After hitting historic lows in 2020, relations between India and Nepal are on the rise again.
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.
Three new petroleum and gas pipelines, a liquefied petroleum gas plans and oil storage facilities are going to be constructed in Nepal and boost bilateral relations.
Beijing is using Pakistan and Nepal to keep India off-balance as it tries to establish its supremacy across Asia. But, unlike previous Indian governments, the Modi administration is standing up.
Beijing is using Kathmandu, in a desperate bid to distract from its faltering economy and the international reputation it has lost, but it underestimates India’s global and regional influence. On the face of it, it can simply be seen as a land mass of 330 sq km. Looking ahead, however, this little stretch of real estate has the potential to trigger a political, diplomatic and cartographic face-off between India and its closest neighbour Nepal. The coincidence that this piece of [...]
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. [...]