BEIJING/WASHINGTON, Jan 16: China will boost purchases of U.S. goods and services by $200 billion over two years in exchange for the rolling back of some tariffs under an initial trade deal signed by the world’s two largest economies, defusing an 18-month row that has hit global growth.

WASHINGTON, Jan 15: The U.S.-China trade war is set to enter a new, quieter phase on Wednesday as U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He sign an initial trade deal that aims to vastly increase Chinese purchases of U.S. manufactured products, agricultural goods, energy, and services.

On IPS and MCC

January 12, 2020 09:32 am

The United States describes its Indo-Pacific strategy as “an ironclad and enduring commitment to” a region that spans from the Pacific Ocean to the Indian subcontinent. But while reading between the lines, the concept of Indo-Pacific gained momentum during 2000s when Chinese maritime expansion started to challenge United State’s primacy in the Western Pacific.

Tap into connectivity prospects

January 11, 2020 07:35 am

The rising economic clout of China and India as the next door neighbors could be a blessing for socio-economic transformation of Nepal if Nepal can maintain a balanced foreign policy and constructive engagement. One of the major challenges faced in overall socio-economic development of the country is the modernization and expansion of physical infrastructures like energy, transport and border facilities which requires huge amount of financial resources and technologies suited to the fragile ecosystem and rugged terrain of the young mountains.

SINDHUPALCHOWK, Jan 9: The earthquake-ravaged Ratna Rajya Secondary School of Sindhupalchowk has got three newly-built blocks and other infrastructures worth Rs 1 billion with the financial support from the Chinese government. The light maroon buildings with a total of 137 rooms set up against the backdrop of scenic mountains to the north make the school arguably the “costliest ” community school in the country. To the south of the school flows Bhramayani River. The new look of the school has left teachers and students awestruck.

122 Chinese nationals deported

January 9, 2020 08:05 am

KATHMANDU, Jan 9: Three days after the District Administration Office (DAO) released 122 Chinese nationals, who were arrested earlier on the charge of being involved in suspicious activities including cyber crimes, the Department of Immigration (DoI) deported them to China on Wednesday evening.

KATHMANDU, Jan 8: One hundred and twenty-two Chinese nationals arrived here on tourist visa and involved in illegal activities are being deported today. The Chinese nationals are being deported this evening, according to the Department of Immigration.

Understanding Chinese ambition

January 8, 2020 08:42 am

Strategic culture, Professor Colin S Gray says, “rests primarily upon the interpretation of history and history’s geography.” In September 1949, the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference met in its first session in Beijing to make final preparations to declare the founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1, 1949. It adopted the Common Program stating: “The principle of the foreign policy of the People’s Republic of China is protection of the independence, freedom, integrity of territory and sovereignty of the country, upholding of lasting international peace and friendly cooperation between the people of all countries, and opposition to the imperialist policy of aggression and war.”

BEIJING, Jan 6: China criticized the United States for aggravating tension in the Middle East through its use of force in the standoff between Washington and Tehran and urged all parties to exercise restraint to ensure peace and stability.

HONG KONG, Jan 12: The new head of China’s liaison office in Hong Kong, who was unexpectedly announced at the weekend, said on Monday he hoped the Asian financial hub, roiled by more than six months of anti-government protests, would return to “the right path.”

HONG KONG, Jan 5: Over a thousand protesters in Hong Kong gathered in a town near the border on Sunday, seeking to keep up pressure on the government to give in to their demands for greater democracy.

Home Minister Thapa leaves for China

January 5, 2020 12:53 pm

KATHMANDU, Jan 5: Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa left here for Beijing, the capital city of China, this morning.

HONG KONG – In recent years, fears of a new cold war between the United States and China have been proliferating. But the tensions between the two powers would be better described as a “cool war,” characterized not by old-fashioned spheres of interest, proxy wars, and the threat of “mutually assured destruction,” but by an unprecedented combination of wide-ranging competition and deep interconnection.

SHANGHAI, Jan 3: China has removed the head of its Hong Kong liaison office Wang Zhimin, according to a Saturday post on the official website of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security.

SHANGHAI, DEC 31: Wu Yi was supposed to die. At age 26, his cancer was spreading. His doctor gave him five years to live and a prescription for OxyContin.Six years later, he was still alive. And still taking OxyContin. Wu said his doctor told him that OxyContin is not addictive, But when Wu tried to stop, he couldn’t.

BEIJING/SHANGHAI, DEC 27: U.S. electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) will begin delivering Model 3 vehicles built at its Shanghai factory on Monday, a company representative told Reuters.

BEIJING, DEC 26: Global stock markets were mixed Friday after Wall Street rose amid optimism that U.S.-Chinese trade relations are improving.

SINGAPORE/BEIJING (Reuters) - As China struggles to deal with the slowdown of the world’s second-largest economy, it has embarked on a new strategy of placing financial experts in provinces to manage risks and rebuild regional economies.

BEIJING, Dec 26: Besides the Great Wall of China, Nepalis visiting Beijing also seek to observe the dead body of Mao Tse Tung and offer their condolences. The embalmed body of the Chinese leader, who died on September 9, 1976, is preserved in the southern side of the centrally located Tiananmen Square.

CHENGDU, China, Dec 24:  Leaders from China, Japan and South Korea reiterated their commitment to ending North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs at a trilateral summit Tuesday that comes against the backdrop of increasing demands by Pyongyang for sanctions relief.

SEOUL, Dec 23: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday expressed concerns over rising tension between North Korea and the United States, calling for them to maintain the momentum for dialogue, South Korea’s presidential office said.

MACAU, DEC 20: President Xi Jinping said on Friday China would never allow foreign forces to interfere with its special regions of Hong Kong and Macau, as he swore in a new pro-Beijing government for the gambling hub of Macau.

UNITED NATIONS DEC 17: China and Russia on Monday proposed the U.N. Security Council lift a ban on North Korea exporting statues, seafood and textiles, according to a draft resolution seen by Reuters, in a move Russia said is aimed at encouraging talks between Washington and Pyongyang.

SINGAPORE DEC 16: Oil prices on Monday slid off near three-month highs hit last week as investors searched for clarity beyond the initial impact of a trade deal between the United States and China that’s expected to boost flows between the top two global economies.

WASHINGTON, Dec 14: The U.S. Trade Representative’s office on Friday filed a Federal Register notice suspending the 15% U.S. tariffs slated to go into effect on Sunday on Chinese goods worth about $160 billion after reaching a “phase one” trade deal with Beijing.

DEC 11: China imprisoned at least 48 journalists in 2019, more than any other country, displacing Turkey as the most oppressive place for the profession, a report by the Committee to Protect Journalists report said on Wednesday.

BEIJING,Dec 8:  China’s trade with the United States sank again in November as negotiators worked on the first stage of a possible deal to end a tariff war.

All is not well with global economy

December 3, 2019 10:39 am

​NEW YORK – This past May and August, escalations in the trade and technology conflict between the United States and China rattled stock markets and pushed bond yields to historic lows. But that was then: since then, financial markets have once again become giddy. US and other equities are trending toward new highs, and there is even talk of a potential “melt-up” in equity values.

SHANGHAI, Dec 2 : China on Sunday put into effect new regulations that require Chinese telecom carriers to scan the faces of users registering new mobile phone services, a move the government says is aimed at cracking down on fraud.

KATHMANDU, Nov 30: Exporters of Nepali food items to China now need to put product labeling in Chinese language with the northern neighbor making the new rule mandatory for all its food imports.

BEIJING, Nov 28: China summoned the U.S. ambassador on Thursday to “strongly protest” President Donald Trump’s signing of bills on Hong Kong human rights.

HONG KONG, Nov 28: China warned the United States on Thursday it would take “firm counter measures” in response to U.S. legislation backing anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, and said attempts to interfere in the Chinese-ruled city were doomed to fail.

LONDON, Nov 18 : China’s ambassador to London on Monday accused the British government of taking sides in the Hong Kong protests by criticising the police and government.

The creator of the children’s song “Baby Shark,” which has become a global phenomenon, says the firm is eyeing the Chinese market, where the tune did not quite catch on, with a brand new character featuring dinosaurs.

BEIJING, Nov 15: China’s embassy in the United Kingdom strongly condemned and expressed strong indignation on Friday at the attack on a Hong Kong government official in London.

HUAILAI, China, Nov 14 : China on Thursday successfully completed a crucial landing test in northern Hebei province ahead of a historic unmanned exploration mission to Mars next year.

HANGZHOU, China, Nov 11 : Chinese retailer Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N) said on Monday that sales for its annual Singles’ Day shopping blitz crossed the $30 billion (23.4 billion pounds) mark at 4:31 p.m. (0831 GMT), putting the event on track to set a record in its 11th year.

WASHINGTON/BEIJING, Nov 8: China and the United States have agreed to roll back tariffs on each others’ goods in a “phase one” trade deal if it is completed, officials from both sides said on Thursday, sparking division among some advisers to President Donald Trump.

KATHMANDU, Nov 6: Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) is preparing to start non-stop flights to China and Japan in next two months.

RASUWA, Nov 4: Over 29,000 tourists from China and other countries have entered Nepal via Rasuwagadhi customs point in the past 10 months.

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BANGKOK, Nov 30: China is ready to work with Southeast Asian countries for long term peace and stability in the South China Sea, Chinese premier Li Keqiang said on Sunday after meeting leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

China adjusts to new world order

October 31, 2019 01:30 am

HONG KONG – On October 1, the People’s Republic of China celebrated the 70th anniversary of its founding with impressive military and civilian parades meant to showcase the extraordinary progress the country has made under the leadership of the Communist Party of China. Formidable challenges lie ahead. But China’s record so far, and the resources it has at its disposal, indicate that it may well be up to the task.

SHANGHAI, Oct 24: China will host the first edition of the new, expanded 24-team Club World Cup in 2021, FIFA president Gianni Infantino told reporters on Thursday following a meeting of the global soccer body’s decision-making council in Shanghai.

HONG KONG, Oct 23: Hong Kong’s legislature on Wednesday formally withdrew planned legislation that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, but the move was unlikely to end months of unrest as it met just one of five demands of pro-democracy demonstrators.

Tapping into the sun

October 23, 2019 01:00 am

Using the sun to dry crops and grain is one of the oldest applications of solar energy in agriculture. These days, solar energy can be used in agriculture in a number of ways. It saves money, increases self-reliance, and reduces pollution. Solar panels can be used to power an irrigation pump which can then be used to pump water for irrigation. Solar dehydrators are another type of solar technology used in the agriculture industry. Solar drying equipment can dry crops faster and more evenly than leaving them in the field after harvest. Solar energy can help farmers reduce their costs and improve their efficiency and self-reliance. That is why many farmers around the world prefer to implement solar technologies on their farms. Solar farming is not only cost effective but also environment-friendly and reliable. Use of solar energy can also be helpful for reducing the drudgery of women farmers.

Veteran musician Sambhujeet Baskota is all set to perform in China for ‘One Belt One Road’ international folk festival that is scheduled to be held on October 18 to October 20.

WUHAN, China, Oct 18: The 7th World Military Sports Championship is to kick off in Wuhan of China from Friday. High-level defense officials, military and athletes representing 105 countries across the globe have arrived here to take part in the championship.

China pledges Rs 2.4b aid to Nepal Army

October 18, 2019 07:15 am

KATHMANDU, Oct 18: China has pledged military assistance worth Rs 2.4 billion to the Nepal Army for humanitarian and disaster relief purposes.

Reassessing BRI

October 15, 2019 01:00 am

The connectivity that BRI offers will open Nepal to the world market through different sea ports. Nepal then will no longer be a‘land-locked’country