With Nepal keeping mum on contents of the proposed Peace and Friendship treaty with China, speculation is rife here that security concerns could be the focal point of the pact which may also incorporate Kathmandu’s commitment to protect Beijing’s interests amid protests by Tibetan refugees here.
China, which is skeptical about increasing free-Tibet activities backed by Western powers in Nepal, wants ‘written commitment´ from the Maoist Government to protect its strategic interest in the wake of growing anti-Beijing activities in the Himalayan nation, a Nepali language magazine Nepal Weekly said on Sunday.
The Weekly reports that by proposing the draft, the communist giant wanted to convey the message that they are no more silent about Nepal’s affairs and that they wanted to be pro-active".
Senior journalist and China watcher Dhruva Hari Adhikari, also agrees to this saying that “China may have expressed her security concerns by proposing the draft treaty.”
Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister, who visited Nepal last month to hand over the draft of the treaty, which will replace the 50-year-old agreement, said that China wanted to sign a new pact with the Himalayan republic in the changed political scenario of the nation.