Nepal is stuck between the two giants and can act as a deterrent, provided its own territory does not fall victim to the larger dispute.
India's shifting alliances means border disputes in its neighbourhood now come with higher stakes.
India rejects Nepal's new map approved by latter's lower house of parliament that includes strategic territories disputed with its giant neighbour.
Nepali officials say border guards opened fire after a group of Indians crossed frontier, sparking clashes. Meanwhile, Nepal's parliament is set to vote on a new map of its border with India in response to India's new map that's stoked tensions.
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