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  • News Digest – International Relations & Foreign Affairs (January 7 – January 13, 2021)

    January 14, 2021

    CESIF Nepal

    Oli’s interview: In an exclusive interview with Zee News of India, Nepali PM Oli prioritised Nepal’s non-aligned foreign policy and also stressed on maintaining and resolving border issues with India. Furthermore, some analysists have critiqued that since his rivals – Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal, have secured China’s support, Oli has ...

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  • News Digest – International Relations & Foreign Affairs (December 31, 2020 – January 6, 2021)

    January 7, 2021

    CESIF Nepal

    Pradeep Gyawali to visit Delhi: After the Sixth meeting of Nepal-India Joint Commission was postponed in December due to internal party dispute, Pradeep Gyawali is set to visit New Delhi in January 2021. Even though the House of Representatives stands dissolved, experts argued that bilateral talks with India shouldn’t be put in the ...

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  • Time to rewrite the constitution

    December 31, 2020

    Ajaya Bhadra Khanal

    “It is time to move beyond the idea of political stability to the idea of constitutional stability.“ Prime Minister KP Oli’s move to dissolve Parliament has unleashed a phase of political uncertainty which could devour more than the legislative body. Oli’s political endgame is not clear; it has brought into play internal political conflict, ...

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  • News Digest – International Relations & Foreign Affairs (December 24 – December 30, 2020)

    December 31, 2020

    CESIF Nepal

    Chinese Ambassador seen lobbying once again: Since PM Oli dissolved the House of Representatives unconstitutionally, ambassador Yanqi has “stepped up” her meetings with Nepal’s political leadership. She first met with President Bidya Bhandari and then with NCP’s chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal. This doesn’t come as a surprise since the Chinese interest in Nepali ...

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  • News Digest – International Relations & Foreign Affairs (December 17 – December 23, 2020)

    December 25, 2020

    CESIF Nepal

    US-Nepal trade talks: US-Nepal held a virtual meeting to discuss customs, trade, intellectual property, trademark, e-commerce, financial service, investment promotion among other agendas during the fifth meeting of the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council. US agreed to provide support to increase the value of exportable goods. Furthermore, the two countries will ...

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  • News Digest – International Relations & Foreign Affairs (December 10 – December 16, 2020)

    December 21, 2020

    CESIF Nepal

    Loopholes in the Foreign Policy: Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali unveiled the foreign policy on December 6. However, party representatives, foreign policy observers, and experts have criticised the policy and questioned the government’s ability to implement it. Madhav Kumar Nepal, head of the ruling NCP’s foreign affairs department, shared that neither he nor any ...

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  • News Digest – International Relations & Foreign Affairs (December 3 – December 9, 2020)

    December 10, 2020

    CESIF Nepal

    Nepal-India bilateral treaty: On December 7, Nepal-India agreed to amend the bilateral transit treaty to boost connectivity and trade. This decision was taken during a meeting of the Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) on Trade, Transit, and Cooperation to Control Unauthorised Trade. The transit treaty will allow Nepal to reap benefits off the waterways, roadways, ...

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  • China’s Engagements in Nepal

    December 4, 2020

    Ajaya Bhadra Khanal

    November Analysis Chinese State Councilor and Defence Minister Wei Fenghe made a short visit to Nepal on Sunday November 29. There were discussions about whether Chinese Defense Minister’s visit to Nepal was a counter to increased Indian diplomatic initiatives or a regular scheduled visit. Reports in Nepali and Indian media claimed that his visit was ...

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  • India-Nepal Relations Warming up

    December 4, 2020

    Shraddha More

    November Analysis Summary November has been significant for Nepal in terms of its foreign relations. Four significant events set the core for the new trends in the future of Nepal’s bilateral relations with its neighbours and other superpowers—Joe Biden’s win at the US Presidential elections, Indian Army Chief Naravane’s visit, Indian Foreign Secretary Harshvardhan Shringla’s ...

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  • Nepal and International Relations

    December 3, 2020

    Ajaya Bhadra Khanal

    October Analysis Nepal and India Border disputes with India remained the key stumbling block to reset political relations between the two countries. A task force formed by the Nepal government to identify/gather evidence and suggest a strategy on border dispute submitted its report after three months listing evidences and recommending that Nepal engage in talks ...

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