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‘Closer Nepal-China ties need not worry India’

Nepal’s expanding relations with China should not “irritate” India, a senior leader of the ruling CPN-UML said on Friday, asserting that Nepal would not accept anyone’s “hegemony”.

“We want to establish relations with both the neighbouring countries [China and India] on the basis of equality, which should not cause irritation to any of the countries”, said Pradip Gyawali, a Central Committee member of the party. “As an independent and sovereign country, it is up to Nepal to decide what type of relations we want to maintain with which country, and we will not accept anyone’s hegemony”, he said, talking to journalists in Banke district.

The ruling Communist Party of Nepal (Marxist-Leninist) hailed the agreements inked by Nepal with China during the ongoing visit of Prime Minister K.P.S. Oli.

“These bilateral cooperation deals are highly significant which help achieving long-term socioeconomic development goals to Nepal on its own,” the CPN-ML said in a statement.

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