By Maila Baje — Even if China and India have decided to split the difference in Nepal in order to manage their wider rivalry, are the Europeans and the Americans just going to abandon the field? Sure, there is some talk going on in some Indian circles about flashing the ‘Taiwan card’ at China.
The fact is that this left Coalition has some Indian brains with Nepali souls. Nepal’s former King Gyanendra Shah has conceivably set the ball rolling. Indications to...
By Sanjeev Miglani and Tommy Wilkes (Reuters) - India is speeding up a navy modernisation programme and leaning on its neighbours to curb Chinese submarine...
By Maila Baje — Xi: It’s more than ‘here and there’, from what I hear. Across the board, they feel India can’t stand the fact that they are independent. The king, political parties, even the communists, come running to us whenever they’re in trouble. We mediate, they get their throne/chairs back and what’s the next thing everyone does? Indians this, Indians that. We aren’t fools. We recognized that China had arrived in South Asia long before 2005. But look here, after the fall of the monarchy, we didn’t have a reliable partner. Everyone was either educated or exiled – often both – in India.
By Maila Baje — The fate of the new beginning independent India sought with the democratic government of 1951, the elected government of B.P. Koirala in 1959 and the interim governments of 1990 and 2006 need not be rehashed here. The Indians need to get over the fact that Kathmandu managed to remain outside the Indian Union in 1947 when Kerala was in.
Nepal – China Joint Statement, Beijing, June 23, 2018
By Robert Beckhusen —If the Maldives kicking out the Indian helicopters are any indication, Chinese influence has grown since — if at least in relative terms as India’s presence deteriorates. This fits within China’s larger economic designs in the Indian Ocean, the informally-named “string of pearls” of ports, airports and economic investment stretching from the South China Sea to Pakistan.
China has exponentially expanded its role and influence under our republican dispensation. But has Beijing really crossed any red lines New Delhi may have...
By Maila Baje ¬_ To cut a long story short, where’s the evidence that Oli won’t be a changed man this time around as far as his geostrategic orientation goes? Dahal’s 180-degree flip was softened to an extent by the distance between his two premierships. The relative closeness of Oli’s tenures will perhaps make any such somersault more extraordinary, but it will certainly be no less explicable.