A diplomatic row has erupted between China and Nepal asBeijing expressed dissatisfaction over the appointment of a minister of Tibetan ethnic origin by the communist party-led government of Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal said.
- Chinese embassy officials in Kathmandu have expressed dissatisfaction over the appointment Lharkyal Lama as State Minister for Finance who is allegedly connected with the 'freeTibet movement,' a CPN-UML party source said.
- China is miffed with appointment of Lama who alleged holds two passports Nepali and Indian and also an identity card of Tibetan refugee, the CPN-UML party source was quoted as saying by Nagarik daily, a local newspaper.
- According to a report in nepalnews online, it prompted Chinese officials to express their displeasure during informal conversations with the Prime Minister and other top communist party leaders.
- Lama holds the nationality Chof Nepal, Tibet and India, according to a formal complaint filed against him at the home ministry six years ago.