27 October, 2020

Chinese Whispers In Old Janakpur

Modi’s Nepal visit seeks to stitch up a new closeness. On the agenda would be China’s role in Nepal and the state of our own, magnanimous promises.

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Nepalese premier Khadga Prasad Oli with Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi
Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari
Chinese Whispers In Old Janakpur

It could well be seen as a first follow-up to last month’s big diplomatic eng­agement. Fresh from his successful informal summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Wuhan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is embarking on a short, but important, visit to Nepal—a country that of late had become the diploma­tic battleground for India-China rivalry in South Asia.

Observers believe the ‘highs’ and ‘lows’ in Sino-Indian relations clearly reflect in the mood of neighbours while dealing with India. It has to be noted that strained Indo-Nepal relations in the recent past had much to do with the rising tension between New Delhi and Beijing.

No details of the Wuhan talks on how Beijing and New Delhi would respond to each other’s presence in South Asia has been made public yet. But helping Nepal achieve stability and prosperity may fall well within the ambit of their agreement to improve relations—since this also acts as a spur to their own growth. Whether this will be achieved through cooperation among the three countries or...



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