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'Tricking' Beijing will stall Kathmandu's development, Chinese media warns Nepal

Chinese media worried that Nepal Prime Minister Prachanda's recent visit to India could be signs that Kathmandu is valuing New Delhi more. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Beijing, China Sep 20, 2016, 10.13 PM (IST)
Chinese media on Tuesday warned Nepalese politicians of putting the nation's ties with China on the back burner. 

The Chinese government-run Global Times said the bilateral relationship between China and Nepal has suddenly turned fragile and sensitive. 

It added that “tricking” Beijing will stall Kathmandu’s development.

"Obviously, China feels tricked. When Kathmandu needed Beijing to relieve pressure from New Delhi, it got close to China and signed a series of crucial agreements with Beijing which would help Nepal get rid of its reliance on India. But once India's attitude toward Kathmandu relaxed a bit and the former made some promises to the latter, Nepalese politicians immediately put the nation's ties with China on the back burner," Global Times added.

The Chinese daily said that Kathmandu's diplomacy has been sandwiched between New Delhi and Beijing. But Nepal must not let itself turn into a pawn for either New Delhi or Beijing and maintain good relations with both.

"It might not be easy for Nepal to remain unbiased toward the two giant neighbours against such a backdrop. Keeping good relations with both China and India is Kathmandu's optimal choice," the editorial said.

Chinese media was worried that Nepal Prime Minister Prachanda's recent visit to India could be signs that Kathmandu is valuing New Delhi more. 

It has termed it as India's "narrow-minded geopolitical logic" and said that it will do favour to nobody. 

The postponement of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Nepal in October has only added to the tensions. 

During Nepal's previous K P Oli government, the India-Nepal relationship "deteriorated due to a series of issues including New Delhi's interference in Nepal's constitutional amendment and stricter border checks on Nepal's trucks," the daily said.

But after a year of strained relations, India and Nepal have renewed their bilateral ties with three pacts including an agreement to upgrade the road network in Nepal's Terai region.

(WION with inputs from agencies)
 
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