Despite being landlocked, Nepal refuses to side with India against China

Despite being landlocked, Nepal refuses to side with India against China
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Nepal Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara said Nepal "will not take sides in the ongoing Sikkim standoff between India and China," the Times of India reported.

Nepal wants India and China to use "peaceful diplomatic means" to resolve the issue, Mahara said, according to the report.

Hu said Nepal has been resisting India's control for years, while China has provided economic assistance to Nepal .

"India has always wanted Nepal on its side and does not want Nepal to swing over to China, " Wang Dehua, head of the Institute for South and Central Asian Studies at the Shanghai Municipal Center for International Studies, told the Global Times on Monday.

"Countries like Nepal have remained neutral on the standoff, which could be of great help to China. However, India refuses to listen to its neighboring countries," Wang Dehua said.

"Nepal has stayed neutral on the standoff, and China also hopes Nepal , as well as other South Asian countries, maintain relations with India," Hu noted.

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