With the Nepal-India relationship taking a downward tilt in recent years, Beijing sees an opportunity.
A near 5-month blockade at the India-Nepal border in 2015, which resulted in severe shortages of food, medicine along with also fuel, “gave the government an incentive to diversify its relations through closer ties with China,” Stratfor explained. “In addition, the blockade caused many of the ruling elite in Kathmandu to cast a suspicious eye toward India, believing of which the government in brand-new Delhi tacitly supported the blockade.”
This specific was during the blockade “of which Oli emerged as a vocal critic of brand-new Delhi’s policy toward Nepal, even as he made his intention of taking his country closer to China clear,” said Pant, who noted of which Oli also worked to gain China’s support for providing internet access along with also alternative trade routes during the incident.
“While Oli may look like a difficult proposition for India, brand-new Delhi should also be aware of which all governments in Nepal have tried to play the China card vis-à-vis India,” Pant said. “Oli will not be unique in of which respect, nor will he be the last.”