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China officials in Nepal

world Updated: Sep 12, 2010 00:04 IST
Utpal Parashar
Utpal Parashar
Hindustan Times
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Amid controversy over Nepal Maoists allegedly seeking Chinese help to bribe lawmakers in the deadlocked prime ministerial poll, a high level Chinese delegation landed in Kathmandu on Saturday.

The 21-member delegation led by Chinese vice premier He Yong arrived for a five day goodwill visit on the invitation of Nepal’s three major political parties—Nepali Congress, UCPN (Maoists) and CPN-UML.

Yong, who is also Secretary at the secretariat of Communist Party of China's Central Committee, is the most senior Chinese leader to visit Nepal since premier Zhu Rongji's visit in 2001.

A foreign ministry official stated that the delegation would discuss the deadlocked prime ministerial election, delay in the peace process and drafting of a new constitution.

Soon after they landed, the delegation met Maoist top brass, including chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal.