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China to supply 1.3 million liters of gasoline to fuel-starved Nepal


Nepal says China will provide it with 1.3 million liters of gasoline to help it cope with severe fuel shortages as a result of restricted supplies from neighboring India.

Nepal Oil Corp. official Deepak Baral said Sunday that the gasoline will be brought to a town near the China-Nepal border. It will take about 100 tanker trucks to transport the gasoline to Kathmandu, the capital.

It will be the first time Nepal gets fuel from China. The countries share a border that has the world’s highest mountains, but two border crossings were damaged by an April earthquake. One of the crossings was opened earlier this month.

For several weeks, Madhesi ethnic groups have been protesting in southern Nepal against the country’s new constitution, blocking supplies from India.