U.S.-China & the World is an interview series investigating how the U.S.-China relationship impacts societies, economies, and policies around the globe. Through short interviews with local experts, this series takes a closer look at the countries and regions impacted by and navigating through U.S.-China tensions—and ultimately, how the United States and China together can build a better future for the international community. 

The South Asian state of Nepal, landlocked between China and India, balances and leverages its strategic interests and responsibilities between its much larger neighbors. Where does Nepal stand on the U.S.-China relationship? Professor Gaurav Bhattarai joined the National Committee on July 31, 2023, to investigate the triangular relationship between the United States, China, and Nepal.  


Gaurav Bhattarai

Gaurav Bhattarai is an Assistant Professor of International Relations and Diplomacy at Tribhuvan University in Nepal. He teaches Small States in International Relations and International and Regional Organizations to the post-graduate students at Tribhuvan University. He also delivers lectures at the Army Command and Staff College of the Nepal Army, War College, Nepali Military Academy, and Armed Police Force Command and Staff College.  

His expertise includes India Studies, Sino-Indian interactions, Small States in South Asia, borderlands in South Asia, and Critical Security. He has published in different international journals, including International Politics, Cambridge Journal of China Studies, Stosunki Międzynarodowe-International Relations, Millennial Asia, Geopolitics Quarterly, Pakistan Horizon, Vestnik RUDN, among others.  Here is the link to his new book, Nepal Between China and India: Difficulty of Being Neutral.