14 Jan '12, 8am

Chinese Premier Wen drops in on Nepal

Chinese Premier Wen drops in on Nepal

KATHMANDU: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived in Kathmandu on Saturday for talks marking the first visit to Nepal in a decade by a leader of the world's second-largest economy. The agenda for the visit has not been disclosed but analysts expect Wen and Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai to discuss investment from Beijing worth billions of dollars for wide-ranging infrastructure projects. "Baburam Bhattarai himself welcomed his Chinese counterpart at the international airport in Kathmandu. The visiting prime minister will be escorted to the premier's office, where the two will hold talks on bilateral political and economic issues," said Bishwadeep Pandey, Bhattarai's personal secretary. Finance Minister Barsha Man Pun said the leaders would sign agreements "on increasing Chinese assistance to Nepal" and discuss the impoverished Himalayan nation's fractious peace process. Wen ...

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