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Nepal needs bridge over troubled waters

Himalayan nation faces Sino-Indian competition for its hydropower resources

| Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan
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People take a boat across the Rapti River at Sauraha in Chitwan, south of Kathmandu.   © Reuters

Nepal sits on vast water resources. The United Nations describes the landlocked Himalayan state as "one of the Asian countries with the highest level of water resources per inhabitant." Water can potentially be to Nepal what oil is to Arab sheikhdoms.

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