Fa­tigued PM Oli, Pom­peo in NK mis­sion, China equips Pak­istan, en­sures N-de­ter­rence in SA

People's Review - - COMMENTARY -

PM Oli has be­come most ar­ro­gant. It is this ar­ro­gance what has been short­en­ing his time span in the cov­eted chair of the PM of Nepal. Ir­rel­e­vant and joc­u­lar talks that PM Oli makes quite of­ten is what shall bring him to the foot­path very soon should PM Modi ac­ti­vate his paid sleuths in Kathmandu. Ten­ta­tively, bar­ring a hand­ful of the UML tilted me­dia, the main­stream and the In­dia tilted me­dia have al­ready di­rected their guns to­wards PM Oli which time per­mit­ting would yield pos­i­tive re­sults hope­fully. Chances are high that PM Oli may sur­vive in the cur­rent Chair for a mere five months, that too ap­pears re­mote, if his de­trac­tors like Madhav Nepal and Com­rade Prachanda spare him up to those de­ci­sive months. Ob­servers here spec­u­late that Oli will re­main in the cur­rent chair till he once again forcibly greets PM Modi in Janakpur. The vis­it­ing guest from In­dia shall bring nuts and bolts for PM Oli which shall be gifted to Mr. Nepal and Da­hal, the for­mer NOIDA dweller, who will be told to desta­bi­lize PM Oli as early as they in a com­bined man­ner could. Oli this shall be screwed. If that too fails, then the Nir­mala pant rape case and the CK Raut is­sue shall be mag­ni­fied in a man­ner which ul­ti­mately go out of con­trol from the po­lit­i­cal acu­men of the present gov­ern­ment and thus shall col­lapse of its own weight fa­cil­i­tat­ing the en­trance of yet an­other com­fort­ably In­dia friendly gov­ern­ment in Nepal as usual a la Gir­ija Koirala gov­ern­ment of the good old days of the Nepal’s tragic past. Our own source claims that PM Oli is a fa­tigued man now. He is ex­hausted. Mr. Nepal and Mr. Da­hal may pounce upon him eas­ily. This is what they “forcibly” pre­fer. The stage is be­ing set to desta­bi­lize PM Oli gov­ern­ment; how­ever, the ad­vent of the fes­tive sea­son is what has been im­ped­ing the “kick out” game. Hired In­dian war­riors have en­tered into the Nepali me­dia sec­tor which is def­i­nitely not to strengthen Nepal but in­stead weaken this coun­try so that Nepal for ever re­mains sub­servient to In­dia as usual. Many falsely be­lieve that PM Oli is a man close to Bei­jing to which he is not. In­deed, it is his diplo­macy that has kept the Chi­nese in il­lu­sion which has been forc­ing the Chi­nese of­fi­cials in Kathmandu and Bei­jing to take him as a very close man of the North­ern neigh­bor. But he is not hun­dred per­cent. But for the me­dia from the West, Oli is a China man. So be it. PM Oli’s days are num­bered ten­ta­tively. If any mir­a­cle saves him then we shall ask for an apol­ogy from our val­ued read­ers glob­ally. For­tu­nately, nei­ther the po­lice nor the Army in­sti­tu­tion pos­sess any sym­pa­thies for PM Oli which is suf­fi­cient to help ease the bur­den of Mr. Nepal and Mr. Da­hal aka Prachanda to bring PM Oli to the foot path. And very soon JN Khanal too is to join the un­seat PM Oli cav­al­cade. That PM Oli is go­ing down at best be said when one is given to un­der­stand that PM Oli and Com­rade Prachanda, the es­tranged coali­tion part­ners that they are by ac­ci­dent, are not given im­por­tance as and when they be­gin talk­ing on any topic. This means their pres­tige has al­ready taken a slide to what the friend across the bor­der wished. The time is to hit and run. We have been told that the bu­reau­cracy doesn’t lis­ten to PM’s or­ders. While the Prime Min­is­ter of neigh­bor­ing Pak­istan makes de­ter­mined prom­ises to end cor­rup­tion and nab the cor­rupt peo­ple, our PM Oli re­mains in his own world dream­ing some­thing that we the peo­ple shall never come to un­der­stand. But he is dream­ing per­haps the ab­surd-bon­homie re­la­tions with the South­ern Go­liath. Not in our life­time. “I as­sure my coun­try­men I will be un­spar­ing to the cor­rupt el­e­ments that have de­stroyed our coun­try. I prom­ise jus­tice to my peo­ple”. Oc­to­ber 7, 2018, Im­ran Khan Pak­istan Prime Min­is­ter at a press con­fer­ence in Lahore. Im­ran Khan has mes­mer­ized his peo­ple by de­liv­er­ing goods while our PM Oli too has kept the peo­ple en­gaged but by mak­ing sense­less com­ments that only ridicules the per­sona that pro­nounces such ab­surd. In sum, Oli is los­ing his charms but in­stead be­ing re­placed by ha­treds. Im­ran’s For­eign Min­is­ter Qureshi talks keep­ing his heads high with the US Sec­re­tary of State mike Pom­peo, how­ever, our FM Gyawali gets in­sulted from his In­dian coun­ter­part in New York but yet feels com­fort­able. The fear fac­tor per­haps. This is the dif­fer­ence in a ma­tured politi­cian and an el­e­vated po­lit­i­cal per­sona that Gyawali is. Gyawali is Oli’s man. In the mean time, there has been a great achieve­ment in the pol­i­tics of Korean penin­sula. The US Sec­re­tary of State straight headed to Py­ongyang and met the North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un. The two are re­ported to have good meet­ing for four hours. The In­ter­na­tional edi­tion of the Guardian says in part, “Kim Jong-un has said he ex­pects “great progress would surely be made” on is­sues be­tween North Korea and the US af­ter sec­re­tary of state Mike Pom­peo vis­ited Py­ongyang for “pro­duc­tive and won­der­ful talks”. The Guardian re­port fur­ther states that Kim “ex­plained in de­tail the pro­pos­als for solv­ing the de­nu­cle­ariza­tion is­sue”, ac­cord­ing to para­phrased re­marks doc­u­mented by the of­fi­cial of the Korean Cen­tral News Agency, KCNA, but nei­ther side has re­vealed those plans. Kim also said he was con­fi­dent re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries would “con­tinue to de­velop fa­vor­ably in the fu­ture” and ex­pected a se­cond sum­mit with Don­ald Trump to be held “sooner or later”. Pres­i­dent Trump too is ex­cited to meet baby Kimthe num­ber one dic­ta­tor, it is learnt. The two coun­tries will soon be­gin talks to ne­go­ti­ate the par­tic­u­lars of the meet­ing a la Sin­ga­pore which took place in the month of June, ac­cord­ing to South Korea’s pres­i­den­tial of­fice which was briefed by US of­fi­cials. “I look for­ward to see­ing Chair­man Kim again, in the near fu­ture,” Trump tweeted, say­ing Pom­peo had a “good meet­ing”. While writ­ing this story, Pom­peo is yet to brief his Pres­i­dent on his NK trip this time. Kim is ex­pected visit Rus­sia soon and Chi­nese pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping may make a trip to North Korea, ac­cord­ing to re­marks by South Korean pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in who met with Pom­peo late Sun­day. Mike Pom­peo upon meet­ing the North Korean leader Kim, headed to Repub­lic of Korea and briefed Pres­i­dent Moon Jae in about his talks with the leader of the soli­tary State. Demo­cratic Peo­ple's Repub­lic of Korea's (DPRK) leader Kim Jong Un is ex­pected to visit Rus­sia soon, Yon­hap re­ported on Mon­day, cit­ing Repub­lic

Korea (ROK) Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in. It came a day af­ter US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo trav­eled to Py­ongyang, as has al­ready been re­ported in the para­graphs above. Kim Jong Un may also visit China and seek his ad­vice on how to take steps ahead prior to the next Sum­mit with the US Pres­i­dent, it is widely be­lieved here in Nepal. China is more or less like a guardian of the North Korean leader. It will be this China visit of NK leader Kim that he will be ap­proached by Pres­i­dent XI to join the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive. Pres­i­dent XI is keen to en­gage the North Kore­ans in the OBOR projects. The NK leader has ten­ta­tively agreed to this China pro­posal. Both the DPRK and US said Pom­peo's visit and meet­ing with Kim paved the way for a se­cond Trump-Kim sum­mit. Where the meet shall take place is yet not con­firm how­ever, the two lead­ers may see each other this Oc­to­ber, re­ports leak­ing from the Blue House re­veal. No dis­cus­sion about the peace over­tures in Korean Penin­sula shall be com­plete if ob­servers miss the name of the real cat­a­lyst of the peace ini­tia­tive taken by the ROK Pres­i­dent Moon Jae –in who in ef­fect paved the way for all what has been hap­pen­ing since the Sin­ga­pore meet, and much ahead of that, be­tween Pres­i­dent Trump and NK leader Kim Jong Un. Trump and Kim are run­ning in the path built by Pres­i­dent Moon. Pom­peo later left for China to brief the Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties about his talks in the two Koreas. How­ever, China's for­eign min­is­ter Wang Yi has told straight the vis­it­ing U.S. Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo that the United States should stop what he called ground­less at­tacks on his coun­try's poli­cies. Wang Yi said he told Pom­peo dur­ing a meet­ing Mon­day that a shadow has been cast "over the fu­ture of China-U.S. re­la­tions." China and the United States are at odds over trade and Bei­jing's mil­i­ta­riza­tion of is­lands it claims in the South China Sea. Pom­peo, who ar­rived from North Korea, told Yi he wanted to fill him on his meet­ings with its leader, Kim Jong Un, and ef­forts to achieve the de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of the Korean Penin­sula. He ear­lier said "sig­nif­i­cant progress" was made dur­ing his visit to­ward an agree­ment for North Korea to give up its nu­clear weapons. China is dis­turbed with the US awk­ward be­hav­ior to­wards her. The US and China are not in good trade terms of late. Yet the US be­lieves that China will be part of the so­lu­tion to the North Korean cri­sis, the U.S. Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo said on Fri­day, brush­ing aside the pos­si­bil­ity that wors­en­ing U.S. ten­sions with Bei­jing could ham­per ef­forts to per­suade Py­ongyang to give up its nu­clear weapons. Mean­while, the China’s lead­ing daily, the Global Times has said , Chi­nese State Coun­cilor and For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi on Mon­day met with the vis­it­ing Mike Pom­peo, say­ing that China and the US should fol­low the right path of win-win co­op­er­a­tion rather than go astray to­wards con­flict and con­fronta­tion. A very high level meet also took place in Bei­jing in be­tween Mike Pom­peo and Yang Jiechi -a mem­ber of the Polit Bureau of the Com­mu­nist Party of China, CPC, and Direc­tor of the Of­fice of the For­eign Af­fairs Com­mis­sion of the CPC cen­tral com­mit­tee, who said that China-US ties stand now at a crit­i­cal junc­ture and face many chal­lenges. “China urged the US to prop­erly man­age dif­fer­ences based on mu­tual re­spect and to ex­pand co­op­er­a­tion with China on the ba­sis of mu­tual ben­e­fits. Yang was China’s for­eign min­is­ter long time back and had vis­ited Nepal in that Ca­pac­ity, ob­servers re­call. Mike Pom­peo also vis­ited Ja­pan and met with Prime Min­is­ter Shinjo Abe and FM Kono. In Tokyo-Oc­to­ber 6-7, 2018, Sec­re­tary Pom­peo dis­cussed with Abe and Kono on the next steps on DPRK en­gage­ment . The US and the Ja­pan side af­firmed com­mit­ment to the de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of the DPRK . Both sides af­firmed the strength of the US-Ja­pan Al­liance and vowed to con­tinue work­ing closely to ad­dress com­mon chal­lenges in the Indo-Pa­cific. Men of let­ters say that “great lead­ers don’t set out to be a leader, they set out to make a dif­fer­ence. This no­tion fits into the case of Im­ran Khan, the Prime Min­is­ter of Pak­istan who has set goals for his coun­try to be achieved in a cer­tain time frame. The de­ter­mi­na­tion with which he has been han­dling the na­tional pol­i­tics must have sen­si­tized the en­tire coun­try and its peo­ple. More so, his blunt speeches made in front of the me­dia men wherein he has vowed to bring to book the crim­i­nals who have looted the na­tion in the past in some way or the other too has found its re­flec­tion in Nepal and the peo­ple here have be­gun talk­ing that PM Oli should take some lessons on na­tion­al­ism by ac­cept­ing PM Khan as his teacher. What is the harm in learn­ing? If Modi can be his adored teacher then why not Im­ran Khan? Modi is talked to be un­e­d­u­cated, so says Ma­ha­ras­tra Con­gress­man San­jay Niru­pan, but yet Modi claims that he has grad­u­ated from the Delhi univer­sity and Im­ran Khan is a real grad­u­ate from the Ox­ford Univer­sity. So both were qual­i­fied than PM Oli sum­mar­ily speak­ing. Both be­long to SAARC re­gional body-the body which is count­ing its last breathe due to the dis­gust­ing habits of the In­dian regime which prefers BIMSTEC over SAARC. Nepal tried its best to re­vive SAARC, how­ever, Sushama scolded Pradip Gyawali which per­haps ten­ta­tively guar­an­tees the au­to­matic killing of the for­mer re­gional body-the SAARC. RIP SAARC. Pak­istan pre­pares for PM Im­ran Khan’s first China visit: Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan this Mon­day chaired a high­level meet­ing to de­lib­er­ate on his forth­com­ing visit to China and re­view the projects un­der the China-Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor. Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan said strength­en­ing the “all weather” Pak­istan-China friend­ship was cor­ner­stone of his coun­try’s for­eign pol­icy and said the ties be­tween the two coun­tries would fur­ther ex­pand in the days ahead. The prime min­is­ter is ex­pected to un­der­take the visit some­time this month. Prior to the visit, China has hinted that the in­clu­sion of the Saudi Ara­bia in the CPEC projects shall not dam­age China-Pak­istan re­la­tions. China has praised in­vest­ments of Saudi Ara­bia which she in­tends to in­vest in CPEC projects thus dis­pelling skep­ti­cisms, more so em­a­nat­ing from the In­dian and the Western me­dia, Is­lam­abad was risk­ing Bei­jing’s out­rage by invit­ing a third party to a strictly bi­lat­eral deal. China will sell 48 high-end mil­i­tary drones to its “all­weather ally” Pak­istan in what a mil­i­tary ob­server said will be the largest deal of its kind, of­fi­cial me­dia in Bei­jing re­ported on Tues­day. The cost of the deal was not re­vealed. This has come close on the heels of a big deal in be­tween Ru­sia and In­dia in the re­cent days. Wing Loong II, a high-end re­con­nais­sance, strike and multi-role en­durance un­manned air­craft sys­tem, is man­u­fac­tured by Chengdu Air­craft In­dus­trial (Group) Com­pany. The Un­manned Aerial Ve­hi­cle (UAV) will also be jointly man­u­fac­tured, state-run Global Times re­ported. China, an “all-weather ally” of Is­lam­abad, is the largest sup­plier of weapon sys­tem to the Pak­istan Army. Both the coun­tries also jointly man­u­fac­ture JF-Thun­der a sin­gle en­gine multi-role com­bat air­craft. This deal with China acts like what could be taken as a be­fit­ting “nu­clear de­ter­rence” in South Asia which shall en­sure the re­gion from the dada-giri of the In­dian es­tab­lish­ment. The an­nounce­ment by China to per­mit the sale of high­end mil­i­tary drones comes in the im­me­di­ate back­drop of In­dia’s move to ac­quire S-400 so­phis­ti­cated mis­sile de­fence sys­tems from Rus­sia, as stated in the ear­lier para­graphs. The deal was clinched dur­ing last week’s visit of Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin to New Delhi. It re­minded ob­servers in Nepal the re­vival of the for­mer USSR and the In­dia se­cu­rity pact that had been signed dur­ing Smt. Indira Gandhi. The deal for the ac­qui­si­tion of Chi­nese drones was an­nounced by Pak­istan Air Force’s Sherdils Aer­o­batic Team on its of­fi­cial Face book ac­count on Sun­day, the Global Times re­port said. It did not re­veal the cost of the deal, when it was struck or when the Wing Loong IIs will be de­liv­ered, it said. That’s all.

N.P. UPAD­HYAYA (Tele­graph Nepal ed­i­tor@ tele­graph­nepal.com)

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