8 November 2016: There are signs of a rapidly deteriorating relationship between Nepal and China amid reports of a frustrated and angry China questioning Nepal’s commitment to its one-China policy.
China has also taken exception to the “behaviour” of a particular Nepal government minister as well as that of the president of Nepali Congress which the communist nation believes is in violation of Nepal’s traditional China policy.
It is no secret that China was on alert the moment Pushpa Kamal Dahal alias Prachanda replaced a more pro-China prime minister KP Sharma Oli last August.
The Embassy of China in Kathmandu has apparently approached Nepal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to register its serious objections about the “anti-China activities” which allegedly are being allowed by the Government of Nepal, says a report published by a Kathmandu-based daily.
“There had never been this level of mistrust between Nepal and China,” a highly-placed government source was quoted by Nagarik Dainik. China had never presented itself this strongly in relation to Nepal’s practice of one-China policy, the report further said quoting the unidentified ‘source’.
According to the Nepali-language newspaper, the activities of minister Bimalendra Nidhi has also raised some eyebrows at the Chinese embassy. However, the “embassy representative” reportedly failed to specify any particular action of deputy prime minister Nidhi but maintained that “he is negative towards China on the whole”.
China also appears to be angry with the fact that Nepalese authorities allowed Taiwanese flag during an art exhibition at the Kathmandu-based Siddhartha Art Gallery on November 6.
Nagarik says China is equally irked by the decision taken by Pushpa Kamal Dahal Government to announce public holiday on the occasion of the visits by the Indian and Chinese presidents.
The Chinese side expressed displeasure that the childish decision was taken despite the fact that no dates for the visit by president Xi Jinping had been decided.
Likewise, the Chinese embassy has also expressed displeasure that former prime minster Sher Bahadur Deuba met with the prime minister of the Tibetan government in exile. The alleged meeting took place in Goa when Mr Deuba was attending a conference organised by India Foundation.