Monday, May 20, 2024

CDS Rawat asks Nepal to learn from Lanka and be wary of China’s designs

Chief of Defense Staff Bipin Rawat has said that Nepal shouldn’t become another Sri Lanka in falling to the baits of China.

Rawat, speaking at an event said, Nepal ought to be vigilant and learn from other nations, like Sri Lanka, who have signed agreements with other countries in the region.

India’s goodwill, on the other hand, comes with no strings attached, said CDS Rawat.

In 2017, Maithripala Sirisena-led government handed over Hambantota port to a state-run Chinese firm for a lease of 99 years. In return, it got a debt of $1.2 billion.

Now Nepal has agreed to fast track  rail connection from its capital Kathmandu to the Indian mainland. China is also trying to link Tibet with Nepalese capital.

India, meanwhile, is also bolstering its links with Nepal, as well as with Bhutan and Bangladesh under the Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal initiative.

Recently, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa rejected reports that Sri Lanka was lured into a “debt trap” by China after Beijing financed the strategic southern port of Hambantota.

In recent times at least three back-to-back high-level visits from New Delhi to Kathmandu have occurred.

Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) chief Samant Kumar Goel had visited the Himalayan nation in the last two months.

From Nepal, Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali is set to embark on a trip to India this month.

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