Oli’s own party members have coaxed him to put his diplomatic skills on display and ensure he draws up a path to resolving disagreements with India thanks primarily to a few provocative statements he has made in the past. The Nepali prime minister’s leanings towards China are well documented.
The growing Covid crisis in Nepal is yet another reason for Oli to spend time reflecting on his country’s diplomatic ties with New Delhi.
China’s growing engagement with south Asian nations would ensure that India too can least afford to ignore Nepal now specially when several development projects - trade, transit, water resources, floods, development projects, the submission of the EPG report and the border – need to be fast-tracked.
All eyes will now be on Oli to gauge if he can consolidate his position as Nepal’s prime minister, arrest the growing pandemic infection rates in his country and make that outreach to India.