After a lengthy period of poor bilateral relations between India and Nepal, repaired by Prime Minister Modi’s 2014 visit to Kathmandu, another period of disengagement followed as Nepal introduced a new constitution during rapid changes of Prime Ministers. China had made overtures to Nepal that led to agreements on a key hydro-power project and Nepalese acquiescence to other important Chinese projects, such as the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative. Later, China judged Nepal not to have fully complied and cancelled or postponed President Xi’s scheduled visit to Kathmandu. Instead, the Nepali Prime Minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, known as Prachanda, visited New Delhi in September 2016 and a number of agreements were reached, articulated in a Joint Statement that revitalised the relationship and energised several flagging hydro-power agreements. Prime Minister Modi, host of the BRICS Summit held in Goa in October, devised a plan to bring Prachanda and Xi together on the sidelines the meeting. Nepal then reverted to its earlier intention of balancing its India and China relationships.
|Type||Primary source assessment written by associates of the Future Directions International (FDI) research institute|
|Media of output||Written work - Associate Paper|
|Publisher||Future Directions International Pty Ltd|
|Number of pages||8|
|Place of Publication||Future Directions International - online|
|Publication status||Published - 8 Dec 2016|