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China’s Plan-B for forging anti-Oli front in Nepal likely afoot

Prime News, International (New Delhi), December 30:- China is continuing to mount an all-out, if not desperate, effort to salvage lost ground in Nepal, by now trying to forge a united front against Communist faction led by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli who had last week announced the dissolution of parliament, and fresh elections next year.

Guo Yenzhou a vice-minister of the International Department of the Communist Party of China, who is on a fire-fighting mission in the Nepalese capital since Sunday has now conversed with Sher Bahadur Deuba, President of the Nepali Congress, which has roots in India.

Guo is working on a double track. Nepal watchers say that he is making a last-ditch effort to keep the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) united, which is facing an irreconcilable split. The faction led by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is at loggerheads with flock led by the Pushpa Kamal Dahal, also known by his nom de Guerre, Prachanda. Former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal has joined Prachanda in the internal
feud.

But analysts say that the Chinese also appear to be now embarking on a plan-b-a frantic effort to forge a united anti-Oli front that includes the disgruntled communist factions and the Nepali congress.

Narayan Khadka, shadow foreign minister, and Dinesh Bhattarai, former foreign relations adviser to Deuba told Kathmandu Post that during discussion relations between Nepal and China also took place. The Chinese side has apparently invited Deuba to Beijing next year, marking the centenary of the CPC’s formation.

Hindustan Times citing Nepal watchers earlier reported that President’s Xi Jinping’s CPC wants the PM Oli-led government to rescind the presidential order dissolving parliament and has offered to use its influence with the rival faction led by Prachanda and Madhav Nepal to get them to back off and guaranteed that he would be able to complete his five-year term. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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