KP Oli's Beijing shopping list
By the time our esteemed readers take a look at the contents of this vernacular weekly, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli would be holding intensive discussion with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang on the entire gamut of Nepal-China relations. A long list of agenda that had been prepared in Kathmadu are supposedly believed to put forth with the Chinese top brasses. The delegation level talks led by two premiers would be focused on implementation of bilateral agreements signed between the two countries during Prime Minister Oli's China visit during his first premiership. It is anticipated that Chinese assistance on development projects in Nepal is almost confirmed to materialize the journey of prosperity. In addition to holding parleys at the official level, Prime Minister Oli will hold political consultation with high-ranking political leadership including President Xi Jinping which is believed to deepen and consolidate age-old bond of friendship that would take the friendly-relations between Nepal and China to a new height. Different MoUs regarding opening eight border points for supply of food in Tibet, an autonomous region of China, construction of Kerung-Kathmandu railway, establishment of mechanism between Nepal and China and construction of ‘Nepal-China Friendly Bridge' at Tatopani of Sindhupalchowk would be signed. Likewise, Memoranda of Understandings would be signed on cooperation between finance ministries of Nepal and China, energy cooperation and crossborder transmission line construction, agricultural partnership and construction of disaster management and rescue centre in all seven provinces of Nepal. Agreements would be struck on 16 billion Yuan Chinese government promised in assistance for the postquake reconstructions following the earthquake of April, 2015, other national welfare projects like 1,000 megawatts Manang-Marsyangdi Hydropower, the use of dry port and the laying of optical fiber for smooth supply of information and communications. The discussions would be centred on opening Uripasa of Bajhang, Rasuwagadhi of Rasuwa, Tinker of Darchula, Tiplapasa of Taplejung and Hilsa of Humla border points aimed at easing the bilateral trades. It would be relevant to recall President Xi's articulation that he made during KP Oli's Beijing sojourn in 2016 relating to Nepal's strategic location. He had said, Nepal can be a bridge between China and India, and asserted that it was in the common interest of the "two big neighbours" that Nepal enjoys stability and development.