World Bulletin / News Desk
China will increase official aid to Nepal by more than five times from fiscal 2015-16, officials said on Friday, to develop infrastructure in the landlocked nation where regional rival India has long wielded political influence.
The jump in assistance was announced after talks between visiting Chinese Foreign MinisterWang Yi and his Nepali counterpart Mahendra Bahadur Pandey, part of a deepening engagement which is expected to lead to a visit by President Xi Jinping next year.
Both India and China have been courting the Himalayan nation as they worry about its slow transition from a constitutional monarchy to a republic and the end of a 10-year civil war in 2006 that has left deep divides.
China is concerned about the presence of Tibetans in Nepal, many of whom have crossed the treacherous Himalayas from their homeland. On Friday, Wang laid the foundations of a police academy to train officers of Nepal's Armed Police Force that guards districts bordering Tibet.
Traditionally, Tibetan exiles captured by Nepali police were handed to the United Nation's High Commissioner for Refugees for their onward journey to India where the Tibetans' spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, is based.
But China says the refugees are illegal migrants and has been pressing Nepal to crush their movement. The number of Tibetans entering Nepal from China has fallen from about 2,500 six years ago to just about 200 a year.
India has signed a deal to allow the import and export of electricity, a long pending demand ofNepal, and is expected to boost investment in Nepal's hydropower sector with a potential to generate up to 42,000 megawatts of electricity.Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Aralık 2014, 14:06