In this photograph taken on March 2, 2017, motorbike riders travel on a polluted road in Kathmandu. / AFP / PRAKASH MATHEMA /
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China and Nepal began their first-ever joint military exercises Sunday, a move likely to rattle India as Beijing boosts its influence in the region.Impoverished Nepal is sandwiched between China and India and has in recent years ping-ponged between the sphere of influence of Delhi and Beijing as the Asian giants jostle for regional supremacy.Last month China's defense minister Chang Wanquan visited Nepal -- the first by a Chinese defense minister in 15 years -- to discuss the joint military exercise.
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