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Imbibe the lessons of history and geography!

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: In this valedictory column yours truly will flag issues relating to the recent formation of a foreign policy review task force – naturally ‘high-level’ as is the wont these rhetorically extravagant days – that, our national news agency informs, is mandated to produce a document focusing …

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China’s expanding global heft: implications for Nepal, India

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: This week just over has been a dramatic one dominated by the tense standoff between North Korea and the United States, against the backdrop of the failure of Pyongyang’s latest missile test following the display of nearly 60 missiles at an eye-popping military parade on Saturday …

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Key multiple key signals from Mar-a-Lago

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: Key multiple messages have been transmitted by US President Trump during and immediately following his important April 6-7, 2017 summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago, the former’s luxury home at Palm Beach, Florida. First, Trump’s April 7 decision ordering cruise missile strikes from warships …

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OBOR: Centrepiece of Chinese diplomacy and Xi’s visionary leadership

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By MR Josse   KATHMANDU: OBOR – or ‘One Belt, One Road’ – is Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visionary initiative explained by Chinese academic Chen Xiaochen as geared to speeding “economic development and globalization of the Eurasian continent, and other regions of the world, by advancing policy coordination, infrastructure connectivity, …

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Kim provocation cements Sino-America rapprochement

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: The latest twist to the convoluted North Korean nuclear weapons/missile saga could hardly have been more starkly underscored than by the exquisite timing of North Korea’s latest provocation: a successful rocket engine test supervised by the jubilant dictator Kim Jong-un, while visiting US Secretary of State …

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Will Modi’s foreign policy become more audacious?

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: Will Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi – flush from his spectacular electoral showing in state assembly elections, especially in UP – become more assertive, audacious or reckless with respect to handling Indian foreign/security policy? While we shall know the answer soon enough, I wish to focus …

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Sino-Indian relations: an update

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: Yu Ning of Global Times suggested that “India should have an open mind” towards the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) initiative which purportedly provides an important opportunity “not only for the potential economic benefits it brings to China and Pakistan, but also because it allows greater …

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Towards a trilateral world order?

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: Even before the end of the Cold War, the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact and the collapse of Communism in the USSR, international relations pundits were in broad agreement that the post-Second World War bipolar world order would inexorably give way to multi-polarity – after a …

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Savouring a delectable geopolitical smorgasbord

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: The past week has been fecund in serving up a rich geopolitical smorgasbord. There has been such a profusion of delectable geopolitical offerings that it will only be possible to ‘taste’ just a handful. Among them are observations by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif who reminded …

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Flashback: Sikkim’s ‘merger’, Quislings and related musings

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: On 10 February, 2017 the state-owned Rising Nepal in its ’50 Years Ago’ column carried a RSS-AFP news item datelined Gangtok reminding that the Maharaja (Chogyal) of Sikkim, Palden Thondup Namgyal, at his monthly press conference, made public his intention of proceeding to New Delhi to …

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