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And before heading to the Middle East, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao touched down in Nepal for a brief visit. He pledged economic support to the small country that lies on the border with Tibet.
On Saturday, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met the Nepalese prime minister and other officials. During the brief visit, China pledged $119 million in aid to Nepal.
Wen is en route to the Middle East, stopping in Kathmandu for less than five hours. China is a big trading partner for the small Himalayan nation, and has helped Nepal finance highways and other development projects. A number of agreements were signed on the brief visit, including that Beijing will provide training and resources to strengthen Nepal's police force.
Nepal is also home to more than 20,000 Tibetans—and many more pass through the country on their way to visit the exiled Dalai Lama in India. Beijing often pressures Nepalese authorities to crack down on any anti-China protests by Tibetan residents. According to the Associated Press, Nepalese police had detained 90 Tibetan exiles for illegal entry prior to Wen's visit.
Nepal says they consider Tibet a part of China. And while Tibetans are free to stay in their country, they are not allowed to protest against the Chinese regime.