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The Future of Asia 2021

Nepal's Oli wants China and India to step up with vaccines 'first'

Pro-Beijing PM has warmed to Delhi but laments 1m promised doses haven't arrived

Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli speaks to Nikkei Asia during an online interview on May 21. 

TOKYO -- Nepal's Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli on Friday said his landlocked country of 30 million people urgently needs more COVID-19 vaccines and is in talks with Western countries.

Oli, however, is hoping for more doses from Nepal's giant neighbors -- China and India. "Basically, we want to get [vaccines] from our neighbors first," he said.

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