China Struggles with Belt and Road Pushback

China, in an implicit recognition that at least some of its Belt and Road-related projects risk trapping target countries in debt or fail to meet their needs, has conceded that adjustments may be necessary. "It's normal and understandable that development focus can change at different stages in different countries, especially with changes in government. So …

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Nepal Is Teaching India a Lesson by Keeping BIMSTEC in Check

In a modern-day geopolitical example of David versus Goliath, tiny Nepal is tacitly teaching the world’s second-most-populous country a lesson by refraining from this week’s BIMSTEC (The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) multilateral military drills in India, which sends the Great Power the important message that it shouldn’t exploit regional …

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Nepal’s Anti-Conversion Law Is More About National Security Than Christianity

Nepal’s anti-conversion law just came into effect. The new restrictions were originally promulgated late last year and outlaw proselytization practices that are understood as implicitly targeting the historically Hindu country’s rapidly growing community of Christian evangelicals despite ostensibly being aimed at protecting the feelings of religious believers. A key component of the legislation decrees that …

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Is Nepal a Source of Competition or Cooperation Between India and China?

From June 19 through 24 of this year, the prime minister of Nepal, K. P. Sharma Oli, accompanied by ministers of the economic block of the government was on an official visit to China, at the invitation of his Chinese colleague, Li Keqiag The eminent Nepalese guest was received by PRC President Xi Jingping. As …

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Pakistan’s Financial Crisis Puts China’s Belt and Road on the Spot

Increased Pakistani dependence on China to help it avert resorting to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to avoid a financial and economic crisis spotlights fears that the terms of Chinese investment in massive Belt and Road-related projects would not pass international muster. Concerns that China’s US$ 50 billion plus investment in Pakistani infrastructure and energy, …

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Driven by India into China’s Arms, Is Nepal the New Sri Lanka?

“This looks like China, doesn’t it?” Deputy Inspector General Mandip Shrestha has his chest puffed out as he gives a tour of Nepal Armed Police Force’s freshly minted training academy. A swanky sprawl complete with a helipad, swimming pool, football ground, shooting range, soundproof meeting rooms, giant auditoriums and elegant red brick buildings, the hilltop campus …

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Can India Offer its Neighbors an Alternative to China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’?

As China continues to develop its ‘One Belt, One Road’ Initiative (OBOR), its main competitor in the region, India, is working on its own international infrastructure projects. These are aimed at strengthening India’s influence in the region and providing an alternative to OBOR, which India does not wish to be a part of. India is not …

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China Strengthens Influence on Indian Frontier

As it is known, all the states bordering with India are the zones of the Indian-Chinese struggle for the economic, political, and military dominance (except for Pakistan – a traditional opponent of India either with or without China). Even those that have traditionally cooperated with India, such as Bangladesh, the Maldives Republic, Nepal, and Sri …

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A police officer stands guard as officials start counting votes in Kathmandu’s city hall a day after parliamentary and provincial elections in Nepal. December 8, 2017. Photo: Reuters / Navesh Chitrakar

Nepal, Maldives Poised to Move Out of Indian Orbit

The South Asian region’s political map is transforming phenomenally. The early counting from Nepal’s parliamentary elections, which concluded on Thursday, suggests that the Left Alliance, which comprises the country’s communist parties, is surging ahead and will form the next government in Kathmandu. The Left Alliance is notionally ‘pro-China’ in outlook. Simultaneously, the President of the Maldives, …

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