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World Agenda: India and China wrestle for Nepal - Times Online

On the surface, the political turmoil engulfing Nepal this week stems from a struggle for control of the army dating back to the peace deal that ended a decade-long civil war in 2006.

Pushpa Kamal Dahal, alias Prachanda, the former Maoist rebel leader, resigned as Prime Minister on Monday after the President, from a rival party, overturned his decision to sack the army chief for refusing to admit Maoist troops to the army.

But the dispute masks a much grander -- and potentially destructive -- tussle between Nepal's two giant neighbours, India and China, as they vie for influence in South and Southeast Asia.

India signed a friendship treaty with Nepal in 1950, and has poured aid and investment into the country partly as a buttress against China, with whom India fought and lost a border war in 1962.

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by Fran on Tue May 5th, 2009 at 02:02:09 PM EST
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