In a development that is bound to worry India, China looks set to open a cultural centre in Nepal. According to Chinese official news agency Xinhua, Beijing believes that the establishment of a cultural centre in Kathmandu can provide impetus for a better understanding among the people as well as enhance mutual cooperation between the two countries. Yajna Prasad Gautam, secretary at Nepal’s MoTCA, and Yang Houlan, Chinese ambassador signed the pact on behalf of their respective governments Nov 1. “The establishment of cultural centre will help reduce cultural distance in hearts of the peoples of the both countries,” said Houlan.
- Manish Chand is Founder-CEO and Editor-in-Chief of India Writes Network (www.indiawrites.org) and India and World, a pioneering magazine focused on international affairs. He is CEO/Director of TGII Media Private Limited, an India-based media, publishing, research and consultancy company.