BEIJING, March 2: China and the United States should remove all barriers to travel between the two countries if the United States achieves herd immunity for COVID-19 with 90% of its population vaccinated, potentially by August, a Chinese epidemiologist has said.

KATHMANDU, March 1: China has announced to provide an additional 300,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Nepal under grant assistance. The northern neighbor had earlier announced to provide 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines under grant assistance to support Nepal in its fight against the pandemic.

BEIJING, Feb 24: China says its Tianwen-1 spacecraft has entered a temporary parking orbit around Mars in anticipation of landing a rover on the red planet in the coming months.

America is (sort of) back

February 21, 2021 08:47 am

The days of US hegemony are over, and America’s dysfunctional political system is incapable of countering China’s development strategy even by upgrading its own obsolete infrastructure.

WASHINGTON, Feb 20: The United States is concerned by China’s recently enacted coast guard law and that it could escalate maritime disputes and be invoked to assert unlawful claims, the U.S. State Department said on Friday.

CHINA, Feb 17: A fire that broke out at a gold mine in east China’s Shandong province killed two people and left four others missing, state media reported on Wednesday.

SHANGHAI, Feb 13: China refused to give raw data on early COVID-19 cases to a World Health Organization-led team probing the origins of the pandemic, one of the team’s investigators said, potentially complicating efforts to understand how the outbreak began.

Reflections on a plague year

February 11, 2021 08:00 am

COVID-19 crisis has accelerated Asia’s global rise in terms of relative economic growth, with China driving the region’s ascent. The contrast between China’s governance structure and that of Western democracies will thus become an even bigger issue for many leaders than it already is.

Whither US foreign policy?

February 10, 2021 08:35 am

Biden voiced strong criticism of Chinese behavior, but also noted a desire to work with Xi’s regime when it is in America’s interest to do so. China will have to decide whether it is prepared to reciprocate in the face of US criticism, sanctions, and export restrictions on sensitive technology.

Why is China cracking down on Alibaba?

February 4, 2021 08:00 am

The government’s sudden and aggressive move against the firm reveals much about the regulatory regime’s weaknesses.

Problem with the COVID convergence

February 2, 2021 08:00 am

Efficient use of available resources and effective implementation will be more important than ever. With the rich getting poorer, the poor must take matters into their own hands.

SHANGHAI, Feb 2: Chinese police arrested more than 80 people and confiscated over 3,000 fake doses of COVID-19 vaccine as part of a campaign to combat vaccine-related crimes, state news agency Xinhua reported.

KATHMANDU, Feb 1: The export of Nepali goods via Rasuwagadhi, an international trade gateway with China, has been suspended for a year and a half now.

America needs a new strategy

February 1, 2021 08:00 am

Without allowing China to become a regional power, the US cannot maintain its leadership position. The US should persuade China to be responsible for international peace and security.

WUHAN, CHINA, Jan 31: A World Health Organization-led team of experts investigating the origins of COVID-19 in the central Chinese city of Wuhan was expected to visit Huanan market later on Sunday, a wholesale seafood centre where the new coronavirus was initially detected.

WUHAN, CHINA, Jan 30: The World Health Organization-led team investigating the origins of COVID-19 during a mission that has been tightly controlled by its Chinese hosts visited a hospital on Saturday in the central city of Wuhan that treated early coronavirus patients.

BEIJING/LONDON, Jan 29: China said on Friday that it would not recognise the British National Overseas (BNO) passport as a valid travel document from Jan. 31, just as Britain offered a path to citizenship to millions of Hong Kong people eligible for it.

WUHAN, CHINA, Jan 28: A World Health Organization-led team investigating the origins of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic left a quarantine hotel in Wuhan on Thursday to begin field work, two weeks after arriving in the Chinese city where the virus emerged in late 2019.

WUHAN, Jan 28: A World Health Organization-led team investigating the origins of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic was expected to leave their quarantine hotel on Thursday to begin field work, two weeks after arriving in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus emerged in late 2019.

BEIJING, Jan 25: Chinese rescuers have found the bodies of nine workers killed in explosions at a gold mine, raising the death toll to 10, officials said Monday.

BEIJING, Jan 24: Rescuers in China on Sunday lifted to the surface one of 22 workers trapped for two weeks after an explosion in a northern gold mine, state media reported.

BEIJING , Jan 24: A Chinese city has brought 2,600 temporary treatment rooms online as the country’s north battles new clusters of coronavirus.

The Internet versus democracy

January 24, 2021 08:00 am

In a decade punctuated by the global financial crisis, the COVID-19 crisis, a racial-justice crisis, an inequality crisis, and now a political crisis, we have only paid lip service to lofty democratic ideals.

BEIJING, Jan 22:  Beijing launched mass COVID-19 testing in some areas on Friday and Shanghai was testing all hospital staff as China battles its worst outbreak of the disease since March, with families fretting over Lunar New Year reunion plans amid new curbs.

BEIJING, Jan 18: Chinese state media say 12 out of 22 workers trapped for a week by an explosion in a gold mine are alive, as hundreds of rescuers seek to bring them to safety.

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.