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Ahead of Chinese PM’s Nepal visit, India’s secret agents rush to Kathmandu

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 26, 2011

The spokesperson at the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu, Ms. Apoorva Srivastava was quick enough to reject the presumption that Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai is arriving Kathmandu, Saturday November 26, 2011 under a veiled pretext.

She claimed, talking to Nayapatrika Daily, that Mathai is arriving Nepal in connection with the arrival of Finance Minister Pranab Kumar Mukherjee from India.

India’s Finance Minister Sri Pranab Mukherjee is landing Kathmandu, November 27, 2011 to sign the much publicized and highly controversial Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement with Nepal (DTAA).

However, the arrival of Foreign Secretary from New Delhi a day in advance and in lieu of Finance Secretary is not unusual because it’s a part of India’s diplomatic game to befool the smaller neighbor, claim experts in Nepal.

A dangerous game must have been in offing.

It is presumed that Secretary Mathai is being sent to Kathmandu to collect as much information as is possible on the forthcoming visit of Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao to Nepal, add experts.

In all likelihood, PM Wen will arrive in Kathmandu December 20, 2011 for a two day state visit.

Headache in India has already begun.

Mathai will also convey India’s annoyance over Nepal’s vote in favor of China for a five-year term at the UN’s Joint Inspection Unit in a voting held last Monday. India’s Gopinathan bagged victory over his Chinese rival.

“It is altogether a different matter that an Indian candidate won the seat but Nepal’s vote in favor of China makes it clear that Nepal as an independent nation is free to make its own decisions,” foreign policy experts claim. NOIDA investment waning. Read the rest of this entry »

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