Meet Nepal’s man in Tibet, building bridges on the roof of the world
SCMP TODAY: INTL EDITION
Gobinda Karkee is fostering his nation’s relations with emerging superpower China, as Kathmandu also tries to balance its ties with Beijing’s regional rival India
As Nepal’s consul-general to Lhasa, Karkee is the head of the only diplomatic mission based in Tibet, enjoying unparalleled access to the ethnically sensitive region in China’s far west.
The wider foreign policy issue facing Karkee and other Nepalese government officials, however, is complex. As Nepal tries to tread a fine line between culturally close India and an increasingly powerful China, what should the strategy be for the small Himalayan nation sandwiched between two supersized neighbours?