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.

TAIPEI, Sept 18: Taiwan’s presidential office urged China on Friday to exercise restraint, saying its recent aggressive behaviour in the Taiwan Strait and surrounding region did not help its international image.

BEIJING/TAIPEI, Sept 18: China began combat drills near the Taiwan Strait on Friday, the same day a senior U.S. official began high-level meetings in Taipei, as tensions rose and Beijing denounced tightening ties between Chinese-claimed Taiwan and the United States.

NEW DELHI/SHANGHAI, Sept 12: Five Indian nationals from a remote eastern state who had been detained by Chinese authorities in a region bordering Tibet were handed over to Indian authorities on Saturday, the Indian army said.

SHANGHAI, Sept 12: China will release five Indian nationals it detained earlier this month in a region bordering Tibet, state-back tabloid Global Times reported on Saturday, citing unnamed sources.

NEW DELHI. Sept 5: India said on Saturday it has agreed with China to work towards reducing tensions along their contested border, following a meeting of the defence ministers of both countries.

NEW DELHI, Sept 5: Defense ministers of India and China met in the Russian capital as the two sides try to resolve rising tensions along their disputed border in the eastern Ladakh region, where a June clash killed 20 Indian soldiers.

TORONTO/CHICAGO, Sept 1: High-profile COVID-19 vaccines developed in Russia and China share a potential shortcoming: They are based on a common cold virus that many people have been exposed to, potentially limiting their effectiveness, some experts say.

BEIJING, Aug 30: Rescue efforts ended at a two-story restaurant in a northern China village that collapsed during an 80th birthday celebration for a resident, leaving 29 dead, authorities said Sunday.

ITHACA – A few years ago, China’s currency seemed to be rising inexorably to global dominance. The renminbi had become the fifth most important currency for international payments, and in 2016, the International Monetary Fund included it in the basket of major currencies that determines the value of Special Drawing Rights (the IMF’s global reserve asset).

KATHMANDU, Aug 25: Social media users as well as others in Nepal are taken by surprise as Indian media outlets appear to be producing and reproducing news stories about Chinese encroachment of Nepali territory on the basis of a so-called government report which the Nepali authorities have already dismissed as a fake one.

The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal and the People’s Republic of China are celebrating 65 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations. These 65 years have been momentous in the history of both countries. China and Nepal have made transition to republic from a feudal system, and took determined efforts to come out of direct and indirect colonial influences.

DELHI, July 30: China warned on Thursday that a “forced decoupling” of its economy with India, following a Himalayan border clash last month that killed 20 Indian soldiers, would hurt both countries.

Will the US and China go to war?

July 30, 2020 08:00 am

Notions of liberal democracy and communism-socialism have long divided mankind into opposing ideological-social, political-economic governance models and world views. Both came together to defeat the menace of political populism, economic-tribal-territorial nationalism gripping Europe around the last world wars. But the power of ideas was so strong that the division re-emerged as the Cold War soon after World War II ended. Even as Europe, the old epicenter, struggles to evolve out of the dictates of outdated ideas, elsewhere division is now resurfacing with renewed vigor as US-China tussle.

KATHMANDU, July 24: Himalaya Airlines is set to operate two repatriation flights to Kunming, China on July 31.

China is going back to the movies. Following months of closure, limited numbers of movie goers were allowed back into cinemas Monday in cities such as Shanghai, Hanzhou and Guilin where the risk of virus infection is considered low. Customers wore masks, left open seats between them and observed other safety precautions

WASHINGTON, July 22:  The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday indicted two Chinese nationals over their role in what the agency called a decade-long cyber espionage campaign that targeted defense contractors, COVID researchers and hundreds of other victims worldwide.

BEIJING, July 16: China became the first major economy to grow since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, recording an unexpectedly strong 3.2% expansion in the latest quarter after anti-virus lockdowns were lifted and factories and stores reopened.

BEIJING, July 15: China said on Wednesday it was not afraid of any sanctions the United States might impose over the situation in the South China Sea, and accused Washington of stirring up trouble and destabilising the region.

BEIJING, July 13: China’s economy is showing steady recovery, but a hard battle still lies ahead as the situation remains severe both at home and abroad, state radio quoted Premier Li Keqiang as saying on Monday.

BEIJING/SINGAPORE, July 12: China on Sunday raised its flood response alert to the second highest grade as downpours continued to batter regions along the Yangtze River, with the eastern provinces of Jiangsu and Jiangxi among the worst hit, state media reported.

SHANGHAI, July 10: Four cities along China’s Yangtze river have declared top-level flood warnings over the past two days after torrential rain triggered landslides and inundated roads and farmland, with parts of the river threatening to burst its banks.

This year marks the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to her motherland.  On July 1, 1997, the Chinese government resumed exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong, and that opened a new era, featuring the principles of “one country, two systems”, “the people of Hong Kong administering Hong Kong” and a high degree of autonomy. Hong Kong has since embarked on a journey of unity and common development with the motherland. Since its return, with strong support from the motherland, Hong Kong withstood the impact of the Asian financial crisis, the SARS epidemic, the global financial crisis and the recent COVID-19 pandemic, and emerged stronger as an international financial, shipping and trading center. It has made great progress in the economy, rule of law, people’s livelihood and other various fields.

Psychologists Gordon Pennycook and David Rand claim “only unexpected information can filter through to higher stages of processing” because human responses gradually reduce ability to examine reliability of same information and the brain finally learns they are true.  The common citizens do not have the ability to distinguish such misinformation that largely determines its speed, reach, and impact to convince target audience.

SHANGHAI, June 30: A new flu virus found in Chinese pigs has become more infectious to humans and needs to be watched closely in case it becomes a potential “pandemic virus”, a study said, although experts said there is no imminent threat.

Hong Kong is China’s matter

June 28, 2020 12:13 pm

Hong Kong is a special administrative region (SAR) of China. Surrounded by the South China Sea on all sides except the north, which neighbours the Guangdong city of Shenzhen, Hong Kong has a free market economy in which the prices of goods and services are determined in a free price system.  It is said that Hong Kong is a paradise for shopping, a unique place where the East meets the West and old meets new. So living in Hong Kong will be an amazing experience, everybody loves this cosmopolitan city. There is a moderately large population of Nepali people in Hong Kong.

BEIJING, June 27: Mainland China reported on Saturday the highest number of new coronavirus cases in four days, driven by a COVID-19 resurgence in the Chinese capital of Beijing.

KATHMANDU, June 22: The main opposition party, Nepali Congress (NC), has accused the government of tilting more toward China even as it expressed commitment to pursue equidistance relations with both immediate neighbors of Nepal.

NEW DELHI, June 22: Indian and Chinese military commanders held a second round of talks to ease tensions at their contested border on Monday, as the public mood hardened in India for a military and economic riposte to China following the worst clash in over five decades.

BEIJING, June 17: Officials cancelled scores of domestic flights in and out of Beijing on Wednesday as they ramped up attempts to contain a coronavirus outbreak in the Chinese capital over the past week that has sparked fears of renewed wider contagion.