Xi becomes 1st Chinese president in 2 decades to visit Nepal

Xi becomes 1st Chinese president in 2 decades to visit Nepal
Nepalese workers work to hang portraits of Chinese president Xi Jinping in Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. Officials from both China and Nepal have confirmed that Xi will be arriving in Kathmandu on Saturday. It will the first visit of a Chinese president in 23 years since Jiang Zemin visited in 1996. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Xi Jinping has become the first Chinese president in more than two decades to visit Nepal, where he’s expected to sign agreements on major infrastructure projects.

Xi arrived Saturday from New Delhi, where he met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He was received by Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli at the Kathmandu airport.

Narayan Kaji Shreshta, a spokesman for the ruling Nepal Communist Party, said trans-Himalayan connectivity and an extradition treaty will be high on the agenda during official talks on Sunday.

He said the countries are expected to sign a project report on constructing a rail link between Kathmandu and Keirung in Tibet.

Police have arrested 22 people, including some Tibetan refugees, since Friday to prevent any protests during Xi’s visit.