Wednesday morning. On her return National Assembly Chairman Ganesh Prasad Timilsina welcomes President Bidya Devi Bhandari upon her arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.