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

KATHMANDU, March 13: The meeting of industrialists and businessmen of Nepal and China has been held after four years.

China’s positive gesture

March 13, 2023 08:20 am

China’s decision to include Nepal in its list of outbound destinations for its citizens in the second batch of countries for outbound travel is a welcome relief for Nepal’s ailing tourism industry. Nepal is among the 40 countries in the list of outbound destinations released by China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, making it the third South Asian country to be included in the list of outbound destinations for Chinese tourists.

KATHMANDU, March 11: Much to the relief of the country’s ailing tourism industry, China has included Nepal in the list of outbound destinations for its citizens in the second batch of countries for outbound travel released on Friday.

BEIJING, March 10: China's rubber-stamp parliament, the National People's Congress (NPC), wraps up on Monday, capping what is expected to be the biggest government reshuffle in a decade after setting a modest target for annual economic growth.

BEIJING, March 6: China said Sunday its military spending would rise at the fastest pace in four years, warning of "escalating" threats from abroad at a meeting of its rubber-stamp parliament that is set to hand Xi Jinping a third term as president.

Trade and Investment Policy in South Asia

February 28, 2023 08:00 am

During the 1980s, the economy of China and India were almost at the same level in terms of GDP, per capita GDP and growth rates with coequal population. However, within a 30-year period, China dramatically surpassed India in the growth rate by a huge margin and per capita GDP five times that of India. The reason behind China’s high performance was its willingness to let foreign investors access its assets, labor and non-traded infrastructure at a significantly lower cost than its Indian competitor. Moreover, the decision-making process to approve foreign investment in China was simple and fast compared to the lengthy process and long deliberations in India.

BEIJING, Feb 23: An earthquake of about 7.2 magnitude occurred in Tajikistan at around 8:37 a.m. (0037 GMT), at a depth of 10 km (6 miles), Chinese state television CCTV reported on Thursday,citing the China Earthquake Networks Center.

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 22: Russia has urged U.N. states to vote against an "unbalanced and anti-Russian" move at the General Assembly by Ukraine and others to mark one year since Moscow invaded, as China said on Tuesday it could release a "position paper" on the war within days.

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.

KATHMANDU, Feb 10: Himalaya Airlines is set to resume its flights to China's capital Beijing from Saturday (tomorrow). The airline will resume regular flights on this route.

POKHARA, Feb 10: The Nepali tourism industry had been making good profits from the tourists arriving in the country from its two immediate neighbors India and China. Until a few years ago, the tourism entrepreneurs were quite happy as enough tourists would come from India and China and the addition of domestic tourists and visitors from other countries would ensure enough income for them. The entrepreneurs would be even happier as the tourists from India and China would die to visit Pokhara.

POKHARA, Feb 5: The Pokhara chapter of Hotel Association of Nepal (HAN) has urged the Embassy of China in Kathmandu to take initiative to include Nepal in its tourist destination list.

China’s harm’s way

January 24, 2023 10:00 am

Nepal’s trade with China via the land routes has been disrupted once again with the Chinese side halting the trade through Rasuwagadhi-Kerung till February 3. The Chinese side has cited the celebration of Chinese New Year, which kicked off on January 22 and will be celebrated through February 5. The abrupt decision of Chinese authorities to close the only border point that is currently operational between the two countries comes barely a month after the northern neighbor opened the border point following its decision to ease COVID-19 related restrictions it enforced to contain the spread of the virus. The border point was opened after a hiatus of three years after the outbreak of COVID-19 in China.

KATHMANDU, Jan 21: Nepal’s trade with China via the land routes has been disrupted once again with the Chinese side halting the trade through Rasuwagadhi-Kerung till February 3.

Why is Nepal Dallying BRI Projects?

January 19, 2023 09:30 am

Nepal could benefit from better connectivity ties with its northern neighbors through BRI projects but to be able to do so, it is important that Nepal negotiate better with China.

China has lifted its unofficial ban on Marvel titles, bestowing release dates for two major superhero tentpoles, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania," as per the report of Variety

HONG KONG, Jan 14 : Living under China's stringent COVID-19 restrictions for the past three years had caused Zhang Qi enough stress and uncertainty to consider not having babies in the country.

BEIJING/WUHAN, Jan 2: Some people in China's key cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Wuhan braved the cold and a spike in COVID-19 infections to return to regular activity on Monday, confident of a boost to the economy as more recover from infections.

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!

KATHMANDU, Dec 28: China on Tuesday permitted a notable number of Nepal’s cargo trucks carrying exportable goods to move across the border at the Rasuwagadhi-Kerung checkpoint, ending a 31-month long unannounced blockade.

PARIS, Dec 28: European and Asian markets advanced on Tuesday after China said it would end quarantines for overseas arrivals, spurring hopes for the revival of the world's second-largest economy.

KATHMANDU, Dec 27: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China has congratulated the newly formed government of Nepal and expected coordination and collaboration on strategic issues including the 'Belt and Road Initiative' (BRI).

Caution Against Covid-19

December 27, 2022 08:00 am

COVID-19 cases in China have been rapidly increasing in various major cities in recent weeks as the virus sweeps through China largely unchecked. Nepal’s northern neighbor had been largely sheltered from the virus for much of the pandemic. But it is now reportedly experiencing “the world’s biggest surge in infections” after the hardline Covid-19 containment measures implemented in China earlier were loosened earlier this month following protests.

KATHMANDU, Dec 26: Nepal's new government, led by a former Maoist rebel commander, will try to balance ties with its immediate neighbours China and India for the economic growth of one of the world's poorest countries, officials of the ruliIng coalition told Reuters.

KATHMANDU, Dec 8: The Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) exported electricity worth Rs 7.55 billion to India during the period from mid-July to November of the current financial year, but the construction work of the transmission line connecting another neighboring country, China, has been delayed for seven years. After the Indian blockade in 2015, the Nepal government proposed an international transmission line connecting to China to reduce the country’s dependence on India.

SEOUL, Nov 29: China not only has the responsibility but the capability to influence North Korea's behaviour, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol said, calling on Beijing to dissuade Pyongyang from pursuing banned development of nuclear weapons and missiles.

Nov 27: Public anger in China towards widening COVID-19 lockdowns across the country erupted into rare protests in China’s far western Xinjiang region and the country's capital of Beijing, as nationwide infections set another record.

WASHINGTON, Nov 11: U.S. President Joe Biden hopes to limit deterioration of ties with China when he meets its leader Xi Jinping next week, but will be honest about U.S. concerns, including over Taiwan and human rights, a senior administration official said on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, Nov 11: Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun has expressed his hope that the relations between Nepal and China would be further expanded and consolidated through the means of economic diplomacy.

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.

BEIJING, Oct 23: China's Xi Jinping secured a precedent-breaking third leadership term on Sunday and introduced a new top governing body stacked with loyalists, cementing his place as the country's most powerful ruler since Mao Zedong.

BEIJING, Oct 22: China's ruling Communist Party wrapped up its twice-a-decade congress on Saturday, cementing Xi Jinping's iron grip on power and revealing a new Central Committee missing two key officials lacking close ties to the leader.

Ukraine war and attendant crises have shown that world peace and security have come to be closely connected to energy/power market. This makes Nepal’s abundant water resources tied to security and stability in the larger context. Climate policy needs to be integrated in foreign policy and included in talking points at all levels. Climate justice has to be there for  the “victims of climate change.”

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.

China is just clearing the Nepal-bound cargo containers stuck at the border, but is least bothered about barrier-free movement for Nepali traders

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.

South Asia was divided while responding to Pelosi's Taiwan visit. Pakistan and Afghanistan followed the Chinese standpoint. Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka reiterated their one-China policy and leveraged it to attain their interests but India and the Maldives opposed China to reiterate their policy.

KATHMANDU, Sept 16: The two major border crossings closed by China have been reopened. China has opened the border points since Thursday after ethical questions were raised about the closure of the border crossings with Chinese Communist Party (CPC) leader and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), Li Zhanshu, who visited Nepal recently. It is said that the checkpoints were opened only to release goods stopped in transit.

SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan, Sept 16: Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Thursday for his “balanced” approach to the Ukrainian crisis and blasted Washington’s “ugly” policies at a meeting that followed a major setback for Moscow on the battlefield.

KATHMANDU, Sept 15: The Tatopani and Rasuwa checkpoints between Nepal and China have been reopened from today. China had closed both these checkpoints for more than one month, citing increasing cases of COVID-19.

KATHMANDU, Sept 15: Chinese Communist Party (CPC) leader and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), Li Zhanshu who was on a four-day official visit to Nepal, has returned home today.

KATHMANDU, Sept 14: The Kathmandu Valley Traffic Police Office has informed all that  vehicular movement in Kathmandu Valley may be affected as the visiting top Chinese legislator will be busy holding high-level meetings on Wednesday as well.

KATHMANDU, Sept 14: Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China, Li Zhanshu, is paying a courtesy call on President Bidya Devi Bhandari at the Rashtrapati Bhawan at 4 PM today.

KATHMANDU, Sept 13: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that Nepal and China have multifaceted relations.

KATHMANDU, September 13: A meeting was held between the delegation led by Chairman of Nepal Communist Party (Maoist Center) Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Li Zhansu, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress and leader of Chinese Communist Party who is on an official visit of Nepal.

KATHMANDU, Sept 13: China has assured that it will clear all containers destined to Nepal before the festive season in Nepal. At the request of Nepal, the Chinese side also assured that it will take necessary measures to address the widening trade gaps between the two countries and encourage its entrepreneurs to invest in Nepal, particularly in areas that support the livelihood of the Nepali people.

BEIJING, Sept 13: Officials in China's Sichuan province, which was hit by an earthquake that killed 93 last week, lowered the emergency response level as most transportation, electricity and communication services resumed, state media reported on Tuesday.

Nepal, China ink MoU on Inter-parliamentary Cooperation

KATHMANDU, Sept 12: Li Zhanshu, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China, is arriving in Kathmandu today on a four-day official visit to Nepal at the invitation of Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota.