Air strip for Indian Air Force in Nepal targets Tibet

15:55, December 17, 2009      

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According to a report published Wednesday in the Telegraph Nepal, India plans to construct an air strip in Surkhet, Nepal, which is close to the tri-junction, Kalapani, where China meets India in Nepali territory.

The move caused great concern from the Chinese side. A military delegation, headed by Jia Xiaoning, deputy chief of the Foreign Affairs Office at China's Ministry of National Defense arrived in Nepal December 14 to conduct negotiations.

The report says the Nepali side has given a clear go-ahead to India to construct the Air-Strip for the Indian Air Force.

"The very idea of constructing an air strip in Surkhet is essentially not the brainchild of Nepal. Instead, it is an Indian idea to build an air strip right inside Nepal from where the Indian regime, should an imaginary war with China becomes a reality by 2012 as claimed by the Indian defense analyst Bharat Burma, could pounce upon Tibet which adjoins the Nepalese border", claim Nepal's analysts.

Nepal's defense analysts claim that the Indian Army can strike the heartland in Tibet as and when India and China go to war.

The question of how China reacts to this "benevolent" Nepali gesture made in favor of India will have to be watched, was raised at the end of the report.

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