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Prachanda to visit China on Sunday

Maoist chief Prachanda will be embarking on a week long visit to China tomorrow on a "friendly invitation", his second visit to the Communist nation within a month, even as the former guerrillas continued with their anti-government agitation in Nepal.

world Updated: Oct 10, 2009 22:55 IST

Maoist chief Prachanda will be embarking on a week long visit to China tomorrow on a "friendly invitation", his second visit to the Communist nation within a month, even as the former guerrillas continued with their anti-government agitation in Nepal.

This visit follows Prachanda's trip to Hong Kong last month, where he was reported to have secretly met Chinese officials, sparking speculation that he lobbied "for dismantling the present dispensation" in Nepal.

Prachanda is scheduled to leave for Beijing tomorrow, a close aide to Prachanda said. However, the agenda and other details of the visit is not yet known.

The former prime minister will be accompanied by his party's vice chairman Mohan Vaidya Kiran and another party leader Krishna Bahadur Mahara.

The delegation is expected to meet Chinese President Hu Jintao, who is also the general secretary of the Communist party of China and other Chinese officials, the Telegraph Nepal said.

Prachanda's first overseas visit as premier was to China in August 2008 during the closing ceremony of the Olympic games in Beijing.

This marked a break in Nepalese political tradition of India being the first foreign destination of prime ministers.

His second planned visit had to be cancelled after he resigned in May this year over the issue of sacking of the then Army Chief General Rukmangad Katawal.