Four months after taking over as the Prime Minister of Nepal, KP Sharma Oil is already in news for snubbing India. The KP Oli government has announced the prime minister is all set to embark on his maiden China visit in January 2016.
The usual practice followed by a premier is to visit India first, but this time it will be different.
"PM Oli will visit China in the beginning of the New Year 2016 during which many agreements will be signed," Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa said, Press Trust of India reported.
A formal agreement to import oil from China will reportedly be signed when KP Oli visits the country next month. China, on the other hand, has agreed to provide Nepal around one million litres of fuel worth 10 million yuan to meet the emergency needs, according to Press Trust of India.
Meanwhile, the move of Nepali Prime Minister visiting China before India has been considered as a snub by some. Nepal is already facing a political turmoil over the Madhesi blockade crisis.
The Madhesi leaders have been agitating over discriminatory nature of their constitution since August. They demand demarcation of the provinces, fixing of electoral constituencies on the basis of population and proportional representation, Press Trust of India reported.
Nepal has already signed a deal with Petro China to import all kinds of fuel from the northern country. According to reports, Indian Oil Corporation had long-held monopoly on the Nepalese market. KP Oli's China visit will help strengthen bilateral ties between Nepal and China, but might weaken ties with India.