The Communist Party of Nepal-Unified, Marxist and Leninist, the Nepal Communist Party-Maoist, and the Naya Shakti Party, formed an alliance for an upcoming election. However, the Naya Shakti party exited shortly after and aligned instead with the Nepali Congress party.
There are four maritime powers in the Indian Ocean Basin and the Pacific Ocean: the US, China, India and Japan. All four have powerful blue water navies and have contributed to peace and security in the region.
China and India seem to be resetting ties. Li Xiasan, the Organization Department head of Yunnan Province and Central Committee member of the Communist Party, visited India in September 2017, becoming the first Chinese official to visit India since the Doklam standoff.
Both New Delhi and Washington have recently launched scathing attacks on Pakistan for providing support to terrorist groups. It remains to be seen how the US deals with Pakistan. A number of analysts in India and the US are skeptical about Washington taking such steps.
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s wife Kulsoom Nawaz won the NA-120 seat by-election, which was vacated after Sharif resigned from his Prime Minister position and Parliament in July 2017 after a Supreme Court ruling.
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s bonhomie towards India at the 9th BRICS Summit ran contrary to his earlier hardline rhetoric during the two-month long Doklam stand-off. It can be rightly argued that BRICS acted as a coolant for Sino-Indian tension.
During Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s recent India visit, all eyes were on the inauguration ceremony of the ambitious Ahmedabad–Mumbai bullet train project, valued at USD 17 billion. A number of other agreements were also signed during the Indo-Japan Annual Summit.
All eyes were on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Myanmar from September 5-7, 2017. Firstly, it followed his visit to China, where he had gone to attend the BRICS Summit. Second, the visits to both China and Myanmar came soon after the end of the Doklam standoff.
India’s upgrading of the Look East Policy to Act East Policy seem promising for India-Vietnam economic ties. With the progression of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, there will be more opportunity to tap the Vietnamese market.