International Relations

Q. Examine the significance of Indo-Nepal relationship in managing Indo -Sino relation. 5 marks

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  1. Amid dokalam Nepal is set to become the next faceoff between india and china . Nepal on its part has to choose from 2 options it could become a battlefield between two great powers or it could play one power against the other so far the latter option is being used. China wants to expand its presence into areas seen as India’s traditional stronghold India would seek further cooperation to ensure a Bhutan like ally to standup to china as a result Nepal India bilateral relations are significant to counter China.

    1. Your foundationdal knowledge of the relations among these countries is not adequate.only current knowledge is not enough.

  2. Smooth Indo Nepal relationship minimises the chances of “China card” being played by Nepal. This would make China less pressurising for India.
    Geographically, three nations are so situated that relation among any two would affect the third party.
    Sharing historic and cultural tie with India, Nepal often show friendly attitude towards India and support it on various accounts. This adds to India’s negotiating power at international and regional platforms in comparison with China.
    India and China being two great power in the region are often found in competition with each other. In such a scenario it would always be a plus point for India to share healthy relationship with Nepal and other neighbours. Hostility with them would certainly make China more powerful in countering India, as it does by forming all weather friendship with Pakistan.

  3. Indo – Nepal relations have enhanced so far in various sectors like power and supply, transit and connectivity , bilateral trade, developmental assistance etc and moreover Indo-Nepal ties seeds lie in the common ethnic,cultural and linguistic identities .With the latest visit of the Nepal PM in India amidst the stressful circumstances between India and China because of the Doklam Issue clearly undermines the emerging strategy of the Chinese of meddling with the Nepal’s politics and economic enhancements as a tool against india .
    Moreover India exerts greater influence over Nepal than China due to geographic, religious and cultural factors and Nepal cannot get rid of its “economic dependence” on India quickly as several of its ethnic groups have specials ties with Indians.
    Therefore though China can try to improve its Nepal policy but ethnic groups of Indian origin in Nepal’s southern region are unlikely to abandon their special relationship with India. As a result this acts as an add on point for India to take forth its views about the issue on international forums because of the friendly relations with the Nepal.
    Moreover the growing cooperation with its neighbour Nepal in all the spheres is a strengthening point for India in the hostile relations with China .
    But looking at the goal of maintaning peace and security environment in the world ,Nepal shoul act a bridge between India and China relations .

  4. Current Doklam stand off between India and China has heightened tensions on one hand and on other hand Indo – Nepal relations have not been smooth. But Nepal Prime Minister’s promise not to allow its land to be used by another country against its “Friendly Neighbour” shows willingness of improving bilateral relations with India.

    India cannot afford to deteriorate its ties with neighbouring countries with whom it shares its borders. Despite of differences, significance of Indo – Nepal relations lies in sharing of its unique cultural heritage and signing of Treaty of Peace and Friendship between between The Government of India and The Government of Nepal in July 1950 which has continued governing relations till date ( Treaty comprising of 10 Articles ). Article 1 clearly mentions willingness of both countries to strive for everlasting peace and friendship and respecting each other’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence. The above provision can be referred to by both India and China in managing their current Doklam deadlock. Articles 6 and 7 of Treaty allows for free movement of people whereby nationals of one country can reside, own property and conduct business along with doing away of passport and visa requirements. This provision can be looked upon by both India and China for enhancing cultural exchanges and hence recognize significance of soft power in improving ties.

    India has every opportunity to revive its relations with China ( India being fastest emerging economy ) and neither country can afford to disrupt its ties especially where both nations are participants in multilateral group forums and also when China is looking for building up its infrastructure projects in the region.

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