Stories By 'BINOJ BASNYAT'
Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s visit to India occurred about the same time as the announcement by President Donald Trump of US policy on Afghanistan and South Asia, the China-India standoff at Doklam and Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang’s visit to Nepal.
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The recent rise in tensions between China and India over Doklam has reawakened discussions on this long-standing issue.
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Nepal must be prepared to face a national security issue. Is the country prepared for a crisis that may be inevitable? Cheerful news stories in the media about a rise in Gross Domestic Product and the country securing the third position in the Sustainable Development Goals index among South Asian countries have brought smiles all around, but a close look at reality proves disturbing.
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Nepal lacks direct access to the sea, which poses a great challenge for trade and transport.
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Changing global and regional trends demand that Nepal create a security framework and overhaul the security sector by restructuring security forces and identifying other agencies that are essential to address threats and challenges.
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Transformation and transparency appear to be in the minds of many in the security forces, especially the Nepal Army (NA).Security is interrelated with the country’s location and relations with other countries.
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