As India-China relations deteriorate over Doka La standoff, Centre looks to ramp up ties with Nepal

As India-China relations deteriorate over Doka La standoff, Centre looks to ramp up ties with Nepal

On Thursday, Nepal’s PM, Sher Bahadur Deuba, who paid a five-day state visit to India, received a welcome ceremony. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi received Deuba before the honor guard at the forefront of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Doka La. Image file from the Prime Minister of Nepal, Sher Bahadur Deuba. Reuters
Photo of Sher Bahadur Deuba. Reuters
Deuba must discuss with Modi to accelerate bilateral relations.

He was received at the airport by Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, a movement that is growing in importance and seems to reflect the importance India attaches to the visit, especially when relations between China are tense during Doka La.

According to a report published in the Hindustan Times newspaper, Deuba’s visit comes only days when Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang visited Nepal and the two sides signed several important agreements to increase energy and economic times. Deuba and Swaraj met in Kathmandu earlier this month and discussed the problem Doka, according to the report.

According to a report published in The Times of India, even as China is trying to exert influence in Nepal, which remains firmly neutral on Doka La, New Delhi seeks to counteract the impression of Beijing. Nepal, which has not taken a position on Doka La, should continue to do so.

Yang visited Kathmandu at the same time as Swaraj and pledged to complete a railway from Shigatse to Kerung near the border between Nepal and China in 2020 and has also committed RMB 1 billion and technical expertise for Nepal to rebuild the Kodari highway, According to the Times of India.

India and Nepal will sign four memorandums of understanding worth $ 250 million, which could eventually use in the reconstruction 1 billion that India had promised Nepal after the earthquake of 2015, India Times reported.

Nepal Prime Minister Modi must inform the political situation in his country, especially on the measures taken by his government to meet the aspirations of the madeshi community of Indian origin.

Nepal faces a political crisis since the adoption of a new constitution in September 2015. Madhesi, mostly Indians, oppose the new law because they fear marginalization by dividing land in seven provinces.

The madhesis protests from October of February 2015 to the year 2016 resulted in the closure of the main points of exchange with India, which has led to a shortage of essential supplies in the landlocked country. The blockade of commercial points with India ended in February after more than 50 people died in clashes with the police.

According to an editorial in The Indian Express, China has flooded Nepal with money for various infrastructure projects during the blockade and managed to bypass several commercial and transit transactions. However, the Doka La Standoff forces New Delhi to rethink its position.

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