Wednesday, August 27, 2008

China First, India Second

Nepalese prime ministers traditionally visit India after they take office.

However, this Prime Minister, Maoist Prachanda, visited China first. He attended the closing ceremony of Beijing Olympics and met top leaders.

India has a major influence on Nepal's political and economical matters, while China keeps its distance.

Nepal gets all its oil products and most of its consumer goods from India. Landlocked Nepal also has to depend on India to move cargo and passenger traffic.

The Prime Minister said not to worry. He plans to keep an "equi-distant" relationship between India and China.



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