By Our Reporter
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s Goa visit to attend the BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach Summit earlier this month failed to be productive in terms of ensuring Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Nepal visit.
Before departing to Goa, the PM had told the people that he would return to Nepal with the message that President Xi would visit Nepal within this year.
Although he held bilateral talks with the Chinese President, he was unable to convince the latter to pay visit to Nepal at the earliest possible. The Chinese President responded in a diplomatic way that he was ready to visit Nepal at any convenient period.
Earlier, the Chinese President was expected to visit Nepal en route to Goa but he instead visited Bangladesh. Xi’s Nepal visit in October was suspected after the fall of the KP Oli-led government in July.
Even the Dahal-Xi meeting was not free from controversy as Indian PM Narendra Modi unexpectedly dropped into the room where PM Dahal and the Chinese President were holding talks. A few section of media and diplomats in Kathmandu termed the unexpected entry of Modi in the room as an Indian game to prevent Nepal from establishing any relations with China without the Indian notice.
Moreover, PM Dahal’s claim that he utilised the ‘rare moment’ to put forth a proposal for trilateral relations between Nepal, India and China look suspicious as the Indian reaction went against his claim.
It is apparent that India has always been against any trilateral relations between the three countries. India that has been opposing the ‘One Belt One Road’ initiatives of China can never be ready to agree with such a proposal.
India wants to be regional power with the support of the US, Chinas rival and India always sees China as its rival, as such India will not be ready to work together with the two nations. Moreover, India believes that Nepal is an India protected nation and thus the Indian establishment wants Nepal should not lean towards China.
Whatever PM Dahal claimed, there is no possibility of trilateral cooperation between Nepal, India and China, neither is there any chance for Nepal to welcome Xi in near future.
While informing the House about his visit to Goa, PM Dahal termed his meeting with Xi and Modi in the hotel room as a rare and pleasant moment and he felt proud of the meeting.
He further said that his meeting with Modi and Xi together was like meeting God while searching for stone. Such views of the PM have raised several questions.
First thing is since when the communist leader who even did not mark Dashain started to accept the existence of God. As a head of the government, he should have put tika in the national festival. What he did this Dashain has hurt the people. Instead of marking traditional festival and worshipping Gods, Dahal had once rumoured to have worshipped a buffalo, which is a symbol of demon in Hindu mythology.
Second thing, sidelines are common in any summit and meeting two leaders at once is not unusual practice.
Hence, there was no need to be excited and felt glorious for meeting the Chinese and the Indian leaders in Goa summit. The PM’s claim at the House only looked childish.