Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a welcome ceremony held by Nepal’s President Bidya Devi Bhandari. Photo: Xinhua

Xi Jinping promises to step up Chinese support for Nepal as two-day visit concludes

  • China’s president says Beijing will seek to boost economic cooperation and look into the construction of a cross-border rail link
  • Nepal has traditionally been closely aligned with India but visit comes as China seeks to expand its influence in South Asia
Topic |   Belt and Road Initiative

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Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a welcome ceremony held by Nepal’s President Bidya Devi Bhandari. Photo: Xinhua
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Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi are set to meet in the southern Indian city of Mamallapuram. Photo: AFP

Chinese President Xi Jinping seeks to highlight cooperation over conflict on visit to India and Nepal

  • Chinese leader will seek to present Beijing as regional leader by stressing importance of closer ties in meetings with South Asian leaders
  • While Xi wants to play down disputes, Nepal’s closer ties to China have already caused concern in New Delhi
Topic |   China-India relations

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Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi are set to meet in the southern Indian city of Mamallapuram. Photo: AFP
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