Insult to injury: Nepal to now join military drill with China

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Nepal's decision to pull out of the joint Bimstec military drill + in Pune couldn't have come at a worse time for India with the Nepal army set to participate in a 12-day long military exercise with China later this month.

Nepal Army spokesperson Brig Gen Gokul Bhandaree told TOI on Monday that the second such joint exercise with China, Sagarmatha Friendship-2, was going to take place from September 17 to 28 in Chengdu.

"The main focus of the exercise is going to be on counter-terror operations," said Bhandaree.


Nepal's first such joint exercise with China took place in April last year leading to concerns in India over growing security cooperation between Nepal and its northern neighbour. The second Nepal-China joint exercise will come days after the Nepal government directed its military to withdraw from the first ever joint military drill by Bimstec countries.

The Nepal government, according to reports from Kathmandu, is not particularly pleased with attempts by India to boost security and defence cooperation within Bimstec.

India though is still smarting from Nepal's decision to withdraw at the last moment from the Bimstec exercise - when an advance military team from Kathmandu had already landed in India - and the exercise with China is unlikely to soothe nerves here.

As former foreign secretary Kanwal Sibal says, participating in the Bimstec exercise would have balanced the exercise with China. According to Sibal, it is unfortunate that Nepal gets satisfaction in provoking India needlessly.

"By taking such inconsiderate steps they will alienate Indian opinion more and the cost will be felt when Nepal faces a crisis in the future. They have to nurture the India relationship, not create distrust," says Sibal.


To be sure, Nepal hasn't scaled up its defence exercise with China from what it was last year. Like in 2017, and as Bhandaree said, not more than 20 soldiers will participate in the Chengdu exercise. India's own joint exercise with Nepal Surya Kiran involves over 300. It hasn't helped the Indian government's cause though that Nepal PM K P Sharma Oli is widely seen in the media as pro-China. Nepal's decision to pull out from the Pune exercise also came after Modi welcomed the "multi-national military field training exercise" at the Bimstec summit in Kathmandu last month.


That Modi government has also been under pressure from Nepal to unblock the Saarc summit process. Oli had taken up the issue with Modi during his visit to India in April. India though remains reluctant as the next summit is to be held in Pakistan. In an interview to ToI during his visit to India, Oli had said that SAARC had a future because it was the common initiative of the leaders of the region who had nurtured that platform of regional cooperation for the past 3 decades.


"Everyone also knows that the Saarc summit that was supposed to be held in Pakistan in 2016 has been postponed. Nepal, as the current Chair of Saarc, desires to see that we are able to revive the process. However, we are fully aware that this cannot happen unless every Saarc member desires so unanimously," Oli had said.


A source in Kathmandu also said India must stop looking at Bimstec as an alternative to Saarc. "To focus on terrorism is one thing but to participate in a joint military exercise quite another. The government as well as the opposition was unsure if Bimstec was meant for an exercise like that," said the official.
 
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Time to fence Nepal border if it's not done already.

MFN status should also be reviewed.

Red line should be made visible .
 

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Time to fence Nepal border if it's not done already.

MFN status should also be reviewed.

Red line should be made visible .
There are more subtle ways. Nepal has become a democracy and has a major Madhesi population. What is needed is to 'encourage' more democracy in Nepal.
 

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There are more subtle ways. Nepal has become a democracy and has a major Madhesi population. What is needed is to 'encourage' more democracy in Nepal.

Problem is our encouragement have to out do chinese encouragement.

And we are selling and buying chinese goods.
 
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There are more subtle ways. Nepal has become a democracy and has a major Madhesi population. What is needed is to 'encourage' more democracy in Nepal.

I don't think Nepal has actually created constituencies based on population though.





More than 50% of the population have less than 30% of the constituencies.

So it's already a failed democracy.
 

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Credit goes to Nerender Modi who has succesfully made an enemy out of every Neighbouring country.
Pakistanis now wish for a war with India. Wasnt like that before Modi.
 
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Credit goes to Nerender Modi who has succesfully made an enemy out of every Neighbouring country.
Pakistanis now wish for a war with India. Wasnt like that before Modi.
So, when's Pakistan launching the war to end all wars? And which states in South Asia are going to team up with you?
 
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Credit goes to Nerender Modi who has succesfully made an enemy out of every Neighbouring country.
Pakistanis now wish for a war with India. Wasnt like that before Modi.

Credit should go to china to be fair.

Fr trapping indian neighbors with their loan.
 

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Credit goes to Nerender Modi who has succesfully made an enemy out of every Neighbouring country.
Pakistanis now wish for a war with India. Wasnt like that before Modi.
Pakistan is only country in the world which is developing tactical nucks to bomb their own country if enemy invades.:D:D
 
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Credit goes to Nerender Modi who has succesfully made an enemy out of every Neighbouring country.
Pakistanis now wish for a war with India. Wasnt like that before Modi.
So when are you people throwing your ATMI BUMS on us?😁😁😁
Or your BUMS are only for HOT FARTS and BAD SMELLS on defence forums...😂😂😂
 
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Credit goes to Nerender Modi who has succesfully made an enemy out of every Neighbouring country.
Pakistanis now wish for a war with India. Wasnt like that before Modi.
All credit goes to indian citizens who elected Narendra Modi as PM of India who has successfully put fear into the minds of our enemies so much so that they wake up out of FEAR seeing him in their dreams....😁😁😁😂
 

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All credit goes to indian citizens who elected Narendra Modi as PM of India who has successfully put fear into the minds of our enemies so much so that they wake up out of FEAR seeing him in their dreams....😁😁😁😂
Nah. Nobody fears Modi or India in Pakistan. Not even the kids or enaunch fear India.
Your geographical size is 7 times bigger, population six times bigger, army is far more and better armed, still we will have a war with you anyday. That's not called "being afraid".
Point is the hope of settling problems with India via negotiations is fast dwindling and we are going back to General Zia era. We already re-Kindled Khalistan and more to come. Snipers kill Indian soldiers every day and more such measures to come. We all know where this will eventually lead.
 

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Nah. Nobody fears Modi or India in Pakistan. Not even the kids or enaunch fear India.
Your geographical size is 7 times bigger, population six times bigger, army is far more and better armed, still we will have a war with you anyday. That's not called "being afraid".
Point is the hope of settling problems with India via negotiations is fast dwindling and we are going back to General Zia era. We already re-Kindled Khalistan and more to come. Snipers kill Indian soldiers every day and more such measures to come. We all know where this will eventually lead.
Hmmm, we have seen this courage many times during drone strikes.
 

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I don't think Nepal has actually created constituencies based on population though.





More than 50% of the population have less than 30% of the constituencies.

So it's already a failed democracy.
Well that’s what we need to ‘facilitate’. Either redraw polling boundaries, or move voters.
They are new to this democracy thing. We can play it better.