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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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The ambassador supreme and mission creep

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By Maila Baje If India was expecting to reset its relationship with Nepal with the appointment of a new ambassador, then the omens are not good. The reverberations of protests along the border, a day after Indian security forces fatally shot a Nepali man who was protesting their presence on …

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The Tarai agenda

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In the recent past, vice chairman BhimRawalof the UML party had shared one information that he had received a report about the Patna meeting that was attended by the leaders of the Tarai based parties, who are demanding amendment of the constitution; those who are campaigning for a separate Madheshstate; …

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Internal Crises & Foreign Relations

By Prabasi Nepali “A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order” The above is the title of the new book by Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). In spite of the title, the book is not primarily on American foreign …

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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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Oli wants back in: Will he be the same man?

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By Maila Baje Taking a leaf from former king Gyanendra, ex-premier Khadga Prasad Oli the other day sought to plant new seeds of national reassurance. “Some forces may have succeeded in removing the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist from power, but they have not been able to remove us from …

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Daylight loot in “loktantra”!

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By PR Pradhan “Loktantra” has become synonymous of corruption, commission, bad governance, among others. It seems, the political leaders don’t go to the government to serve the nation but they go to the government to destroy the nation. In the last 11 years of “loktantra”, Nepal is going down in …

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Trump Faces Major Challenges

By Prabasi Nepali The Korean Pivot: Seoul’s Strategic Choices and Rising Rivalries in Northeast Asia The above is the title of a discussion paper published by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Washington, D.C. The writers are of the opinion that as U.S.-China relations intensify and as the North Korean …

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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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Uniting for the next split? Let’s hope not

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By Maila Baje Emerging from its much-publicized unity convention, the right-of-centerRastriyaPrajatantra Party (RPP) is seeking to project the image of your normal political party. And the Big Three political parties have contributed much to the normalization process. From the balminess and banter the Nepali Congress, Unified Marxist Leninist and Maoist-Center …

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