N. P. Upadhyaya
Kathmandu: Nepal government, if it is worth the name, for the first time tasted the Chinese grand slap.
The Chinese Prime Minister, who has the capability and the ability to change the world equation if it so desires, as political scientist Deepak Gajurel claims, must have thought to teach a deserving lesson to the Nepalese ruling elite, more so who emerged to the surface in an artificial manner after the New Delhi sponsored 12 point " Sabotage Nepal" agreement .
And he took the tutorial in a befitting manner thus in the process Premier Wen summarily hinted to the redundant cluster of Nepali leaders that "China attaches great importance to the people (stress added) and the country but not to those who have proved themselves as to be the marionettes of the friend across the border". At least the people in general take this gained through experience.
Premier Wen's meet with the Nepali leaders in "multitude" must have been well understood by Nepal's august leaders. He made all Nepali leaders to queue themselves and granted “audience” in series.
In doing so, Premier Wen wanted to remind the Nepali ruling elites that China will be in Nepal for all time to come what may and that Beijing too has abundant interest in Nepal's constitution draft and peace process. This is what he told. This does mean that Premier Wen in a direct manner sent the meaningful signals that any move taken by Nepal will be under close scrutiny of the Chinese regime as such activities may have profound impact on its prime security interests.
The most hilarious and the interesting act of the Chinese Prime Minister could be his weird and wonderful political acumen to manage to force the bunch of Nepali leaders, who met him in crowd which they in effect deserved, to spell out in chorus that " Nepal stands for One China Policy and that the Tibet Autonomous Region is an integral part of mainland China and also that Nepal will not allow its soil to be used by anti-China elements".
The prime job of the Chinese visit was accomplished. In fact, Premier Wen wanted to get real commitments from the erratic Nepali leaders wherein he bagged considerable success which though remains yet to be tested in deeds. Should this mean that Nepali leaders will henceforth not talk double as usual?
As regards the financial assistance that Premier Wen provided to Nepal could have easily been sent to Nepal through his own flip-flop and over smart flamboyant Ambassador Yang Houlan, however, Wen himself came to see and recognise those Nepali "faces" who have remained instrumental in damaging their own country under "alien" instructions whose reverberation his own country’s soft underbelly, read Tibet, felt over these past troubled changed years.
China must have felt that she has no stable friend in Nepal. Premier Wen saw for himself. Nor China should expect this to take a formal shape at least for some years more. Weak diplomats make the country’s diplomacy to take slide.
As regards Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao's not even five hours stay in Nepal is concerned, what could be fairly said of it that Premier Wen who is handling the 'world politics' may have thought not to misuse his precious moments in Nepal together with the tainted leaders who have already lost their political credentials. This is the general feeling in Nepal to which China perhaps understands better.
Beijing now is concentrating its entire efforts in building its strong presence in South Asia, is also in the process of having its heavy attendance, visible indeed, in the South China Sea and more so Beijing is slowly but very steadily penetrating in the Asia-Pacific region for having its vocal say by openly competing with the world biggest developed country-the United States. China is already in the Gulf. China's core interests must not be disturbed by the Obama administration in the Asia and Pacific reason, say Nepali sharp brains. Fiery speeches being made by Hilary Clinton and President Obama will further exacerbate the friction in between the two competing rivals. Very freshly, Beijing appears to heal the wounds of the Iranians. Its strong presence in the Gulf is for sure henceforth. For sure, China has already become a headache for the lone Super Power. Chinese presence in African continent appears now to have become a permanent affair.
Under these back ground, the four hours stay of Premier Wen in Kathmandu was more than needed. For Beijing, Nepali politics is no more than a pea-nut comparatively speaking.
Beijing has some more important jobs to be accomplished. Nepal is in its least priority. At best, Beijing can easily deploy its strong contingent of Red Army along the adjoining Nepal-China borders if things begin deteriorating in Kathmandu which is already in the pipeline.
Now it remains to be seen as to how the Indo-US Axis takes this visit and what clandestine measures it takes to tease China further. The process must have already begun, analysts presume.
Yet analysts hope that Nepali ruling elites will correct their habits.