BEIJING, Jan 17: The coronavirus was found on ice cream produced in eastern China, prompting a recall of cartons from the same batch, according to the government.

SHANGHAI, Jan 14: PayPal Holding Inc has become the first foreign operator with 100% control of a payment platform in China, according to Chinese government data, as the U.S. fintech giant eyes a bigger foothold in a booming market for online payments.

The US will most likely be the world’s new epicenter of political and geopolitical instability in the months and years ahead. The world is in for a long, ugly, bumpy ride.

BEIJING, Jan 9: Chinese authorities have asked residents in two cities south of Beijing to stay home for seven days as they try to stamp out a COVID-19 outbreak in which more than 300 people have tested positive in the past week.

SHANGHAI/BEIJING, Jan 6: Chinese authorities shut sections of highways running through Hebei province that surrounds Beijing on Wednesday and closed a key long distance bus terminal in the provincial capital Shijiazhuang in efforts to stave off another coronavirus wave.

While Nepali politicians remain motivated by personal gain, they have kept the great powers off balance. Nepal’s political uncertainties, and the record of multiple leaders shifting their priorities and relationships, have created difficulties for either great power to establish firm linkages with Kathmandu.

The Sino-American race to zero

January 5, 2021 08:15 am

Climate action has become yet another front in the competition between the world’s two largest economies. Who will cross the net-zero-emissions finish line first?

The brutal governance lessons of 2020

January 3, 2021 08:00 am

The pandemic has revealed the urgent need to build connective tissue across governments and between national and sub-national institutions in the US and the UK.

Human rights matter

January 2, 2021 08:00 am

Recent events show how important it is for the countries in the world to uphold human rights.

BEIJING, Dec 31: China approved a COVID-19 vaccine developed by an affiliate of state-backed pharmaceutical giant Sinopharm on Thursday, its first approved shot for general public use as it braces for increased transmission risks over winter.

KATHMANDU, Dec 30: Police have arrested a person on the charge of trafficking a 50-year-old woman to China.

Divided they fall, united they will win

December 29, 2020 08:15 am

It would be in better interest of Nepal and Nepali people if NCP and other parties peacefully resolve their differences, restore the parliament and work to realize Nepal’s dream of prosperity and happiness.

SHANGHAI, Dec 28: A Chinese court handed a four-year jail term on Monday to a citizen-journalist who reported from the central city of Wuhan at the peak of last year’s coronavirus outbreak, on grounds of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” her lawyer said.

LONDON, Dec 27: China will overtake the United States to become the world’s biggest economy in 2028, five years earlier than previously estimated due to the contrasting recoveries of the two countries from the COVID-19 pandemic, a think tank said.

The best way to help poor countries obtain more doses is to reach an international agreement, presumably through COVAX and the WHO, to coordinate the allocation of available vaccines.

BEIJING, Dec 20: China will focus first on vaccinating high-risk groups over the winter and spring before widening the inoculation to the general public, a senior health official said on Saturday.

The US policy towards Nepal generally remains unchanged by the change of guard in the White House. Yet, Nepal will be affected by US attitudes towards global trends.

A tale of acupuncture cure

December 18, 2020 07:30 am

In Nepal, acupuncture cure system is in rather disorganized state. Lack of proper regulation has encouraged quackery and created more fear and mistrust.

Supply chains and demand

December 18, 2020 07:00 am

The COVID-19 crisis has revealed that interconnectedness brings benefits as well as risks to us all. In order to address some of these risks, supply chains will need to be rethought, with more emphasis put on supplier diversification, domestic production, and stockpiling.

BEIJING, Dec 17: A Chinese lunar capsule returned to Earth on Thursday with the first fresh samples of rock and debris from the moon in more than 40 years.

Bull or bear in 2021?

December 17, 2020 08:35 am

What can we expect in 2021? On the positive side, the year will follow a similar script as 2020, with generous monetary and fiscal policies justifying further optimism for equities.

China should join the Paris Club

December 16, 2020 07:00 am

There is little doubt that China is now in the driver’s seat when it comes managing the developing-country sovereign-debt issue. The question is whether it knows how to drive.

The joint announcement has strategic significance which can be understood against the backdrop of three geo-political-economic developments.

KATHMANDU, Dec 8: The government on Tuesday officially announced the new height of Sagarmatha to be 8,848.86 metres .

LIVE: Sagarmatha's new height

December 8, 2020 13:53 pm

The newly-measured height of the tallest mountain of the world is being revealed jointly by Nepal and China.

This the first time the government has measured the height of Sagarmatha on its own

BEIJING, Dec 7: China’s exports in November rose 21.1% from a year earlier, after 11.4% growth in October, while imports grew 4.5% last month, from a 4.7% expansion in October, customs data showed on Monday.

A tale of two economies

December 2, 2020 08:30 am

This is the best of times and the worst of times. As financial markets celebrate the coming vaccine-led boom, the confluence of epidemiological and political aftershocks has pushed us back into a quagmire of heightened economic vulnerability.

China’s global climate boost

November 30, 2020 07:00 am

With the American public divided and climate science politicized, rejoining the Paris accord will not by itself make the US a reliable player in international climate politics.

Maintaining a delicate balance between the immediate and extended neighborhood is the best way for Nepal to realize its national interest objectives.

America must mend many fences on trade

November 26, 2020 09:08 am

It is almost impossible to comprehend how much damage Donald Trump’s presidency has done to America’s global standing these past four years.

Joe Biden’s world order

November 25, 2020 19:55 pm

A post-Trump order appears to be more about a return to the inter-bloc competition of 1945 than to post-Cold War liberal euphoria.

The visit comes in the wake of Chinese government mouthpiece - Global Times - accusing forces within Nepal and beyond of provoking Nepal against China over what it said was a ‘fabricated’ border encroachment in Humla district.

Some leaders are accusing China of land grab without verified and substantiated proof, while Nepali Congress leadership is pretending ignorance. What is it thinking?

China leads again

November 1, 2020 06:50 am

Just as China led the world in economic recovery in the aftermath of the global financial crisis of 2008, it is playing a similar role today. Its post-COVID rebound is gathering momentum amid a developed world that remains on shaky ground.

"Is Nepal vanishing from the global/regional strategic radar?" asks Dr Bhattarai as Pompeo visits the Maldives, but not Nepal

KATHMANDU, Oct 27: Nepal has been presented as the Theme Country in the 10-day-long international photo exhibition that kicked off today in Beijing, China.

NEW DELHI, Oct 27: The United States and India signed a pact to share sensitive satellite and map data on Tuesday as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned of the threat posed by an increasingly assertive China.

The fault lines of Indian regionalism

October 23, 2020 10:10 am

Although India is competing with China by investing in connectivity in the region, it has not fully embraced economic openness. India's reluctance to provide vital air gateways for Nepal, for example, is the manifestation of that attitude.

NEW DELHI, Oct 20: The Indian army said on Monday that it had captured a Chinese soldier after he strayed across a contested de facto border in the western Himalayan region where both countries have amassed thousands of troops after a deadly clash in June.

Bay of Bengal is now a critical theater for economic and strategic competition. It has always been a connector between South and Southeast Asia but now it is the focal point for competing connectivity initiatives.

Chinese nationalists erupted in anger at South Korean boy band BTS after its leader thanked Korean War veterans for their sacrifices

BEIJING, Oct 12: Chinese health authorities will test all 9 million people in the eastern city of Qingdao for the coronavirus this week after nine cases linked to a hospital were found, the government announced Monday.

Post-pandemic geopolitics

October 10, 2020 06:00 am

In 2030, COVID-19 looks just as unpleasant as the Great Influenza of 1918-20 looked from 1930, and with similar limited long-term geopolitical effects.

The American strategy of isolating China and thus making it weaker cannot ensure greater good.

Nepal understands resolving border dispute is going to be a long struggle. But the ball is in India’s court. Nepalis are warily waiting and watching India’s next move.

China and the US will use multilateralism, formal and informal, to protect the system within which they have flourished and to solidify the alliances with which they intend to chart their future course.

Making sense of China’s new plan

September 30, 2020 12:30 pm

If the rest of the world wants to cooperate on developing green products and services, China will oblige. If it doesn’t, China will rely on its own formidable strengths to sustain its growth and development.

BEIJING, Sept 24: Chinese officials say foreigners holding certain types of visas and residence permits will be permitted to return to China as the threat of the new coronavirus continues to recede.

KATHMANDU, Sept 23: Stating that the buildings constructed by the Chinese side along a Nepal-China border point in Humla district are situated on the Chinese side of the border, the Embassy of China in Kathmandu has asked Nepali authorities to verify the border points as agreed between the two countries in the past.