The then US President Richard Nixon’s attempt to dash communism and a complete ban on marijuana in the 1970s, wrecked a Himalayan hippie Shangri-La in Nepal. Two years after President Nixon announced an international ‘war on drugs,’ Vice President Spiro Agnew visited Nepal. Months later, Nepal enacted the first anti-drug laws.

After more than a year of fighting, it is clear that neither side in the Russia-Ukraine war can win on the battlefield. A negotiated ceasefire is the only way out of the current military deadlock, and it must happen before Russia and China cement a strategic axis that weakens the West and leaves Taiwan more vulnerable than ever.

KATHMANDU, March 13: The People's Republic of China has congratulated the newly elected President Ram Chandra Paudel.

Last week, US President Joe Biden made an unannounced trip to Ukraine and subsequently announced a considerable aid amount to Ukraine in its war against Russia, while Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed his commitment to protect Russian security by “ramping up nuclear capabilities” while marking the first anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

American Interests in Nepal

February 15, 2023 08:30 am

Nepal, as a land-linked nation between the two emerging global powers China and India, draws the attention of the superpowers as well, including the United States. Nepal stands to benefit from this situation immensely if it can conduct its diplomacy properly and wisely.

With the formation of a new government, it seems that in the diplomatic contest between the three global powers in Nepal - India, China and the USA - China came victorious!

US Seeks Closer Ties with Africa

December 23, 2022 10:00 am

The US has completely realized the importance of Africa and investing in Africa is not just about competing with China and Russia; apart from the natural resources, Africa is an epicenter of tremendous opportunity. If human capital truly is the greatest asset for economic growth, Africa has unappreciated potential.

Tech Giants in Trouble?

December 5, 2022 09:49 am

There is a speculation that in the next 6 to 12 years around 50 percent of jobs could be laid off in tech companies.

PARIS, Nov 27: As Iran prepares to play diplomatic arch-rivals the United States in the World Cup on Tuesday, AFP looks at how geopolitics have spilled onto the pitch in previous World Cups:

SEOUL, Nov 17: North Korea warned on Thursday of "fiercer military responses" to U.S. efforts to boost its security presence in the region with its allies, state media said, saying Washington is taking a "gamble it will regret".

SEOUL, South Korea: North Korea on Tuesday accused the United States of cooking up a “plot-breeding story” on its alleged arms transfer to Russia, arguing it has never sent artillery shells to Moscow.

Euro slightly gains against US dollar

October 28, 2022 18:05 pm

KATHMANDU, Oct 28: Euro has slightly appreciated against the US dollar. Lately, the value of the US dollar has been on a continuous rise.

BEIJING, Oct 27: President Xi Jinping said China is willing to work with the United States to find ways to get along to the benefit of both, Chinese state television reported on Thursday, ahead of a possible meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden in Indonesia.

WASHINGTON, Oct 22: Former President Donald Trump was ordered on Friday to testify under oath and provide documents to the House of Representatives committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by his supporters.

Finance Minister Sharma in USA

October 12, 2022 14:21 pm

WASHINGTON DC, Oct 12: Finance Minister Janardan Sharma arrived in Washington DC, the capital of the United States of America (USA) on Tuesday evening in connection with participating in the Annual Conference of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Oct 8: The Biden administration on Friday published a sweeping set of export controls, including a measure to cut China off from certain semiconductor chips made anywhere in the world with U.S. equipment, vastly expanding its reach in its bid to slow Beijing's technological and military advances.

KATHMANDU, Sept 27: Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau, the Acting Assistant Secretary for Global Public Affairs of the US Department of State, is going to visit Nepal.

BEIJING, Sept 24: The United States is sending "very wrong, dangerous signals" on Taiwan, and the more rampant Taiwan independence activities are the less likely a peaceful settlement will be, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Nepal is already on the tactical, strategic and military radar of America. The military exercises in the name of training between the USA and Nepal oftentimes are worrisome. There are already an estimated 5,000 American troops in Nepal in disguised form.

KATHMANDU, August 19: The projects under the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact will be implemented from August 2023. The Executive Director of Millennium Challenge Account Nepal (MCA Nepal), Khadka Bahadur Bista said in a press conference held on Thursday that the construction of the MCC projects will start from August, 2023.

TAIPEI, August 6: China announced on Friday it was halting dialogue with the United States in a number of areas, including between theater-level military commanders and on climate change, in a furore over U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan.

TAIPEI, Aug 5: China's firing of missiles during military drills around Taiwan was an unjustified escalation, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, as Beijing said it would impose sanctions on House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi for visiting the island.

America is a heterogeneous country, in the sense that it has multiple races as well as ethnicities originating from all over the world. Over the years, however, Americans have manufactured a singular identity prioritizing European culture, especially during holidays like the Fourth of July, Christmas, and other religious festivities and traditions.

TAIPEI, Aug 4: China launched unprecedented live-fire military drills in six areas that ring Taiwan on Thursday, a day after a visit by U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the self-ruled island that Beijing regards as its sovereign territory.

TAIPEI, Aug 2: U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi was expected to arrive in Taipei later on Tuesday, people briefed on the matter said, as several Chinese warplanes flew close to the median line dividing the Taiwan Strait, a source told Reuters.

JAKARTA, July 30: Some 4,000 soldiers mostly from Indonesia and the United States will conduct a joint military exercise next week that underscores "the importance we place on a free and open Indo-Pacific region," a senior U.S. military official said on Friday.

KYIV, July 23: The United States promised more military support for Ukraine, including drones, and is doing preliminary work on whether to send fighter aircraft, as fighting raged on in the east of the country five months into Russia's invasion.

BEIJING, July 20: China's government on Tuesday warned that it would take "forceful measures" if U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan, after the Financial Times said she would go to the Chinese-claimed island next month.

July 16: The United states and Saudi Arabia agreed on the importance of stopping Iran from "acquiring a nuclear weapon", during a visit by U.S. President Joe Biden, a joint statement carried by the Saudi state news agency (SPA) said.

KATHMANDU, July 15: China has rejected the claim of the US Ambassador Nominee Dean R. Thomson that Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact was ratified by Nepal in the face of China's 'disinformation campaign'.

CoAS Sharma visits UN headquarter

July 2, 2022 14:25 pm

KATHMANDU, July 2: Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) Prabhu Ram Sharma and his delegation that are on an official visit to the United States of America, visited the UN headquarters on Friday.

WASHINGTON, July 2: President Joe Biden predicted on Friday that some U.S. states will try to arrest women for crossing state lines to get abortions after the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to the procedures nationwide.

The United States (US) released a well-timed comprehensive bipartisan cryptocurrency (crypto) bill on 7th June 2022. What will be the future of crypto in the US and what can Nepal learn from the US?

KATHMANDU, June 18: Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) Prabhu Ram Sharma left for Lebanon on Saturday for an official visit, leading a seven-member team.

KATHMANDU, June 17: Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) Prabhu Ram Sharma has clarified that the USA has not provided any weapons to Nepal. He claimed that the USA had so far provided only the necessary equipment to the NA during the disasters and had not provided any ammunition through the State Partnership Program (SPP).

KATHMANDU, June 16: The Nepali national cricket team faced a 39-run defeat at the hands of the US in the ICC World Cup League-2.

KATHMANDU, June 15: The Nepal Army (NA) has made it clear that it has not entered into any agreement with either the US Army or the US government regarding the Strategic Partnership Program (SPP).

KATHMANDU, June 13: A parliamentary committee has called Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to collect information regarding his upcoming visit to the United States of America (USA).

Relations between Kathmandu and Washington over the past seven decades have grown steadily covering a wide range of cooperation. The exchange of visits at senior officials’ level has been a regular feature in the bilateral relation.

SINGAPORE, June 11: The United States will do its part to manage tensions with China and prevent conflict even though Beijing is becoming increasingly aggressive in the Asian region, including near Taiwan, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Saturday.

A special ceremony was organized at Patan Durbar Square to mark the completion of the renovation of cultural artifacts in the area with the support of $ 150,000 donated by the US government’s Ambassador Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) program. The celebration was also a part of the 75th anniversary of the establishment of Nepal-US diplomatic relations.

KATHMANDU, May 1: The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact has been published in the Nepal Gazette, the government's official bulletin.

KATHMANDU, April 30: The diplomatic relation between Nepal and the United States has entered 75 years. A number of programs were organized this week to mark the 75th founding anniversary of the Nepal-US diplomatic relations.

KATHMANDU, April 23: Urban Development Minister Jhakri left for the United States on Friday evening to address a high-level meeting at the UN Habitat headquarters in New York.

KATHMANDU, April 16: The United States of America, who had agreed to provide about 60 billion in grants through the US aid project Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), is set to provide an additional 80 billion grant to Nepal.

KATHMANDU, April 15: The government has decided to take a loan of USD 150 million, equivalent to Rs 18 billion from the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank.

WASHINGTON, April 13: U.S. President Joe Biden's administration is expected to announce as soon as Wednesday another $750 million in military assistance for Ukraine for its fight against Russian forces, two U.S. officials familiar with the matter told Reuters.

BRI and MCC: Implications for Nepal

April 11, 2022 06:30 am

China and the United States came face-to-face over the issue of MCC agreement’s ratification through parliament. This is not a good sign for Nepal. The strategic rivalry between the US and China in Nepal should not be taken lightly.

KIEV, March 31: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Wednesday that he has discussed support for Ukraine with U.S. President Joe Biden. "Talked about specific defensive support, a new package of enhanced sanctions, macro-financial and humanitarian aid," Zelensky tweeted after the talks.

KYIV/LVIV, Ukraine, March 19: Russia said its forces were "tightening the noose" around the besieged Ukrainian port of Mariupol on Friday and concern grew over mass civilian casualties as the United States again warned China against aiding Moscow in its invasion.