Why Rahul signed ‘rare pact’ with Chinese Communist Party? Nepali Communists also did same

MoU with Chinese Communists reason behind Cong’s pro-China stance

Recently, Congress Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury was forced to delete his tweet against China in which he had warned Beijing to be careful as the Indian Army knows how to defang the venomous snakes. It is said that Chowdhury was told by a Congress leader in plain words: “Madam is angry with the tweet. Delete it.” After Chowdhury deleted the tweet, Rajya Sabha MP Anand Sharma, tweeted: “The Indian National Congress recognises and values the special strategic partnership between India and China. As two ancient civilisations and large economies of the world, both countries are destined to make a significant contribution in the 21st Century.”

when China and India were locked in a standoff in the Doklam area, Rahul Gandhi had secretly met Chinese Ambassador Luo Zhaohui.

Wondered why the Congress has been taking a pro-Chinese stance? On August 7, 2008, then Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi signed a rare and crucial memorandum of understanding with Chinese Communist Party “promote exchanges at various levels”. Rahul Gandhi had signed the MoU with Wang Jia Rui, Minister in the international department of the CPC in the presence of Sonia Gandhi and then Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Congress leader Anand Sharma was also part of the Indian delegation.

Sonia Gandhi met Xi for 30 minutes in which she praised the Chinese for their “organising genius”. Rahul was also present at this meeting. It is not clear why a political party like Congress should have “close linkages” with a political party of another country.

The Congress continues to share close tie-up with the Chinese government. In July 2017, when China and India were locked in a standoff in the Doklam area, Rahul Gandhi had secretly met Chinese Ambassador Luo Zhaohui. Initially, the party and the Chinese envoy denied having met. Under pressure from media and public, the Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said Rahul met the ambassador. Interestingly, before admitting, Surjewala who accompanied Rahul had himself tweeted saying that the news of Rahul meeting Zhaohui was “planted” by government agencies through “bhakt channels”.

Shockingly, the Chinese Embassy website, which first confirmed the meeting later deleted it.

The Congress during Indira Gandhi’s time had similar close ties with the Russian Communist Party. A 2005 book based on the files by intelligence historian Christopher Andrew claimed that India during Indira Gandhi’s tenure as prime minister had been infiltrated at several levels by the KGB. The Russians funded the Congress party to win elections.

CCP ties with Nepali Communists parties

On September 24, 2019, the ruling communist parties of Nepal and China signed a memorandum of understanding to establish fraternal ties between the two parties. The MoU mentions high-level visits between the two parties, sharing communist ideology, experiences and training, and sharing development models. Many observers say, Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli is a pawn in the hands of Chinese ambassador in Nepal.