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Ahead of Chinese PM’s Nepal visit, India’s secret agents rush to Kathmandu

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 26, 2011

The spokesperson at the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu, Ms. Apoorva Srivastava was quick enough to reject the presumption that Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai is arriving Kathmandu, Saturday November 26, 2011 under a veiled pretext.

She claimed, talking to Nayapatrika Daily, that Mathai is arriving Nepal in connection with the arrival of Finance Minister Pranab Kumar Mukherjee from India.

India’s Finance Minister Sri Pranab Mukherjee is landing Kathmandu, November 27, 2011 to sign the much publicized and highly controversial Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement with Nepal (DTAA).

However, the arrival of Foreign Secretary from New Delhi a day in advance and in lieu of Finance Secretary is not unusual because it’s a part of India’s diplomatic game to befool the smaller neighbor, claim experts in Nepal.

A dangerous game must have been in offing.

It is presumed that Secretary Mathai is being sent to Kathmandu to collect as much information as is possible on the forthcoming visit of Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao to Nepal, add experts.

In all likelihood, PM Wen will arrive in Kathmandu December 20, 2011 for a two day state visit.

Headache in India has already begun.

Mathai will also convey India’s annoyance over Nepal’s vote in favor of China for a five-year term at the UN’s Joint Inspection Unit in a voting held last Monday. India’s Gopinathan bagged victory over his Chinese rival.

“It is altogether a different matter that an Indian candidate won the seat but Nepal’s vote in favor of China makes it clear that Nepal as an independent nation is free to make its own decisions,” foreign policy experts claim. NOIDA investment waning. Read the rest of this entry »

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Russia’s Putin Visits Beijing: Friendly Neighbors or Strategic Competitors?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 11, 2011

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Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (C) and China's Premier Wen Jiabao (L) inspect an honour guard during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 11, 2011 (Photo: Takuro Yabe / POOL / AFP)

Regular readers of stories from China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency know that relations between China and nearly every country whose leader visits Beijing merit a positive appraisal. “Malawi treasures its friendship with China and is grateful for China’s selfless support for Malawi’s national development,” gushed one Xinhua article last year, while another on Oct. 11 noted that “China and Namibia have become ‘all-weather’ friends.” Today, as Russia’s Vladimir Putin began a two-day trip to China accompanied by a 160-member delegation, a Xinhua op-ed piece proclaimed: “China-Russia cooperation conducive to a more balanced world.” The Chinese media group splashed “rarely-seen photos” of Putin and his family members of its website homepage, along with a link to a close-up of the Russian leader captioned: “Cute or cool, another face of Russian Prime Minister Putin.”

As evidence of this “more balanced world,” Xinhua pointed to China and Russia’s joint rejection of a U.N. draft resolution on Syria that would have condemned Damascus for its deadly crackdown on protestors. Xinhua also opined that “as key members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and leading emerging nations, China and Russia have played an important role in shaping a multipolar world and fostering democratization of international order.” The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is a grouping of China, Russia and Central Asian nations that presents an alternate security alliance to NATO. Closer Russian-Chinese ties could provide a counterbalance to relations with the West.

Ahead of Putin’s China visit, some $7 billion in trade deals were discussed, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry. (China is now Russia’s top trading partner, and trade will likely surpass $70 billion this year.) Further economic cooperation is expected to be finalized during Putin’s China stop—the Russian Prime Minister’s first trip abroad since he announced a controversial leadership plan in which he would try to reclaim the more important title of President next year. Read the rest of this entry »

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