Looking at BRI through our own lens

Should we uncritically imbibe the western views on the BRI and a debt trap? Why not evaluate our own history first?

Biswas Baral

The President goes to China

China does not want to buttress the accusation it is looking to trap smaller countries in debt. Yet it will do just about enough to keep Nepal in the BRI orbit

Biswas Baral

Americans are coming too

Did the Americans discuss with Dahal his possible role in enforcing the Indo-Pacific Strategy in Nepal?

Biswas Baral

Dahal has another narrow escape

The Americans felt the need to humor the co-leader of the ruling party at a time they are looking to increase their footprint in Nepal

Biswas Baral

Bracing ourselves for Modi again

Nepal should start planning for another stint of Narendra Modi, which could be a good thing

Biswas Baral

Many challenges of the Oli government on FDI

The communist government faces the challenge of demonstrating full commitment to protecting foreign investment and adopting liberal economic policies. It should also follow through on past commitments

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

Oli on the mark

The agreement has stolen the thunder of the firebrand revolutionary that was CK Raut, and turned him into just another opportunistic politician


Why the ban on CPN is justified

The government could not look on helplessly when its citizens were being killed and openly extorted


Foreign policy via president

The communist government seems intent on using the good offices of the president to score its diplomatic goals

Biswas Baral

Moving on from debt-trap diplomacy

The US is reminding Nepal of the dangers of the BRI when the Chinese themselves are skeptical of the kind of big infrastructure projects Nepal wants them to undertake

Biswas Baral

Nepal’s abiding faith in SAARC

Unlike in India, there is still a huge constituency in Nepal that believes SAARC remains the best platform to deal with regional issues

Biswas Baral

One year of the Oli government

Promising big things has always been PM Oli’s strong suit. It is in follow- through that he falters


US treading on Maoist sensitivities

Dahal and top leaders of the former Maoist party have always suspected ‘needless intervention’ of western powers in Nepal’s transitional justice

Biswas Baral

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