After India’s snub, Nepal to get 1.4 million litres fuel from China

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China will provide 1.4 million litres of fuel worth 10 million yuan to crippled Nepal as a grant, Nepal Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kamal Thapa announced in Kathmandu on Tuesday.

In October, China had provided 1.3 million litres of petrol to Nepal to cope with the severe fuel crisis that followed India’s decision to block the Nepal-India border in the wake of the Madhesi agitation against the new Nepal Constitution.

Nepal Oil Corporation transported the fuel provided by China from Kerung in Tibet to Kathmandu.

A commercial deal in the pipeline to import fuel from China will end the over five-decade-old Indian monopoly in supplying petroleum products to landlocked Nepal.

Nepal started cosying up to China for importing fuel, trade diversification and transit facilities after supplies from India were reduced to a trickle following the blockade along key Nepal-India entry points resulting in crippling shortage of essentials.

Kathmandu signed its first ever fuel agreement with Beijing on October 28 to import petroleum products to ease the shortages.

Thapa informed the media about the agreement to import fuel from China upon his return from a weeklong visit to China on Tuesday. He said the visit was successful in creating permanent economic framework with China, whose scope included trade, transit, connectivity and investment.

The permanent economic framework will be signed during the China visit of Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Oli which is likely to happen in the first half of the next year, Thapa added.

During the visit, Nepal and China are likely to sign a trade and transit treaty, a Bilateral Investment Protection and Promotion Agreement, and a free trade agreement.

The formal agreement for the import of fuel from China would be signed during Prime Minister K.P. Oli’s China visit, Thapa said.

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  1. The Pahari Nepalese are blaming India for their own deliberate action of downgrading the Nepalese Madhesis to second class citizenship . Of course , China with it’s total control of Pahari Nepal , through the Maoists , has been manoeuvring for a few decades , right from the ouster of the Nepal king .

    Now , with a China – Nepal economic system to cater to Pahari Nepalese needs , with the Tibet northern route , replacing the Indian southern route economic system , China has shown the Pahari Nepalese the way to starve the Madhesis into submission .

    Unfortunately 52 % of any country ‘s population cannot be forced into submission , unless it is backed by genocidal pogroms – something which is not new to China.

    So , the Madhesis are in for a really bleak future – that of submission to the Pahari Nepal and civil war .

    The time has come for India to close down its Nepalese border and hand it over to the regular army to be protected against Chinese machinations .

    :With its present strength it won’t take the Chinese army long to run through Nepal and reach India once the Nepalese sellout to China is complete . Nepal has now become India ‘s Achilles heel !!

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