November 25, 2005

China sent arms to Nepal: report

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - China sent truckloads of arms to
Nepal this week to help its poorly-equipped army fight a
violent Maoist revolt, a newspaper reported on Friday.

Nepal's traditional arms provider, India, along with the
United States and Britain, have suspended supplies since King
Gyanendra fired the government in February, withdrew civil
liberties and took power.

The Kantipur daily said the weapons from China came on 18
trucks on Tuesday and Wednesday through a highway linking Nepal
with Tibet, but did not say what these arms were.

Officials were not immediately available for comment.

Beijing, a key donor to aid-dependent Nepal, sent five
combat vehicles in June, another newspaper reported at the

King Gyanendra, who said he was forced to sack the
government to quell the nine-year Maoist revolt, has tried to
reach out to China to end the country's international

More than 12,500 people have died since the Maoists
launched their campaign in 1996 to oust the constitutional
monarchy in the impoverished Himalayan kingdom.