PM Oli's China visit un­der In­dian shadow?

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Prime Min­is­ter K P Sharma Oli left for Bei­jing on an of­fi­cial visit to China on Tues­day lead­ing a 111mem­ber jumbo del­e­ga­tion. How­ever, his visit seemed to be in­flu­enced by In­dian shadow as he omit­ted a num­ber of agen­das he had floated dur­ing the elec­tions. Oli who had ad­vo­cat­ing for im­port­ing 30 per cent fuel from China dropped it, prob­a­bly due to his im­proved re­la­tions with In­dia in re­cent months. How­ever, rail­ways and in­creas­ing Chi­nese investment in Nepal would be his pri­or­ity. Be­fore fly­ing to Bei­jing on a spe­cial plane owned by Ang Ch­hir­ing Sherpa, the Prime Min­is­ter also ad­dressed the par­lia­ment on Mon­day. He told the par­lia­ment meet­ing that his sched­uled China visit would cen­tered on co­op­er­a­tion, co­or­di­na­tion and joint investment be­tween the two coun­tries, be­sides the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the past agree­ments. Prime Min­is­ter Oli also said that dur­ing his visit, the two coun­tries would dis­cuss on the pro­mo­tion of the bi­lat­eral in­ter­ests in the two for­mats, namely co­op­er­a­tion, co­or­di­na­tion and joint investment. He fur­ther said that he would stress on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the bi­lat­eral agree­ments reached dur­ing his pre­vi­ous China visit in March, 2016. Dur­ing his China visit in 2016, the agree­ments on the rail­ways be­tween the two coun­tries and trans­mis­sion line, among others, were signed. Stat­ing that he would also dis­cuss other is­sues like One Belt, One Road ini­tia­tive floated by China, Oli added that there were high chances to reach an un­der­stand­ing on re­sum­ing the Tatopani check­point that was ob­structed since the 2015 dev­as­tat­ing earth­quake. How­ever, Oli's main agenda would be to con­vince China to build rail­way line from Kerung to Kath­mandu in Chi­nese grant, which many ex­perts said was im­pos­si­ble.

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