By N24 Correspondent, KATHMANDU:- When Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli rejected China’s plea to remain united with the anarchist band of Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” and other comrades of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), he had already made a departure towards strengthening Nepal’s sovereignty and nationalism.
China was responsible for merging the chaotic Maoist guerrillas into the then CPN (UML) as a face saving for the Maoists’ chieftain Prachanda. Maoists were losing everywhere in election and it was a “political rescue” for Prachanda — grand-designed by China — to merge with the then largest party of Nepal and save his political career.
Now that PM Oli has shown the willingness to break the Chinese grand design by charting out a self-made course for NCP, China is attempting to frame PM Oli, turning him into a scapegoat, which is fundamentally wrong and insane.
Also, PM Oli has officially rejected the Chinese high-interest yielding project of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which is good for a resource crunch country like Nepal. It is obvious that Nepal should look for a development assistance, which has very less interest rate or no interest at all and also fits into Nepal’s development requirements.
In this context, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) project of the US was and still is an appropriate project for Nepal, as it charges no interest at all, Nepal does not even have to pay back the $500 million assistance and all Nepal has to do is to spend the money wisely without corruption.
And, if everything goes right, Nepal’s Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali is embarking on an official visit to New Delhi, India on Wednesday, January 14, 2021. PM Oli has said that Nepal and India need each other more than ever before. This may have made China jealous to see that PM Oli is shifting closer to India without hurting Nepal’s sovereignty and national interest.
As for the US role in Nepal in the middle of China and India perceiving that Nepal is the sole “playground” for them only, the US should never see Nepal through the lens of India. India has its own vested interests in Nepal, which will only present a case of “conflict of interest” for the US. And, China will always remain an adversary for the US because of the Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Uighur issues.
The US, Britain and Europe are the oldest allies of Nepal, as Nepal supplied military forces to them in the first and second world wars to fight against and defeat the tyrannies of Hitler and Musolini. China will always try to bypass the US in Nepal but India, too, may join hands with China to bypass the US interests in Nepal. This is what the US should be concerned about and remain alert in the days ahead.
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