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Xi Jinping Attends the Welcome Banquet Hosted By President Bidhya Devi Bhandari

On the evening of October 12, 2019 local time, President Xi Jinping attended a grand welcome banquet hosted by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari of Nepal in Kathmandu. Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Cholendra Shumsher Rana, Chairman of National Assembly Ganesh Prasad Timilsina, all cabinet members, leaders of major political parties, many members of parliament, senior government officials, former political heavyweights, as well as representatives from all walks of life of Nepal attended the welcome banquet.

Bidhya Devi Bhandari delivered a speech, expressing warm welcome to President Xi Jinping on behalf of the Nepali government and people. Bidhya Devi Bhandari said, President Xi Jinping's visit comes at a time of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, and the Nepali people would like to extend the warmest congratulations and best wishes to the Chinese people. The foresight and sagacity of the Chinese leadership and the concerted efforts of the entire Chinese people have contributed to China's glory today. I am confident that China would continue to develop and achieve the two centenary goals. Geographical conditions make Nepal and China neighbors, and historical and cultural ties make us close friends. Nepal and China have always trusted and respected each other. Our unbreakable friendship is as deep as the sea and as high as the Mount Zhumulangma. It is believed that both Nepal and China will embrace a brighter future.

Xi Jinping said in the speech, this is my first time to visit the Glorious City of Kathmandu. I have met friends, old and new. It fills me with joy to see Nepal make progress on every front of development and the Nepali people live in harmony. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Nepal over half a century ago, the two countries have worked hand in hand and set an example of friendly exchanges between neighboring countries. President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and I decided together to establish China-Nepal strategic partnership of cooperation featuring ever-lasting friendship for development and prosperity in line with the spirit of mutual support and win-win cooperation. I am looking forward to closer political relations between the two countries, a more convenient connectivity network between the two countries, stronger popular support and richer multilateral cooperation. I am very glad that I have reached consensus with Nepali leaders on these expectations and have drawn up a new blueprint for China-Nepal relations. I always say, "implement the blueprint thoroughly". Let us join hands to write a new future for bilateral relations. I wish Nepal prosperity, the Nepali people happiness, and I wish our two countries and peoples everlasting friendship.

During the banquet, Nepali artists performed songs and dances with local characteristics, and played some popular Chinese songs such as Without the Communist Party, There Would Be No New China and My Motherland and Me.

Ding Xuexiang, Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi, He Lifeng and others were present.

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