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Nepal pushes to end dependency on India with China rail, tunnel deals

Reuters Sunday, 13 October 2019
Chinese President Xi Jinping wound up two days of meetings in Nepal on Sunday with separate deals for a rail link to Tibet and a tunnel, an official said, as the Himalayan nation seeks to end an Indian dominance over its trade routes by increasing connectivity with Beijing.
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