Nepal has become one of the locations in Asia in which three large powers will increasingly intersect and collide in the coming years. China, India and the United States, and their respective friends, can be expected to enhance their Nepal portfolios in the near future.
The utility of this role that Nepal may play, depends on a number of factors but is primarily related to the extent the country is able to assert its own independent identity — not as a measure to challenge more powerful countries, but to ensure that those powerful countries that wish to work with us are not undercutting, or let us say sabotaging, one other.
It is important for Nepal, now more than ever before in its recent history, to cultivate relationships and friendships with as many countries around the world as possible.
This will not only help to accelerate development in the country, but would be a great opportunity for Nepal to contribute some public goods into the international system, too. But what kind of public goods?