China switches into covert mode in Nepal, has team of three to continue mission

China switches into covert mode in Nepal, has team of three to continue mission
The assignment has been handed to 3 officials of the Chinese Communist Party , who were a part of the team that quietly travelled by road into Nepal before Guo Yezhou landed at Kathmandu’s international airport on Sunday last.
President Xi Jinping’sCommunist Party of China hasn’t given abreast of efforts to influence the course of Nepali politics and has positioned a three-member team in Kathmandu that’s continuing to succeed in bent prominent politicians within the Himalayan nation, people conversant in the matter said.

President Xi had sent a four-member team led by Guo Yezhou, vice-minister of the international department of the Chinese communist party’s central committee that made a high-profile visit to Nepal that was closely tracked by the media.

The team bound up its visit on Wednesday, unable to deliver on its primary objective of uniting the 2 rival factions of the Nepal Communist Party led by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and former prime ministers Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Nepal.Guo Yezhou’s delegation, which had targeted persuading PM Oli to roll back the December 20 presidential order dissolving Nepal’s 275-member House of Representatives, had also explored the likelihood of getting the 2 warring factions to jointly contest the national elections on April 30 and should 10 if the presidential order can’t be rescinded. a 3rd option believed to possess been pursued by Guo Yezhou was designed to deal with the likelihood of the Supreme Court rolling back the presidential order and involved the formation of a communist-led government with the support of opposition parties like the Nepali Congress minus PM Oli.

Nepal watchers said the high-profile Guo Yezhou’s delegation was, however, only the general public face of the Chinese effort.

“The covert aspect continues,” one among them said.

For now, this assignment has been handed to 3 officials of the Chinese Communist Party , who were a part of the second team that had quietly travelled by road from China to Nepal before Guo Yezhou landed at Kathmandu’s international airport on Sunday last.

The three – Zekun Lai, Dongme Huang and Yonglin Zhong – are the Chinese communist party’s points persons on Nepal politics who have cultivated political leaders for years. “This is what you would possibly call the backchannel effort that stays under the radar,” a diplomat based in Nepal said.

The change within the Chinese approach to stay its intervention a secret comes against the backdrop of resentment in some quarters in Nepal over its plan to influence politics and politicians.
A day before Guo Yezhou’s delegation returned to China on Wednesday, dozens of individuals had hit the streets of Kathmandu holding a torch rally on Tuesday night to protest against the visit that was aimed toward interfering in Nepal’s internal political matters.

To be sure, China denies that Guo Yezhou’s team was tasked to influence Nepal’s politics but underlines that it wants Nepal’s politicians to “properly manage internal differences”.

“As the country’s friend and shut neighbour, we hope relevant parties in Nepal can take under consideration the national interests and therefore the big picture, properly manage internal differences and commit themselves to political stability and national development,” the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said last week.

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