China offers $135 mn aid to Nepal

In a bid to woo its land-locked southern neighbour, China on Saturday offered $135 million in aid to Nepal to beef up its infrastructure and security during a brief and surprise visit by the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.

Holding hectic parleys with Nepalese counterpart Baburam Bhattarai, the country's President Ram Baran Yadav, Maoist chief Prachanda and leaders of other parties, Wen inked as many as eight agreements amid a virtual media blackout.

His trip was conducted in complete secrecy and under heavy security lockdown with police and paramilitary forces deployed in strengths in and around the capital.

The security forces had as a precautionary measure detained large number of Tibetan refugees apparently to bar them from holding demonstration.

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