In a diplomatic war of action or affection, India and China have been vying for the cake of appreciation from the Nepal government and people alike after the 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit the Himalayan nation and left more than 8000 killed and millions displaced.
While India was quick to rush men and material to pull out and give shelter to the affected, Nepal was lucky that both India and China are competing to save Nepal and win over a media war before winning the hearts of Nepalis.
The recent reactions against Indian media for overbearing coverage to score diplomatically has attracted little appreciation in a typical Asian country that abhores such showoff mindset as shown by the Indian government and media alike. Soon after the thanks-giving speech by Nepal PM, it was time for the media and army to wrap up their operations in Nepal.
Exit India, now enters China to heal a nation that suffered. In the long run, someone who helps heal a wound is better remembered than the one who rushes the victim to the hospital. No wonder, China was steadily watching the developments and stationed its medical team in the Tibet region to enter Nepal on Monday.
About 30 professionals from Tibet’s healthcare cetres have reached Kathmandu at the request of the Himalayan nation’s government, Xinhua quoted Wang Hai, head of the medical team, as saying.
While the team is sent for preventive action to see no epidemics in quake-hit Tibetan areas cause further problems, the Himalayan nation is finding itself sandwiched between India and Nepal on one side and many unwanted rescuers, media and doctors from foreign countries.
“If the bodies of victims and dead animals are not dealt with in time, they are very likely to pollute water and soil and cause outbreaks of communicable diseases,” Wang said, briefing his team’s role in Nepal. They would essentially disinfect and bury the bodies, sterilise water sources and eliminate mosquitoes, he explained.
So far, 89 Chinese medical team members have reached Kathmandu with 59 tents and 30 garbage dumps.