Updated: December 25, 2015 11:24:51 pm
Fuel-starved Nepal has signed an agreement with China to provide gasoline, diesel and cooking gas after India restricted its supplies as a result of ongoing political protests in the Himalayan nation.
Nepal Oil Corporation official Deepak Baral said Thursday that a memorandum of understanding was signed with China National United Oil Corporation in Beijing. He says details still need to be worked out.
It would be the first time Nepal would be getting fuel from China, effectively ending India’s monopoly on the fuel supply.
India has restricted fuel supplies since Madhesi ethnic groups in southern Nepal, with whom it has close cultural ties, began protesting Nepal’s new constitution, seeking more rights.
Former Union Minister Manish Tewari criticized PM Modi for ‘losing Nepal to China’.
MR. PM-Forget Africa u have even lost Nepal to Chinese by your obtuse demand Nepal should be a Hindu Rashtra Nepal fuel supplier now China
— Manish Tewari (@ManishTewari) October 29, 2015
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