Anti-China protests erupt in Nepal after fuel deal with Beijing

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Birgunj, Oct 31 (ANI): Anti-China protests erupted in Nepal’s lowland areas, days after Beijing agreed to supply emergency fuel aid to Kathmandu. Nepal signed a deal on Wednesday with China to import petroleum products. Kathmandu has been forced to ration fuel after protests against a new constitution strangled supplies from India into the landlocked nation. The Madhesi community in Nepal’s lowlands, many of whom trace their origins to India, have imposed an economic blockade to oppose the new constitution. They are against splitting Nepal into seven provinces. Protesting members of Madhesi community burnt Chinese flags in Birgunj town and threatened to intensify their protest in coming days. The Nepalese embassy said in a statement a memorandum of understanding had been signed between Nepal Oil Corp and National United Oil Corp, without giving details of the deal.

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