By A Staff Reporter Kathmandu, Oct 12: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has received Chinese President Xi Jinping at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu on Saturday. President Bhandari received President Xi at 5: 12 pm at the TIA. Similarly, Vice-President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, deputy prime ministers and cabinet ministers have welcomed President Xi at the airport and his delegation. The Chinese president arrived wrapping up his two-day informal talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held in Chennai, the southern city of India. Xi have three formal programmes today. He will hold a bilateral meeting with President Bidya Devi Bhandari in the evening when the two heads of states will discuss issues of mutual interest. He will meet Chairman of Nepali Congress and leader of the main opposition Sher Bahadur Deuba, and will participate in dinner. President Xi will hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Sunday morning when signing of the bilateral agreements will take place. The visiting President will meet Chairman of the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’. He is scheduled to return to Beijing in the afternoon the same day. He is visiting Nepal at the friendly invitation of President Bidya Devi Bhandari. This visit of the Chinese President taking place after a gap of 23 years is seen with special importance.