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Nepal Reaffirms Support for China

Nepal's Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal, right, and Zhou Yongkang, special envoy of Chinese President Hu Jintao, applaud after signing an agreement on economic cooperation, in Katmandu, Nepal, Aug. 16, 2011. Zhou arrived Tuesday on a three-day official vi
Nepalese leaders have reaffirmed support for China, saying the Himalayan nation will not allow anti-Chinese activities on its soil.

More than 20,000 Tibetan exiles are living in Nepal, after a failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule.
Nepal has prohibited demonstrations by Tibetan exiles and cracked down on such gatherings in recent years as part of its “one-China” policy.

On Wednesday, the outgoing prime minister of Nepal, Jhalanath Khanal, met with a high-level Chinese delegation in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu.
The delegation was led by Zhou Yongkang, a member of the standing committee of the Chinese Communist Party's Politburo.

The officials also signed a Chinese aid package for Nepal.

The talks come amid a political crisis in Nepal.
Mr. Khanal resigned on Sunday after only three months in office, citing a lack of significant progress made in the peace process or the formation of a power-sharing government
Some information for this report was provided by AFP.