The dissolution of the Nepal Communist Party, the slow breakup of the Unified Marxist-Leninist (UML) and the exit of K P Oli all happened in a year the Chinese Communist Party was celebrating its centennial, sparking concern in China’s social media about instability in Nepal.
China has made no secret about the fact that it wants Nepal’s disparate Communist parties to be united, and actually helped engineer the electoral alliance and later merger of the Maoist Centre and the UML in 2017-18.
Despite being elected with a strong parliamentary majority, when the power struggle between Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal threatened to split the party, the Chinese Ambassador Hou Yanqi tried desperately to patch up their differences.
And when she could not succeed, Beijing sent Guo Yezhou, vice minister in the international department of the Chinese Communist Party, and Defence Minister Wei Fenghe to Kathmandu last year. That did not work either.
Now that the NCP is no more, the UML itself is out of power and on the verge of a vertical split, China’s official media and netizens have concluded rather sweepingly that Nepal now has a ‘pro-Indian’ government.