PM Da­hal’s for­eign pol­icy

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This time, Prime Min­is­ter Push­paka­mal Da­hal is try­ing all the best to please In­dia. He as­signed two deputy prime min­is­ters as his spe­cial en­voys to Delhi and Bei­jing. Kr­ishna Ba­hadur Ma­hara, DPM and Fi­nance Mnis­ter left here for Bei­jing as the spe­cial en­voy of PM Da­hal. Soon, an­other DPM Mi­nal­en­dra Nidhi is vis­it­ing Delhi at the spe­cial en­voy of PM Da­hal. Da­hal, although, is say­ing in pub­lic that he will de­velop bal­anced re­la­tions with the two neigh­bours – In­dia and China -- in a brief­ing to his close party col­leagues, Da­hal had said that the party should not take any step from which In­dia will be­come an­gry.

In­dia first:

PM Da­hal's for­eign pol­icy is based on the pol­icy of “In­dia first”. He has sent DPM Nidhi to give the mes­sage that he is ea­ger to host the In­dian Pres­i­dent be­fore the visit of Chi­nese Pres­i­dent. Da­hal's worry is that if the Chi­nese Pres­i­dent vis­its Nepal be­fore the In­dian Pres­i­dent, how will In­dia re­act to him! There­fore, the Delhi mis­sion of Nidhi is to ex­tend in­vi­ta­tion to the In­dian Pres­i­dent and to re­quest him to visit Kath­mandu ear­lier than the visit of the Chi­nese Pres­i­dent.

Three coun­try part­ner­ship:

As we all know, In­dia's out­stand­ing for­eign pol­icy is to pro­mote bi­lat­eral re­la­tions with the neigh­bour­ing coun­tries rather than en­gag­ing a third coun­try in re­la­tions or co­op­er­a­tion with the neigh­bour­ing coun­tries. By know­ing the In­dian mood, PM Da­hal is go­ing to in­sist that the three-coun­try part­ner­ship im­ple­men­ta­tion agree­ment signed with China must be avoided. Spe­cially on the rail­way project in Nepal, PM Da­hal's gov­ern­ment is go­ing to pro­pose China to de­velop un­der­stand­ing with In­dia and de­velop Nepal as a bridge be­tween the two neigh­bours. It sounds good but

In­dia, which has con­sid­ered Nepal as her pro­tected na­tion, is go­ing to linger the pro­posal of Chi­nese in­volve­ment in Nepal-In­dia bi­lat­eral re­la­tions/ co­op­er­a­tion. PM Da­hal is also think­ing about de­lay­ing in up­grad­ing the Kerung-Ra­suwa­gari-Kath­mandu road project. Like­wise, to make happy In­dia, PM Da­hal is in a mood to re­ward an In­dian party by scrap­ping the de­ci­sion of the pre­vi­ous Oli gov­ern­ment for con­struc­tion of the Kath­mandu-Ni­j­gadh fast track road project. Bi­mal­en­dra Nidhi, who was the min­is­ter for phys­i­cal plan­ning and con­struc­tion in the then Sushil Koirala led gov­ern­ment, had al­ready de­cided to re­ward an In­dian party by cre­at­ing a big loss to the na­tion. Again, when he be­came the DPM and Home Min­is­ter now, Nidhi has said that the project will be con­structed through a global ten­der. Nidhi has not made clear whether the project will be un­der the gov­ern­ment own­er­ship or will be con­structed un­der the BOOT ba­sis by re­ward­ing the project to the In­dian party! To re­call, the Supreme Court had asked the then Sushil Koirala led gov­ern­ment to sus­pend the project from re­ward­ing the In­dian party this re­spon­si­bil­ity. Later, af­ter the con­tro­versy, the Oli led gov­ern­ment had de­cided to con­struct the project by the gov­ern­ment it­self. Di­plo­matic ob­servers be­lieve that this gov­ern­ment will try to de­lay in im­ple­men­ta­tion of the im­por­tant agree­ments signed with China by the Oli led gov­ern­ment.

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