By NP Upadhyaya
The Republic of India has plentiful reasons for a conceivable nervous breakdown.
The first being the special invitation extended to the Nepal President Mrs. Bidya Devi Bhandari by China to attend the Belt and Road Initiative forum and as if that were not enough, China also gave the her a colossal international forum to ventilate Nepal’s view points as regards to the BRI wherein the President had all the praise for the Chinese nation more so for the President Xi Jinping whose brain child is the Belt and Road Initiative – BRI.
The Nepali President said in Beijing that the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is offering new opportunities for Nepal, and that she hopes the Chinese investors and enterprises can now invest more in Nepal.
Nepal entered into the BRI arrangement in 2017 despite the Indian pressure not to increase links with India’s arch rival. But Nepal remained undeterred and took a bold decision recalling the pains of the India imposed blockade of the year 2015.
In her speech at the second BRI gathering held in Beijing, Mrs. Bhandari said that Nepal lacks the material resources and technology to develop its economy, and therefore needs the support of its neighbors including China.
She stressed for greater connectivity with China through adjoining border in the North.
And here is the daddy of them all that for several years to come shall force the Indian regime to have non-ending sleepless nights for an indefinite period.
Chinese President Xi Jinping on 29 April 2019, (Monday) while honoring Bidya Devi Bhandari said that China attaches great importance to the relationship with Nepal.
China supports Nepal’s efforts to safeguard national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and supports Nepal’s independent choice of social system and development path suited for its national conditions, President Xi said.
President Xi further said that “China appreciates Nepal’s long-term support on issues concerning China’s core interests and major concerns”.
The Chinese president noted that China and Nepal should enhance infrastructure cooperation and continue to build the China-Nepal Cross-Border Economic Cooperation Zones.
The visiting President Bidya Devi Bhandari held a bilateral meeting with her Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People on Monday 29 April.
The bilateral meeting followed a signing ceremony on various agreements between the two countries.
If China so desires then she should begin supporting Nepal to link the adjoining Tibetan region through “connecting-roads” in at least five different points so that Nepal’s over dependency could be minimized.
Chances remain high for yet another Indian blockade.
Reliable sources presume that Chinese President Xi Jinping may drop in Nepal any time this year or early next year.
This news is enough to increase the pulse and the heartbeat of the Indian regime for a variety of understandable political reasons.
And thus, a fairly annoyed India shall leave no stone unturned to free Nepal from the Chinese grip as Delhi’s sick mentality is that Nepal should continue to remain like a protectorate a la baby Bhutan in its backyard. This is just unacceptable to Nepal. It is here that China should come to help Nepal if she really is a Mao Tse Tung time friend of Nepal.
The fact is that China is in the hearts of the Nepali population. India has pushed Nepal towards China frankly speaking. The wound of 2015 Indian blockade still haunts the Nepali people.
Delhi’s RAW machine is expected thus to double its efforts in buying Nepali nationals much the same way it did in the year 2006 that catapulted the Nepali politics.
The New Delhi’s tactfully exported Nepali nationals in 2006 began ruling Nepal in close collaboration with those who were undercover agents of the alien regimes but residing in Nepal as Nepali nationals. Unfortunate news as it is.
The Delhi engineered 12 point agreement worked as designed.
And Kakistocracy is literally a system where the government is run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens”. India exported this “cracy” in Nepal.
So this should mean that we the people are being governed by the worst ones? Perhaps yes.
Whether this definition fits into Nepal’s present day leadership has to be at best explained by the competent political analysts and thus we leave this topic to be debated extensively by the Nepali academics prior to arriving at any conclusion.
The Indian tension now is real in that China has agreed to help support Nepal with the approval for the Nepal-China Trans-Himalayan Multi-dimensional Connectivity Network, including Nepal-China cross-border railway and China-Myanmar economic corridor which have luckily incorporated in the BRI list from among the South Asian region.
Nepal has now plausible reasons to smile. But equally true to think as to how the Indian radicals will lose their minds over blossoming relations between Nepal and China, so writes bug [email protected] in his twitter account April 29, 2017.
He is speaking correct. The Chinese debt trap theory shall be the main thrust for mis-informing the people here and abroad.
Adding Himalayan salt to the wound, Nepal’s foreign policy experts and political party leaders have hailed the outcomes of the 2nd Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation held in Beijing on April 26-27.
Former Nepali Prime Minister Jhal Nath Khanal, who is also one of the senior leaders of the ruling Nepal Communist Party, told Xinhua on Sunday, April 28, that the BRIF witnessed the participation of heads of state and government from so many countries while showing their commitment to the initiative which is the creation of President Xi.
Mr. Khanal is talked to have a clear leaning towards Beijing.
A career Nepali diplomat and the former Foreign Secretary of Nepal, Mr. Madhu Raman Acharya, beamingly says that the inclusion of Nepal-China Trans-Himalayan Multi-Dimensional Connectivity and Nepal-China cross border railway in the Belt and Road Forum joint communique is a good progress in terms of implementing BRI projects in Nepal.
Mr. Acharya (Retd) is taken as a versatile diplomat of Nepal.
The other beneficiary in South Asia is obviously Pakistan with which China enjoys excellent relations.
The CPEC mega projects have brought both the countries more closer in the recent years and is expected further to increase during the tenure of the Prime Minister Imran Khan who very freshly attended the second BRI meet in Beijing wherein he was given the respect and honor that he demanded as a close friend of China.
In a way, PM Khan kept himself heavily engaged during the entire session(s) of the second BR Forum.
China’s high-profile 2nd Belt and Road Forum has ended Saturday 27 April, 2019, with the signing of deals worth USD 64 billion and affirming respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity towards Beijing’s trillion-dollar BRI projects.
A joint statement issued at the end of the meeting has highlighted that the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) cooperation should respect openness, transparency, and inclusiveness and level playing field.
The statement also talked for the respect of sovereignty by the nations housed in the BR initiative.
It states, “We respect sovereignty and territorial integrity of each other and affirm that each country has the right and primary responsibility to define its development strategies in accordance with its national priorities and legislation”.
It has been learnt that China has agreed to include the projects on the BRI list as Nepal reiterated its commitment to One China policy.
However, China must not completely rely on Nepal’s assurances on One China policy simply because there are several communist leaders who were in the good book of India and working secretly to destabilize Tibet, the under belly of China. Some ruling communists’ leaders have tacit linkages with the Dalai Lama as well.
The Nepali leaders are not what they in effect pose to be outwardly. And China knows this hopefully. A word to the wise should be enough.
Interestingly, Madhav Kumar Nepal left for the USA just the next day of his arrival to Kathmandu from Beijing trip. This has some meaning perhaps.
China has signed several agreements with Nepal which shall bring colossal amounts in the country for increasing the connectivity with South Asia via Nepal corridor, a passage for Nepal-China cross-border railway included.
Be that as it may, President Bhandari this time presented Nepal in Beijing in a befitting manner which may have enhanced Nepali international prestige among the countries attending the Belt and Road Forum held in Beijing.
Surprisingly, the Indian lobby in the media sector have begun mocking the Nepal-China agreements as instructed by their invisible masters supposedly.
With India’s absence, Pakistan obviously became the center of attraction during the entire proceeding of the Belt and Road forum in Beijing.
It would be not out of place to put on record to what a Pakistani senator Mushahid Hussain, April 24, had said of the CPEC that “it is the flagship and the pilot project of the BRI-Belt and Road Initiative. The senator recalled that during the first BR forum, 2017, President Xi Jinping has said that the “ancient silk road also constituted the flow of knowledge and connected the lands of Buddhism, Christianity and Islam.
Mr. Hussain is the chairman of China-Pakistan Institute.
With the Nepal’s inclusion in the BRI, the Hindu belt too has found a suitable place under the BRI circuit.
If so then a sequence of differing religions is now in place thanks to President Xi Jinping.
As stated earlier, China-Pakistan ties drew much attention in the just concluded Belt and Road Forum and Pakistan benefitted immensely from China’s soft corner towards Islamabad.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on April 28 (Sunday) witnessed the signing ceremony of the second phase of the Pakistan-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA) during a bilateral meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the conclusion of the BRI meet in Bejing.
On the same day, the Pakistan Prime Minister met with President Xi who during the bilateral talks reiterated China’s unwavering support to Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and appreciated the government’s agenda for socio-economic development and people-centered progress. President Xi affirmed that China-Pakistan ties would continue to acquire greater strength and deepen practical cooperation in the time to come.
Panic must have gripped the entire South Block in New Delhi for multiple reasons. PM Modi must have become restless.
The two sides also exchanged views on the regional situation, including Afghanistan and South Asia. President Xi further expressed China’s appreciation for Pakistan’s sustained and successful efforts in the fight against terrorism and to create a peaceful neighborhood.
In the meantime while being in Beijing, PM Khan assured the Chinese leadership that his country had already initiated a peace process that brings the Taliban and the Afghanistan government in the negotiating table as his country believes that peace in neighboring Afghanistan will help increase connectivity between Pakistan and the countries of the Central Asian region and beyond.
“We are now engaged in helping the peace process in Afghanistan”, PM Khan told the Chinese leadership which wants India and Pakistan to build a working relations by opening the stalled dialogue process. Pak PM has hinted that talks may resume after the election results in India.
(But if India enters into the Afghanistan scene, the peace process shall get derailed for sure, it is believed in Nepal).
During the meet with the Pak Prime Minister, the Chinese President Xi Jinping hoped that Pakistan and India could improve their strained relations, following the Pulwama terror attack of February 14, 2019.
In response to President Xi’s appeal PM Khan said, “Whosoever wins the Indian elections, Pakistan shall initiate dialogue with the new set up that shall take shape in India”, said Khan April 28, 2019.
Khan did not reiterate this time that he would feel more comfortable if PM Modi gets elected once again. This invited sharp criticisms worldwide including Nepal.
For sure, China prefers a friendly settlement in between India and Pakistan.
Utilizing the BR Forum in Beijing, the Pak Prime Minister is learnt to have held separate meetings with IMF chief Christine Lagarde and World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva here, last Friday April 27, 2019, and discussed the cash-strapped country’s efforts to tide over the financial woes.
Pakistan is seeking USD 8 billion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to bail itself out from a severe balance-of-payments crisis that threatens to cripple the country’s economy.
Khan met IMF Managing Director Lagarde and World Bank Chief Executive Officer Georgieva on the sidelines of the 2nd Belt and Road Forum (BRF) hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, news agencies have reported.
A fresh report published by the Indian daily paper the Hindu which claims that the alleged mastermind behind last week’s multiple terror atrocities against the Sri Lankan people were largely trained in India.
Very significantly an unnamed Sri Lankan “top military source” claims that the suspected terror leader Zahran Hashim (who has already died as per the news that is in circulation in Colombo) spent substantial time training in “Southern India”. Had he met with Ajit Doval-the Indian national security advisor? Who knows?
The location of the reported training base is talked to be the same part of India’s Tamil Nadu that was once the training base of the anti-Sri Lankan LTTE terror group. Is it that Jaffna is again made a citadel for Civil War?
The Eurasia/Future also writes on the same line April 27, 2019.
That the alleged attacker may have been trained by the Indian security forces in the said area as Nepal too has the experience that the Nepal Maoists terrorists from Nepal too may have trained in Tamil Nadu or in Dehradun.
Eye witness claim that the Nepali Maoists were formally trained in Dehradun, so had said Prakash Koirala-the son of late BP Koirala.
So India, as reported by the Hindu and backed by the Eurasia/Future, must have trained Zaahran Hashim prior to sending him to Colombo.
The Eurasia /Future has also stated that Pakistan tentatively has pledged to assist Sri Lanka in its investigation into the multiple atrocities which took place throughout the island nation a week ago. In particular, Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has a vital role to play in uncovering the true culprits behind this incident. The Sri Lankan PM too has hinted that he may seek Pakistan’s assistance in uncovering the militant organization which attacked the Churches in Colombo on 22 April 2019, Sunday.
In what could be taken as a Himalayan embarrassment and a matter of utter shame for the incumbent Indian regime, the former president of Sri Lanka and Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday while acknowledged India’s efforts to help the island nation after multiple blasts on Easter Sunday claimed the lives of more than 250 people and injured over 500 but clearly told India “Thanks”.
In an exclusive interview with the News18, he vehemently denied the need for officers of India’s National Security Guard (NSG) to be deployed in Sri Lanka, saying there was no need for foreign soldiers on Sri Lankan soil.
NSG is a counter-terrorism unit under India’s Ministry of Home Affairs.
“India has been helpful. But there is no need for NSG to come in. We don’t need foreign soldiers. Our forces are capable enough. We just need to give those powers and freedom.”
Mahinda Rajpaksha in saying so clearly wants to express his hatred towards the Indian regime in an implied manner, which he believes made serious efforts in ensuring the grand defeat of Mahinda in the 2015 elections.
Notably, it was Mahinda the then Sri Lankan President who brought to an end the overly stretched and India aided Civil War in Sri Lanka. And he was the one to have forged close ties with China when India had refused Mahinda’s requests and thus Hambantota port went to the pocket of China. India now has begun weeping.
The LTTE which was the creation of the Indian regime had been tamed by Rajpakshe.
But India wants to enter Sri Lanka under this or that pretext so that a new LTTE phenomenon could take a shape once again in the Sri Lankan soil so that the latter could be twisted.
And here is what may surprise you further.
While monitoring the usual channels, the Indian police came across with something unusual: a calculated plan for what was to become the dastardly attack linked to the Islamic State group in South Asia which was comparatively a new terror group called National Towheed Jamaat, the Sri Lankan ISIS-backed militant organization which had carried over the April 21 Church attack in Colombo.
Indian police managed to break into the group’s communications and began tapping into the plot, according to Ajai Sahni, executive director of the Institute for Conflict Management in New Delhi.
Let’s hope that the National Towheed Jamaat was well taken care of by the Indian administration to tame Sri Lanka simply because the Island nation has already inched closer to China which has been annoying Delhi since long.
For any political upheaval or for that matter any communal riot in Nepal, Indian presence have been confirmed by the Nepali authorities but for some mysterious reasons, the Indian nasty involvement in such cases are ignored.
In Nepal, the massacre in Gaur and Lahan some years ago had the penetration of the Indian notorious elements which took several innocent Nepali lives.
And thus the Indian media’s trying to implicate far flung Pakistan, as is its habit, in the Colombo blast must not come as an amazement for those who understand Indian media and the clandestine design of the RAW in an improved way. If India is around, smaller neighbors need not worry for enemy say matured observers in Nepal.
Last but not the least, in a surprising development, the Pakistan Army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor on Monday 29, 2019, said that Pakistan took international media already to the site of the Indian airstrike in Balakot to “expose” India’s claim of killing 300 people, adding they would now be more than happy to invite the Indian media too if they choose to come to Balakot to see the truth.” That’s all.