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Senior CPC official starts good-will visit to Nepal

(Xinhua)

16:58, August 16, 2011

KATHMANDU, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- Zhou Yongkang, a senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC), arrived here on Tuesday to kick off an official good-will visit to Nepal.

In a written statement released upon his arrival at the airport, Zhou spoke highly of the progress in China-Nepal relations in recent years, stressing that his visit aims at enhancing mutual trust, promoting friendship and expanding cooperation between the two neighbors.

Zhou said he looks forward to exchanging views with leaders of the Nepalese government and political parties on China-Nepal ties, inter-party relations and mutual concerns between the two sides to push forward the comprehensive partnership of cooperation between Beijing and Kathmandu.

Zhou, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and also secretary of the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs of the CPC Central Committee, is expected to meet with Nepalese President Ram Baran Yadav, government officials and leaders of Nepal's major political parties during his three-day stay here.

Nepal is the first leg of Zhou's five-nation Asian tours, which will also take him to Laos, Cambodia, Tajikistan and Mongolia.

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