Journal : Global Times (Chinese) Date : Author : Indian Express Page No. : 6
URL : http://www.jdqu.com/read-844060-6.html

An Indian Express article by Yaburaj Ghimire published on April 25th , original titled: “Next door Nepal – China is welcome, India is not”.

 

Last week, Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli laid the foundation of Pokhara international airport, Nepal’s second, being built with Chinese assistance and soft loans.

Oli was joined by Maoist party chief, Prachanda, and all major party leaders in a show of appreciation for the Chinese initiative likely to be completed in four years. And in a strange coincidence, this happened during a particular phase when Nepal-India relations have suddenly nose dived.

China making much inroads into Nepal is something even the Indian authorities have come to acknowledge. But what divides the Indian response is whether it’s at the cost of India’s image, influence and interest in its crucially important neighbourhood. Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar sarcastically congratulated Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) and External Affairs Minister (Sushma Swaraj) for having “successfully pushed Nepal to the arms of China”. Some people think the “anti-Indianism” in Nepal is the doing of only a small group of “hill elites” confined to Kathmandu.

Oli and the ruling coalition are getting positive responses from people across the country for having bravely stood up to India. Although this doesn’t guarantee Oli’s survival in power for long, he is praised by many for his efforts to oppose the influence coming from outside (i.e India) in Nepal’s politics and constitution-making.

The foundation laying of the Pokhara airport was formalised with a rare show of solidarity among Nepal’s political parties. Nepal is already considering waving the visa fee for the Chinese. At the same time, the relationship between India and Nepal is clearly losing the much talked about component of being “special”.

 

Original Text

印媒:尼泊尔更欢迎中国

《印度快报》4月25日文章,原题:隔壁尼泊尔——欢迎中国,不欢迎印度

尼泊尔总理奥利上周为博卡拉国际机场奠基,这是尼泊尔第二座机场,得到了中国的援助和软贷款。

尼泊尔联合尼共(毛)主席普拉昌达和其他主要政党的领导人也参加了奠基仪式,这表明他们对于中方支持的感激。该项目可能将在4年内完工。奇怪的巧合是,这些发生在尼印关系急剧下滑的时期。

中国介入尼泊尔已引起印度政府的关注。但就(北京)是否会损害印度在尼泊尔这一至关重要邻国的形象、影响力和利益方面,印度的反应不一而同。国大党领导人马尼·艾亚尔就颇具讽刺意味地祝贺总理和外长“成功地把尼泊尔推入中国的怀抱”。也有人认为,“反印主义”只限于加德满都的一小伙精英。

奥利和尼泊尔执政联盟勇敢抵抗印度,得到尼泊尔民众的积极反应。尽管这并不能保证奥利长期执政,他却因反对外来势力(即印度)干预尼泊尔政治和制宪而受到赞誉。博卡拉机场的奠基彰显尼泊尔不同政党之间罕见的团结。尼已开始考虑削减中国人的签证费。与此同时,尼印关系却丢掉了外界所称的某些特殊性。(作者尤巴拉什·基米尔,伊文译)

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