KATHMANDU, May 17: The Parliamentary Hearing Committee (PHC) has unanimously endorsed the names of Nepal’s ambassadors to China and South Africa recommended by the government.

For India, if it is insecure about losing its foothold in South-Asia to China, then it is time to look beyond the Roti-Beti rhetoric and focus on its neighbours’ economic aspirations.

KATHMANDU, April 22: China has expressed its dissatisfaction over the government’s recent decision to build the Budhi Gandaki Hydroelectric Project itself by scrapping the project awarded earlier to a Chinese contractor.

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.

The world should not forget Afghanistan, and the United States, the maker of Afghanistan’s problems, should not deliberately ignore and stay away from the Afghan issue. It is better for the doer to undo what he has done.

KATHMANDU, March 29: The government has decided to approve the grant assistance and the technical assistance related to the feasibility study of trans-border railway to be received under the Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement proposed by the government of the People's Republic of China.

KATHMANDU, March 27: The government of the People's Republic of China will provide more than Rs 11.40 billion in grant assistance to the Government of Nepal under financial and technical assistance. The amount will be spent on the implementation of projects agreed upon by both the countries, according to the Ministry of Finance.

KATHMANDU, March 26: Nepal and China have inked nine sets of instruments to enhance mutual cooperation and partnership. Both countries have agreed to further strengthen the cooperative relation and partnership between Nepal and China. Such an agreement was reached during the Nepal-China Foreign Minister level talks held here today.

KATHMANDU, March 26: State Councilor and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China, Wang Yi, who is on a visit to Nepal, has met Foreign Minister Dr Narayan Khadka. The  meeting between Dr Khadka and his Chinese counterpart Wang was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Singha Durbar today.

KATHMANDU, March 26: A delegation led by CPN-UML Vice-Chairperson Bishnu Poudel has returned home after completing a four-day visit to China.

KATHMANDU, March 25: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is arriving in Kathmandu on a three-day official visit to Nepal today.

SINDHUPALCHOWK, March 24: A total of 232 metric tonnes of urea fertilizer has been imported from China through the Tatopani transit, said the Tatopani Customs Office. This import is expected to give relief to farmers who have been reeling under shortage of fertilizers.

KUNMING, China, March 22: No survivors have been found as rescuers on Tuesday searched the scattered wreckage of a China Eastern plane carrying 132 people that crashed a day earlier on a wooded mountainside in China’s worst air disaster in more than a decade.

BEIJING, March 21: A China Eastern Airlines (600115.SS) aircraft with 132 people on board crashed in mountains in south China on Monday while on a flight from the city of Kunming to Guangzhou, China's Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said.

KATHMANDU, March 21: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is arriving in Kathmandu on a three-day official visit to Nepal on Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) announced on Monday.

KATHMANDU, March 21: A China Eastern Airlines aircraft carrying 133 people on board crashed in the Guangxi region of China on Monday.

KATHMANDU, March 21: A delegation led by CPN-UML Vice-chairman Bishnu Prasad Poudel left for China today to participate in a program on 'Economic Cooperation and Cultural Exchange'.

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.

BEIJING, March 15: China posted a steep jump in daily COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, with new cases more than doubling from a day earlier to hit a two-year high, raising concerns about the rising economic costs of the country's tough containment measures.

RASUWA, March 12: The quantity of Chinese goods imported through the Rasuwagadhi transit is set to increase. An agreement was reached to increase the volume of Chinese goods imported into Nepal from the transit during 'virtual' talks between the border officials of Rasuwa and Jilung Province in Kerung, according to the District Administration Office.

BEIJING, March 5: The Chinese rights holders of the English Premier League are not airing its football matches this weekend, schedules show, with the games expected to show solidarity with Ukraine after Russia's inasion.

BEIJING, March 5: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang pledged on Saturday to advance peaceful growth in relations with Taiwan and "reunification", and said his government firmly opposes any separatist activities or foreign interference, drawing a firm rebuke from Taipei.

March 1: China has always supported and encouraged all diplomatic efforts that are conducive to the peaceful settlement of the Ukraine crisis, and welcomes the launch of peace talks between Russia and Ukraine, a foreign ministry spokesperson said Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, Feb 28: A day after Nepal parliament endorsed the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) grant agreement amid its reservations, China has said that it has noted the decision and the Interpretive Declarations passed along with the MCC grant agreement.

KATHMANDU, Feb 20: In a pointed yet restrained statement to the comments and counter comments made recently by China and the US on MCC grant agreement, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Sunday clarified hat any decision to accept development assistance is taken by Nepal on the basis of its national interests and priority.

KATHMANDU, Feb 18: China has accused US of employing 'coercive diplomacy" against Nepal on MCC grant agreement that awaits parliamentary ratification for its implementation.

Rejecting both MCC and BRI would be economic nonsense because the country is in dire need of funds for its ambitions. Rejecting BRI and going on with MCC alone means that we remain sort of disconnected from the Chinese economy and increase reliance on the big bullying brother of the south. What if we reject MCC and align completely with the Xi path? That's also ridiculous, because China itself trades massively with the USA and gains a huge sum, though quarrels politically as hell. Accepting both the proposals seems an economic fun with a boom in infrastructure, but the political cost is huge.

BEIJING, Feb 3: Beijing reported three new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday as officials said the virus situation was under control with the Olympic Games set to open later in the week.

BEIJING, Feb 1: During the past four days China has detected 119 COVID-19 cases among athletes and personnel involved in the Beijing Winter Olympics, with authorities imposing a "closed loop" bubble to keep participants, staff and media separated from the public.

BEIJING, Jan 24: People in a Beijing district with some 2 million residents were ordered Sunday to undergo mass coronavirus testing following a series of infections as China tightened anti-disease controls ahead of the Winter Olympics.

KATHMANDU, Jan 20: A total of two million syringes donated by China have arrived in Nepal on Saturday.

KATHMANDU, Jan 13: Traders and locals have demanded that the two transit points with China be made operational as the operation has not been smooth for a long time.

BEIJING, Jan 11: A third Chinese city has locked down its residents because of a COVID-19 outbreak, raising the number confined to their homes in China to about 20 million people.

BEIJING, Dec 25: China Saturday reported its highest number of new coronavirus cases in four months as officials rushed to contain outbreaks in several regions, including Xi'an city where millions are still under lockdown.

It would be a litmus test for Nepal to maintain and continue its age-old non-aligned foreign policy in case any emerging regional super power presses her and forces her to oblige them with a strategic partnership. Tilting against the other with a security alliance would be a blunder for its survival. There could possibly be a Himalayan Triangle, a formation of three nations China, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, rather than a Himalayan Quadrangle with the inclusion of Nepal.

KATHMANDU, Nov 26: CPN (Maoist Centre) Standing Committee member Barshaman Pun, who is fighting with an increased level of bilirubin, has been taken to China for further treatment.

MOSCOW, Nov 19: Relations between Russia and China have reached their highest level in history, and the two countries will step up cooperation further, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.

WASHINGTON, Nov 18: The Biden administration has asked some of the world's largest oil consuming nations - including China, India and Japan - to consider releasing crude stockpiles in a coordinated effort to lower global energy prices, according to several people familiar with the matter.

BEIJING, Nov 15: China is battling the spread of its biggest COVID-19 outbreak caused by the Delta variant, according to numbers announced on Monday, with travelers from a city where infections have grown faster than elsewhere in the country subject to tough quarantine rules in nearby areas.

KATHMANDU, Nov 12: The China-Nepal Friendship Medical Research Center of Professor Rajiv Kumar Jha, established at Xi'an Medical University in Xi'an, China, has been selected for the research institute convened by the Chinese government.

China in the United Nations

November 4, 2021 06:30 am

China now heads four of the UN’s 15 Specialized Agencies including the Food and Agriculture Organization, International Telecommunication Union, United Nations Industrial Development, and International Civil Aviation Organization. As the US suspended funding to the WHO in 2020, China promised $2 billion to fight the pandemic. The Economist writes “any retreat by America from global leadership is an opportunity for China.”

KATHMANDU, Nov 3: A total of 1.6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines arrived from China on Wednesday. China has provided 1.6 million doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine to Nepal.

BALTIMORE, Oct 22: The United States would come to Taiwan's defense and has a commitment to defend the island China claims as its own territory, U.S. President Joe Biden said on Thursday, comments that appeared to be a break with official policy.

KATHMANDU, Oct 19: China has agreed to provide an additional grant of two million COVID-19 vaccines to Nepal.

TAIPEI, Oct 10: Taiwan will keep bolstering its defences to ensure nobody can force the island to accept the path China has laid down that offers neither freedom nor democracy, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Sunday, in a strong riposte to Beijing.

Medical students, who have not been able to complete their internships in China due to travel restriction to China following the COVID-19 pandemic, have continued with their protests demanding the government make necessary arrangements for internship.

MBBS students who have not been able to complete their internships in China due to the coronavirus pandemic have continued their protest programs.

KATHMANDU, Sept 26: A parliamentary committee has directed the government to immediately make arrangements for students who returned from China due to COVID-19 to back and continue their studies. A meeting of the Education and Health Committee under the House of Representatives held at Singha Durbar on Sunday directed the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology to take immediate diplomatic initiative to send the students who have been stranded in Nepal due to COVID-19 to China for study.

KATHMANDU, Sept 26: More than 1,000 trucks loaded with Dashain-targeted goods have been stuck at the Nepal-China border points due to the strict measures enforced by the Chinese authorities.

WASHINGTON, Sept 25: Leaders of the United States, Japan, India and Australia vowed on Friday to pursue a free and open Indo-Pacific region "undaunted by coercion" at their first in-person summit, which presented a united front amid shared concerns about China.