China's media warns Nepal against getting close to India
-- TOI / Shailaja Neelakantan |
NEW DELHI: Days after Nepal's Prime Minister Prachanda visited India+ , Chinese media warned Kathmandu that its independence and reputation will be "fundamentally hurt" if it gives Beijing short shrift and values New Delhi more.
The Chinese government-run Global Times further said that India is interfering in Nepal's ties with China.
It appears that China is worried about infrastructure deals it signed with Nepal to further its 'Brick and Road' project. These deals were signed during the tenure of Nepal's earlier KP Oli government. At the time, India and Nepal weren't on the best of terms because of a blockade imposed by the Madhesi community over alleged discrimination in the Nepali constitution.
Now, the Nepal-China relationship has stalled abruptly, and that a visit by Chinese leaders to Nepal has allegedly been suspended, Global Times said. It cited warnings from Nepal's former Prime Minister Oli that agreements between Kathmandu and Beijing might not be carried out in a timely manner. Oli made these comments right after Prachanda received Prime Minister Narendra Modi's invitation to visit Delhi.
"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.
India has exerted pressure on Prachanda who will in turn derail Nepal-China relations, the news outlet said.
"China has never disturbed India-Nepal relations, but New Delhi has been interfering (in) Sino-Nepalese ties every once in a while. Hence from whatever perspective, Beijing is more deserving of Nepal's trust," the article added.