Chinese defence minister Wei Fenghe is planned to visit Nepal on November 29. Wei will arrive in the Himalayan nation two days after Indian foreign secretary Harsha Vardan Shringla concludes his Nepal visit on November 27. To be noted, Indian army chief Gen MM Naravane has recently visited Nepal to help put bilateral ties back after a bitter border row.
China and Nepal have not made an official announcement about the visit, the reports from Kathmandu says General Wei will embark on the single-day visit at a time when India is sending its high-level officials to Kathmandu to mend bilateral ties that has hit bottom low due to a boundary dispute. Wei, the first high-ranking Chinese official to visit Nepal since Chinese President Xi Jinping’s trip last October. He is the former rocket force commander with the China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and is the first of four members of the Central Military Commission chaired by President Xi.
Wei visit is considered important, during a time when the ruling Nepal Communist Party is engaged in intra-party row. Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Hou Yanqi has strengthened her political meetings at a time when the ruling NCP is on the brink of a collapse. His visit coincides with the intra-party dispute in the ruling NCP and the efforts of the Chinese Ambassador Hou Yanqi to keep the party intact, continuing the rule. There have been instances of Ambassador Yanqi’s hectic meetings with top NCP leaders as the intra-party row takes a new height.