Nepal: Negotiating Hydro-Power with India and China

Auriol WEIGOLD

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
TypePrimary source assessment written by associates of the Future Directions International (FDI) research institute
Media of outputWritten work - Associate Paper
PublisherFuture Directions International Pty Ltd
Number of pages8
Place of PublicationFuture Directions International - online
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2016

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