Reason Behind This Ugly Turn in Relationship

  • Relationship took a beating in 2015, when India first got blamed for interfering in the Constitution drafting in Nepal.
  • India was also blamed for an “unofficial blockade” in the Madhesis issue, this generated widespread resentment against the country.
  • The politicians in Nepal exploited Nepali Nationalism and anti-Indianism successfully.
  • China seized the opportunity- In the past, China maintained a link with the Palace and its concerns were primarily related to keeping tabs on the Tibetan refugee community.
  • Now, that the monarchy is abolished, China has shifted its attention to the political parties, as well as institutions like the Army and Armed Police Force.
  • Today, China’s foreign policy is more assertive and China considers Nepal as an important element in its ever expanding footprint.