Import of arms from China as per the agreement: RNA NepalNews ..... China had pledged to provide Rs.72 million military aid to the RNA ..... China's aid comes at a time when India, the United States and the United Kingdom have suspended the supply of lethal military arms to Nepal following the royal takeover in February this year ..... arms and weapons entered Nepal in 18 trucks .....
The three big powers India, US and EU have so far made a big mistake which is to not come forth openly saying a constituent assembly is the only way to peace and democracy in Nepal. Another mistake they have made is to not provide logistical support to the democracy movement. The three powers need to think of democracy restoration in Nepal as a project that can be launched and completed over a month. Vague diplomatic statements will not do.
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Through this military aid, China has made a decisive foray into Nepal's internal politics. It is no longer neutral. It no longer considers Nepal's political developments as its internal matter. It is now very much involved. It has taken the side of the autocrats. The people on the two sides are ideological cousins.
JFK once wrote a book called Why England Slept. He argued that democracies are slow to respond to impending threats like the fascists and the Nazis were. I am reminded of that right now. The Indian, American and European responses to developments in Nepal have been lukewarm. The responses have lacked sophistication and urgency. They are high on moral rhetoric, low on specifics.
The biggest thing about not providing logistical support to the democracy movement is that shows you do not have a good knowledge of the ground realities in Nepal. And so you are reduced to singing vague tunes of democracy.
Nepal is fast being turned into a fault line by the king and the Chinese authorities. This has global implications. Just look at history. World War II was a fault line drawn between the democracies and the fascists, Nazis. The Cold War was a fault line between the democracies and the Soviet bloc. The War on Terror is a fault line between the democracies and the Islamists in the undemocratic Arab world. If you connect the dots, you are going to be forced to see the next big chunk of landmass without democracy is China. The fault lines are already forming, and they are forming in Nepal. The democracies need to wake up. Nepal is an opportunity for the democracies to seize the non-violent option at a fault line.
The Nepal democracy movement needs help. It needs the foreign powers to attain political clarity. And you do that by publicly coming around to supporting the idea of a constituent assembly.
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And it also needs logistical support. Powers that have in the past poured in tens of millions of dollars in military aid into Nepal to fight the Maoists should now be willing to pour in a few million dollars to help the Nepal democracy movement with logistics. Put your money where your mouth is.
The West funded the Orange Revolution in Ukraine last year. It is high time for a repeat in Nepal.
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This is better news. Lethal military aid is the benchmark. Even India and the UK have provided some non-lethanl military aid after 2/1.