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From The Nepali Press
China gets what it wants

Ever since Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal resigned from the government, the strategists in Beijing had been trying to reinstate him or at least have a government with Maoist participation. With the election of UML's Jhala Nath Khanal, who is not much liked in Delhi, Beijing can claim its first diplomatic victory for the year. Beijing did not trust ex-PM Madhav Kumar Nepal to address its security issues in Tibet and had always seen him as Delhi's candidate. The state-controlled China Daily even commented on Madhav Nepal as 'a prime minister who works according to Delhi's strategies'. But after Nepal's resignation, Beijing formally thanked him for playing an important role in strengthening mutual ties between the two countries.

The officials of the Communist Party of China, who came to Nepal often, told the Maoists that they had made a mistake by walking out of government. In fact the Chinese leaders even advised Dahal to forge an understanding with Delhi if that was what it took to get back to power. Beijing had taken Dahal's exit from the government as Delhi's victory and therefore has been pressuring the Maoists not to forsake the peace and constitution-writing process at any cost. Beijing has made clear its disapproval of the way Dahal meddled with the army, to the point of losing leadership of government, and has advised the Maoists not to take the risk of a 'people's revolt' again.

Apart from the inability of the parties to reach a consensus, it was also due to geopolitics that the election process remained inconclusive for seven months. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh sent special envoy Shyam Saran to put together a 'democratic alliance' excluding the Maoists. In response, China sent a secretariat member of the communist party, He Yong, to counter the move. "China will not interfere in Nepal's internal matters and will not tolerate it if others try to do so", Yong warned during his visit.

It was after this that the Chinese effort to engineer a Dahal or Khanal-led UML-UCPN (Maoist) government gathered speed. While India was trying to keep the Maoists at bay, China was quietly working to build a leftist alliance. Chinese officials held several meetings with supporters of Dahal and Khanal in UML. In the meetings held with Khanal confidante Yubaraj Gyawali and UML representatives in Beijing, Yong advised forming a UML-UCPN (Maoist) coalition.

Dahal tried hard to win back Delhi's trust. He agreed to send back UNMIN and keep the ex-combatants under the Special Committee. Only after all these moves failed did Dahal decide to back Khanal.

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1. who cares
if china has really backed this alliance then this will hurt china and help india.


* china has friends in nepal cause of its non middling policy.

* may be you all have noticed that when nepalese (politicians including commies) visit china, they look more tense, scared, uncomfortable. why? and what does this mean? what does this lead to? if you dont know, you need to retire.

* china may know that majority of nepalese support democracy. and on the other hand china has been supporting evils like n korea, burma who torture their own people .......... egypt's dictator had been supported by US and so he was sidelined so easily. but on the other hand in burma, many monks got killed, tortured, disappeared. ............. so i do not think nepalese will be too comfortable if some evil in nepal gets too close with china or china getting too close with evils in nepal.

* in the history of nepal, maoist is the biggest evil. even greater than the ranas. ranas used to kill those who went against them but maosit even kills them who do not support them. ........ and in the case of no. too, maoist have killed far more than ranas ever did during 104 yr................. so what will happen when china backs maosit?

so what do you think will nepalese do to save their freedom, life?

(11 JAN 2013 - 17 JAN 2013)