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China’s rising global influence: stray reflections

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By MR Josse …………………………………………………………….. KATHMANDU: When there has been an abrupt, externally-driven change of government here due to alarms set off by China’s perceived lengthening shadow south of the Himalayas, let us chew some intellectual cud on China’s fast expanding, global sway. Let me initiate this exposition by referring to …

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Is a ‘Great Game’ over Nepal, a la Curzon, on the cards?

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: At the conclusion of my column last week on the ‘Prexit’ maneuver, I had briefly referred to the ‘Great Game’, arguing that Prachanda (Maoist chief) and Deuba (NC captain) had willy-nilly been co-opted into the ‘Great Game’, a phrase coined by British Viceroy Lord Curzon to …

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India-inspired ‘Prexit’ gambit targets China

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: Maoist boss Prachanda’s decision to exit (or ‘Prexit’) the coalition led by Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli, with a view to toppling it, is aimed, essentially, at undermining Sino-Nepali relations heretofore on the verge of a dramatic and exciting take-off. That Prachanda combined his gambit to …

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: I venture this brief exegesis on the recent two-day “Eminent Persons Group” (EPG) meeting on Indo-Nepal relations in Kathmandu traversing a route many will find unusual: Moscow’s blistering reaction to NATO’s decision to put four battalions in Poland and the Baltic states, perceiving NATO’s expansion into …

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Open border: open invitation for assorted terrorists!

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By MR Josse KATHMANDU: In this space last week, I endeavoured to identify a few basic geopolitical lessons from the stunning 23 June, 2016 Brexit verdict. One was encapsulated, thus: “It is simply suicidal for Nepal to continue the myth that our open border with India – with the second …

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Brexit: key takeaways for ‘naya’ Nepal

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BY M.R. JOSSE KATHMANDU: The outcome of the historic 23 June referendum backing UK’s exit from the EU – 52% to 48% – has had a seismic and global impact. Its ripple effects have been manifested far and wide, with reactions broadly fluctuating between the untrammeled joy, primordial fear and …

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Importance of getting your geopolitical sums right

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KATHMANDU: Ripple effects from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s fourth scurry to the United States are many – some visible, others not. Included in the former category is that a day following his ‘historic’ address to a joint session of Congress, the US Senate refused to recognise India as a …

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Sino-Indian rivalry in Nepal essentially geopolitical

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KATHMANDU: Over the past several months – and particularly in the wake of Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli’s official visit to China in March this year – there has been a steady drumbeat of inflamed rhetoric and propaganda exercised over China’s increased presence/activity in a Nepal steadily but determinedly escaping …

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Arresting developments on geopolitical chessboard

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By M.R. Josse KATHMANDU: In this column’s maiden appearance attention was drawn to the need to recognise that it is imperative to manage the inherent competition for influence and geopolitical advantage between India and China in Nepal before it assumes destabilising proportions. Against that backcloth, it was gratifying that former …

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A sorry, tell-tale anniversary in post-quake Nepal

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By MR Josse GAITHERSBURG, MD: Penning this on the anniversary of Nepal’s devastating quakes of April-May 2015 – estimated to have killed nearly 9,000 people and wrought damage worth $ 7 billion – one is obliged to assert that their most salient collective feature is their damning verdict on the pernicious …

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