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Panmunjom, Wuhan and forthcoming Trump-Kim interface

By M. R. Josse GAITHERSBURG, MD: The thrust of this valedictory column is directed to a few hot-button issues of global significance. As I hope to continue writing on Nepalese affairs following my return to Kathmandu soon, I wish now to flag a couple of broad-brush issues pertaining to Nepal. …

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Imminent crucial palavers in Korean DMZ and Wuhan

BY M. R. JOSSE GAITHERSBURG, MD: Although there is no dearth of comment-worthy developments unfolding here, I shall focus mainly on happenings relating to the upcoming summit Friday between the leaders of the two Korean states, which, coincidentally, takes place while leaders of China and India are to jawbone, informally, …

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Inexplicable ‘Free Tibet’ shadow over Oli’s India visit

BY M. R. JOSSE NEW YORK, NY: Just as yours faithfully was attempting to wrap his head around myriad aspects of Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli’s now-concluded three-day visit to India, he came across a startling report on the Swadeshnepal.com website about his meeting at the Nepalese Embassy reception, on …

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Oli’s India visit, Kim’s diplomacy and Trump’s Pyongyang moment

BY M. R. JOSSE NEW YORK, NY: On the eve of Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli’s official India visit one encounters the shop-worn argument about Nepali prime ministers ‘always’ visiting India ‘first’. While this bit of diplomatic hokum is freely bandied about, notably the myth-spinners fail to explain why Prime …

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Perceived chaos in America as Xi-Putin consolidate power

BY M. R. JOSSE NEW YORK, NY: Although things political back home are finally falling into place with the K.P. Sharma Oli-led coalition charging ahead on a steadier wicket than has been Nepal’s lot lately, a number of contradictory or worrisome out-of-kilter developments are perceptible. EU INTERFERENCE Topping the latter …

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‘Powerful’ Oli and a ‘Chinese-American’ world

BY M. R. JOSSE NEW YORK, NY: As winter morphs into spring significant transformations have concurrently been occurring in the politico-diplomatic sphere, both here and in Nepal. At home, of course, the big news seems to revolve around the perception that the newly installed prime minister K.P. Sharma Oli has …

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Catastrophes, shocks and conundrums

BY M. R. JOSSE NEW YORK, NY: A trifecta of catastrophes, shocks and conundrums constitutes the meat of this week’s column. Monday’s shocking air disaster at Tribhuvan International Airport – the biggest there in Nepal’s aviation history – in which 49 humans lost their lives and 22 suffered grievous injuries, …

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Uncertainties and opacity abound – far and near

BY M. R. JOSSE NEW YORK, NY: Metaphorically gazing out from New York one perceives a kaleidoscope of eye-catching developments – some more sparkling than others – emanating from Nepal and in its periphery. In order to accord due attention to them, one is perforce obliged to refer to a …

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In U.S., strategic issues overshadowed, not in South Asia

BY M. R. JOSSE TAMPA, FL: A flurry of sticky domestic issues in America has overshadowed strategic concerns, while in our neck of the woods, it is dawning on many the K.P. Sharma Oli-led government could be the precursor to a grim tussle between India and China. The tragic death …

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Get ready for a serious geopolitical scramble

BY M. R. JOSSE TAMPA, FL: Despite several comment-worthy developments here in the U.S. of A, this week’s column will focus on the goings-on back home hinging on UML chief K.P. Sharma Oli’s installation as Nepal’s chief executive two months after the Left Alliance’s magnificent electoral triumph in the first …

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