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FGN 21 NEPAL-POLITICS-LD CHINA Nepal political crisis: Chinese delegation meets top NCP leaders Prachanda, Madhav Nepal Kathmandu: A high-level Chinese delegation led by a vice minister of the Communist Party of China met top Nepal Communist Party leaders on Monday and discussed the political situation in the country, amid an intensified effort by Beijing to patch up differences between Nepal’s feuding leaders.

By Shirish B Pradhan FGN26 JAISHANKAR-QATAR Jaishankar calls on Qatar’s Amir, PM; discusses economic and security ties Doha: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Monday called on Qatar’s Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and discussed strengthening the economic and security cooperation between the two countries.

FGN 22 CHINA-NEPAL Properly handle differences, China tells Oli and Prachanda Beijing: China on Monday appealed to the warring factions of the Nepal Communist Party to properly handle their disputes and strive for political stability as a high-level delegation of the Chinese Communist Party made efforts to bring about a rapprochement between feuding leaders. By K J M Varma FGN23 CHINA-PAK-CPEC China denies seeking additional guarantees for USD 6 bn loan for rail project in Pakistan Beijing: China on Monday termed as baseless the reports that it has sought additional guarantees from Pakistan for sanctioning a whopping USD 6-billion loan for a railway line project and backing away from its initial financial commitments to the multi-billion dollars China-Pakistan Economic Corridor due to weakening financial position of its all-weather ally. By K J M Varma FGN25 US-TRUMP-LD TIBET Trump signs Tibet policy to preempt Chinese move on Dalai Lama's succession; China firmly opposes Washington/Beijing: US President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill that reaffirms the right of Tibetans to choose a successor to the Dalai Lama and calls for establishing an American consulate in Tibet, prompting China to warn that the act will seriously disrupt and hurt bilateral relations. By Lalit K Jha and K J M Varma MRJ