BIMSTEC: Did Nepal snub India for China?

BIMSTEC: Did Nepal snub India for China?

Beijing, Nepal's last minute decision to withdraw from India-led regional military drills is indicative of the struggle facing the South Asian nation's new government as it tries to strike a balance in its relations with India and China, diplomatic observers said. Sandwiched between the world's two most populous countries, Nepal is in the early stages of a new democracy and while there might have been some suggestions of a political move towards Beijing and away from New Delhi, its new leaders appear yet to have found their feet, said a report in the South China Morning Post. Sworn in February, the ruling party is a coalition of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist- Leninist) and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre), and headed by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. In his previous election campaign in 2015, Oli was outspoken about his desire to increase ties with China reduce Nepal's dependence on India.

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