China Upset With Nepal, Cancels President Xi Jinping's Planned Visit
An Indian media report suggests that China is upset with Nepal over a host of issues.
China has reportedly canceled President Xi Jinping's planned state visit to Nepal due to its disappointment with the Nepalese government. Beijing is apparently unhappy over Kathmandu's cold response to China's ambitious "One Belt One Road" initiative. President Xi was supposed to visit Nepal in October.
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"China is displeased with Nepal's apparent lack of preparedness and commitment to joining its One Belt, One Road project," Nepalese government sources told Indian Express newspaper. China's "One Belt One Road" project envisages the longest freight train route in the world. "Beijing is also upset with Nepal for not implementing the agreements and understandings reached between the two countries during former Nepal prime minister K P Oli's visit to Beijing in March," sources added.
China's decision to cancel Xi's visit to Nepal comes nearly two weeks after the country's newly elected Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal chose to make his first state visit to India instead of China. Nepalese Maoist party chief Dahal, who is popular known as 'Prachanda,' chose to make his first state visit to China instead of India during his first stint as premier in 2008.
Last month, the Nepal premier sent a special envoy to China as part of his government's efforts to improve bilateral ties with the largest Asian nation. Nepal's deputy premier and finance minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. He also invited Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit Nepal.