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50-member China team to visit Nepal

August 17, 2011

A 50-member official delegation led by a senior leader of the Communist Party of China (CPC) will be visiting Nepal next week.

The delegation will discuss various issues including bilateral cooperation, investment and, most significantly, China’s concern over “activities detrimental to Chinese interest”, according to information conveyed to the Nepali side.

The delegation will be led by Zhou Yongkang who is the ninth ranked official in the all powerful standing committee of the CPC. Zhou, who heads the Central Political and Legislative Committee, was China’s security Minister between 2003 and 2007. He was also a member of the high-level committee to oversee Tibet affairs.

The Chinese ambassador Yang Houlan, while briefing Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha Prakash Saturday, is believed to have said that China’s security concerns are the top priority. During the three day visit, Zhou is scheduled to meet President Ram Baran Yadav and Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal. He is also likely to meet Maoist chief Prachanda and Nepali Congress chief Sushil Koirala.

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