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With new Chinese link, Nepal ends India's internet monopoly

Discussion in 'The NF Covfefé' started by mr_shadow, Jan 12, 2018 at 9:29 PM.

  1. mr_shadow Minister of State Security Moderator

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    Nepal has joined hands with China to offer internet services to its citizens, officials said on Friday, ending India's decades-long monopoly of the Himalayan nation's cyber connectivity network.

    For years, Nepal depended on Indian telecom companies, such as Bharti Airtel and Tata Communications Ltd, for access to the worldwide web, which Nepali officials said made connections vulnerable to network failures.

    Nepal Telecom and China Telecom Global launched their services after they wrapped up the laying of optical fiber cables between Kerung in China and Rasuwagadi in Nepal, about 50 km (30 miles) north of Kathmandu, the companies said.

    "This will give us an alternative to India for cyber connectivity and ensure uninterrupted connections," Pratibha Vaidya, a Nepal Telecom spokeswoman, told Reuters.

    "Consumers can now look forward to a reliable service."

    More than 60 percent of Nepal's 28 million people had access to the internet last year, up from just 19 percent in 2012.

    Both Asian giants China and India have been jostling to increase their influence in Nepal, a natural buffer separating them, by ramping up their investments in roads and hydropower projects in the impoverished country.

    In 2016, Beijing agreed to allow Nepal to use its ports to trade goods with third countries, ending the latter's sole dependence on India for overland trade.

    Nepal last year joined the Belt and Road Initiative, which is China's effort to develop a modern "Silk Road" connecting Asia with Europe, Middle East and Africa by road, railway, sea and air.

    As part of the initiative, Nepali officials say they are in talks with Beijing over the extension of the Chinese railway network into Nepal from Tibet.

     
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  3. mr_shadow Minister of State Security Moderator

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    IMO Nepal is more naturally an ally of India since they are Hindus and speak an Indo-European language, while the Tibetans and Han are Buddhists and speak Sino-Tibetan languages.

    But India is maybe a little too aware of this for their own good. My impression is that they treat Nepal as essentially a non-sovereign vassal/satellite.

    And since the Nepalese are landlocked with only two neighbors, their only recourse when they're upset with the Indians is to complain to the Chinese.
     
  4. afgpride Well-Known Member

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    Not necessarily. Often times softer divides breed harsher rivalries. For instance, Shias and Sunnis (on a large scale) hate eachother so much they're willing to enthusiastically ally themselves with kaffirs to gain an advantage. Afghanistan and Iran are culturally, linguistically and historically connected, but would sooner rub shoulders with America and Russia than with eachother.
     
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    Funny how even though India is filled with tech support and overall freer internet, China probably has faster speed. I'm sure having air conditioning helps too.
     

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