KP Oli and His Geostrategy

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.

The China Ca(na)rd

By Maila Baje — From official pronouncements and public anticipation alike, the substitution of India by China as Nepal’s most important economic partner seems to have acquired national urgency. While the south has long denigrated our assertions of national sovereignty as a brazen display of the ‘China card’, the north has left us wilting in the winds. When it’s show time, they (Chinese) have always advised us to remain in India’s good books. A one-time grant of petrol, arms to crush the Maoist rebels, 600 sacks of salt – we know the drill.

Politics of Pre-emption?

By Maila Baje - Khadka is the last surviving leader who stepped out of that aircraft on that cold December day with B.P. Koirala seeking national reconciliation in 1976. To many ears, B.P. and Hindu statehood probably don’t seem to go together well. Yet could they be a winning combination for Khadka – and one that his rivals desperately want to pre-empt?

Can China Fall Peacefully?

By Andy Morimoto The idea that China cannot rise peacefully has become something of an international-relations truism. The story here is simple: as China’s economy...

What India Wants in Nepal?

By Deepak Gajurel https://youtu.be/EXlcKquJ_4k

China’s Nepal Policy: Review the Past

By Deepak Gajurel — It is high time that Beijing should consider correcting its past policies, if not for Nepal’s interests, for the sake of China’s itself. This was in pursuance of two aspects, first, obliterating any recurrence of West European conflict, and second, containing the Soviet Union from penetrating into West Europe.

Tiananmen Square 25 Years Ago

The massacre that wasn’t By Brian Becker Twenty-five years ago today, every U.S. media outlet, along with then President Bush and the U.S. Congress were whipping...

The Chinese are Coming: Beijing in the Balkans and Eastern Europe

By Binoy Kampmark In the latter part of 2014, China became the world’s largest economy, dethroning the United States which has held the position since...

India in South China Sea?

By Harsh V Pant With the Vietnamese prime minister’s visit to Delhi earlier this week, the Narendra Modi government has underlined its intention to take...

Chinese Takeaway: Modi’s Buddhism

By C Raja Mohan As Prime Minister Narendra Modi winds down an intensive phase of foreign policy activism, one surprising feature of his diplomacy has...