Nepal gets access to China ports, analysts say it's a 'huge deal' | Nepal | Al Jazeera
The agreement made by Nepal with China to join its global Belt and Road countries as guaranteed by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea . Nepal India should stop worrying about Nepal's ties with China. Kathmandu, Nepal - China has granted Nepal access to its land and seaports as a "turning point" in bilateral relations between the two neighbours. . see is that not only Nepal but India, Pakistan and the United States have. Oli, however, will try to deepen relations with China to gain more During the protests, the United Democratic Madhesi Front, a political.
The upcoming visit by Modi to Nepal can be analyzed from various angles.
New outlook in Nepal’s relations with India and China
There is no doubt that the primary aim of his visit is to reassure that relations between Nepal and India are back to normal after the blockade, although India has never admitted that it had imposed any sort of blockade.
The landslide victory of the Left Alliance in the Nepalese elections necessitated that India suspend the policy of carrying the constitutional amendment agenda of the Madesh-based parties for the time being so as to improve its relations with the Oli government.
In a symbolic gesture, Modi is being sympathetic to the Madesh-based parties by arriving first at Janakpur, the capital of the province and where these parties run the provincial government. Modi must be aware by now that nationalism is one of the core attributes of every Nepali citizen due to the proud fact that Nepal was never colonized in its history.
The Indian blockade severely dented that sentiment and hit the daily lives of the Nepali people in utter disregard of the rights of landlocked countries as guaranteed by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Nepal has reiterated on several occasions that any sort of activity against India will not be allowed to emanate from its soil. If Modi really wants to reinvigorate ties with Nepal, he needs to push the reset button and be more accommodating. While Nepal faces challenges in upgrading its infrastructure along the Chinese border, which lies in some of the most difficult terrains in the world, analysts say the deal could be transformative, helping advance Nepal's international trade.
The Chinese wanted to move ahead with the protocol not just to expand their businesses, but also out for their security concerns in the Tibetan region," said Purna Basnet, chief editor of Nepal Khabar website. The deal has boosted the confidence of Nepal's ruling class," he told Al Jazeera. This is a huge deal not only for Nepal but also for China. Nepal also wanted to send a message to India that it has an alternative Purna Basnet, the chief editor of Nepal Khabar website Critics, however, raised concerns regarding the long distances Nepal-bound cargo trucks have to cover from the Chinese ports, with the nearest one located 2,km away.
In comparison, Haldia port near the eastern Indian city of Kolkata, which Nepal uses for most of its imports, is located km south of Kathmandu. Bachhu Paudel, president of Nepal Trans Himalaya Border Commerce Association, a trade group, said the lack of an all-weather road connecting China is a major constraint.
The road hasn't been repaired. After the earthquake, it had been hit by floods and landslides," he told Al Jazeera. Our customs office operates under a shed.Discourse on Nepal China Relationship with Prof. Dai Yonghong, Sichuan University, China
In addition to that, traders also face trouble at the Indian ports," he told Al Jazeera. As a landlocked country, Nepal is entitled to the transit rights, but we have been denied that Hari Bhakta Sharma, president of Confederation of Nepalese Industries "Though it's only transit, we are required to submit documents including invoices to the port authority.
It delays the shipment. It was then that decision was made to scientifically demarcate the boundaries and amicably settle all disputes including the ownership of Sagarmatha-the highest peak of the world in favour of Nepal, and also to open embassies in respective capitals. It is a matter of great satisfaction that Nepal and China have been working closely on issues of common interests and mutual benefit at bilateral, regional and international levels. Balanced relations China recognises the geopolitical realities of Nepal and wants Kathmandu to maintain good relations with India.
Nepal judges every issue on its merit and takes positions in the larger interest of the country.
China–Nepal relations - Wikipedia
Nepal formally joined the Belt and Road Initiative with the signing of a memorandum of understanding in May under the NC-Maoist Center coalition government. The agreements on construction of Syafrubesi-Kiyrong highway-the second highway linking Nepal with China and agriculture cooperation were two of the seven agreements signed in Kathmandu during the visit of Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji to Nepal in May Details of projects under BRI, and other agreements then signed and modalities for implementation of these projects with Chinese investments should be worked out during the current visit.
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These developments should be analysed in an integrated reality in official talks with Chinese side. PM Oli must raise the issue of ballooning trade deficit with China and take decisions on remedial measures.