Just before the general elections in Nepal, China’s third-highest leader, Li Zhanshu, has reached Kathmandu. The Nepalese authorities have kept quiet about the visit of the Chinese leader. China is in tension due to the increasing influence of America and India in Nepal and it is believed that this is the reason why Li Jhanshu has reached Kathmandu just before the general elections. Earlier in March, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi had reached Nepal. According to reports, China is trying to bring about a reconciliation between KP Oli and Prachanda, both the factions of the Communist Party of Nepal, so that the government can be re-formed in Kathmandu as per their wish.
According to the Indian Express report, Nepal’s Foreign Ministry sources said that the Chinese leader will meet Nepal’s President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba. Apart from this, Li Zhanshu will meet the heads of various Left parties of Nepal, including pro-China former Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and his arch rival Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda. Sources also said that the visit of the Chinese leader came at the invitation of the Speaker of Nepal’s Parliament House of Representatives Agni Prasad Sapkota.
Trying to bring Oli and Prachanda together
A huge 100-member team has also come to Nepal along with Chinese leader Li. Lee is on a four-nation tour and Nepal is his last stop. General elections in Nepal are now just 9 weeks away. According to the report, through this visit, China is trying to predict the results of the elections. China had put all its might in bringing Oli and Prachanda together in the last election and it was successful too. However, in the latest election, both these leaders have become staunch opponents of each other.
Many analysts of Nepal believe that these trips are being made by China to compete with America. China is afraid that America is playing a big game in Nepal. That too when Nepal has approved the US $ 500 million MCC agreement after long protests. Not only this, Nepal has also opposed Russia’s attack on Ukraine which does not match with Dragon’s stand. Due to this, China is in tension. Apart from this, America is constantly trying to make a military agreement with Nepal. Apart from this, there is concern in Nepal that China has closed two check posts Tatopani and Kerung.