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India, China compete to help Nepal`s district bordering Tibet

The face of Nepal`s northwest district Mustang, a popular tourist destination bordering Tibet, has been undergoing transformation as India and China compete with each other to provide development assistance for the remote region.



Kathmandu: The face of Nepal`s northwest
district Mustang, a popular tourist destination bordering
Tibet, has been undergoing transformation as India and China
compete with each other to provide development assistance for
the remote hilly region.

After India provided assistance to build and renovate
schools, roads, monastery, bridges and water taps, China is
paying special attention for the development of the mountain
district.
China recently announced Rs.1 crore financial
assistance to construct a library, science laboratory, school
building with computers for Chhoser village adjoining
Jhongwasen district of Tibet, said state-run Gorkhapatra
daily.

India has already spent more than Rs 10 crore for the
development and construction works in the district. A
community building, `Nepal-India friendship library` and a
monastery were recently built in the district under assistance
from New Delhi.

India has pledged to provide further Rs.7 crore for
the construction of a bridge, a public rest house and a
monastery in the coming year, according to the daily.

China has also asked the government to allocate part
of its new aid package for development in the hilly region
bordering Tibet.

During a recent visit to Mustang, Chinese ambassador
Qu Gohuang pledged that his country will continue to provide
assistance for the development of the remote area.
Indian Ambassador Rakesh Sood, who was in the district
recently to inaugurate buildings constructed under assistance,
from New Delhi, said his government is interested in providing
additional assistance for the development of the district,
Mani Kumar Gyawali, the Local Development Officer of the
district, was quoted as saying by the daily.

Besides India and China, western countries including
USA and Denmark have also shown interest in boosting economic
and infrastructure development in the mountain district.

PTI

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