After releasing a new political map of Nepal, Indian Army Chief Manoj Narwane said in a statement that Nepal is doing so at the behest of a third. His reference was towards China. There was a lot of uproar over this statement of the Army Chief. Recently, when the Chinese Ambassador of Nepal was also questioned about this, he dismissed it as baseless allegations. Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Hoi Yankee said that this is being said to reduce the dignity of Nepal-China relationship. However, now that Nepal’s domestic politics is in turmoil, the Chinese ambassador is seen to be interfering openly. Even within Nepal, questions are beginning to arise that why is an ambassador doing so much interference in domestic politics?
Prime Minister of Nepal K.K. P. Sharma Oli’s chair is in danger and senior party leaders are demanding his resignation. Nepal’s ruling party Nepal Communist Party is divided into two camps. One is the Oli camp and the other is the former Prime Minister and party chief Pushp Kamal Dahal Prachanda-Madhav Nepal camp. On June 30, 30 members of the Nepal Communist Party’s 44-member Standing Committee demanded the resignation of both Oli’s party chief and Prime Minister. Apart from Prachanda and Madhav Nepal, these include senior leaders like Jhala Nath and Bamdev Gautam.
Chinese Ambassador Hou Yankee’s activism in the middle of political turmoil in Nepal is astonishing. She has met all government officials and top party leaders of Nepal in the last few days. Last week, Hou met Nepal’s President Bidya Bhandari and Nepal Communist Party’s senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal.
Chinese Ambassador Hou Yankee met the President on Friday, July 3. It is just being called a courtesy visit. However, questions are also being raised about the role of President Bidya Bhandari. Only on Thursday, after meeting Bhandari, Oli decided to cancel the Parliament and took a more strict stand against his rival camp.
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