After months of tension and ambiguity New Delhi and Kathmandu’s attempts to iron out their differences will only lead to stability in the region and blunt Chinese designs.
China’s presence in the region is redefining the contours of India’s ties with Himalayan neighbour Nepal. When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his two-day visit to the neighbouring Himalayan nation of Nepal in May this year, it was in the backdrop of relations between the two nations at their lowest ebb. Only a month before, Nepal’s new premier K.P. Oli had visited India. Oli, widely regarded as pro-China has repeatedly voiced his opinions about updating Nepal’s relations with India. [...]