‘PM’s China visit preparation: strange and immature’

Posted 2017/03/19

Dr Rajan Bhattarai, Reporters' Club Nepal

KATHMANDU, March 19: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal is scheduled to visit China to participate in the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference, which will take place in Hainan Province, China on March 23-26.

But with three days remaining, it is still unclear if PM Dahal’s will give formal visit to Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.

“We have no such information about how Prime Minister is preparing the schedule, whether he will visit Beijing before or after Boao Conference and what agendas he will carry to China,” said CPN-UML leader Dr Rajan Bhattarai speaking during an interaction program organized by the Reporters’ Club Nepal today.

“PM’s visit to China is only three days far, and the government is still uncertain about the essence of the visit rather than taking it as an opportunity to build an improved bilateral relation between Nepal and China,” he added, “It’s strange and immaturity of the government.”

He also accused the government to have breached the understanding made between Nepal and China- to have transit treaty and free trade area between Nepal and China- made during the tenure of CPN-UML Chair KP Sharma Oli as the Prime Minister of Nepal and added, “It has raised questions over the government’s foreign policy.”

He added, “This treaty was beneficial to Nepalese interest and people. But the ‘Prachanda’ government by breaching the understanding has made Nepal-China bilateral relation disputable.”

“PM Dahal should sign the protocol formally if he wants to make this formal visit to China meaningful and worthwhile,” he added.

He also highlighted the possibilities of enlarging the Nepali market to the Northern Nepal by increasing connectivity to China.