A Magnetic Repulsion
- China used its influence with Prachanda to ensure that PM Oli does not lose his seat
- On the other hand, Oli is unhappy with India for having dealt with those seeking to oust him
Last week, with China’s interceding on his behalf, Nepalese prime minister Kharga Prasad Sharma Oli survived a bid to throw him out of power—underlining how the dragon has steadily come to gain leverage in the Himalayan nation. The events also foregrounded intense Sino-Indian rivalry over Nepal—for, in the run-up to the bid, a series of meetings of Nepalese leaders disenchanted with Oli had been held in Delhi, prompting him to cry foul. India’s ‘diplomacy’, such as it is, has come off worse in this instance, needless to add.