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

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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.

LVIV, Ukraine, March 15: The United States warned China against providing military or financial help to Moscow after its invasion of Ukraine, as sanctions on Russian political and business leaders mounted and civilians sought to flee intense fighting on the ground.

WASHINGTON, March 10: The US House of Representatives on Wednesday evening passed omnibus spending legislation to fund the federal government through September 30 and provide $13.6 billion in assistance to Ukraine amid the ongoing Russian military operation.

WASHINGTON/KYIV, March 2: A week after launching its invasion of Ukraine, Russia said its forces took control the first sizable city on Wednesday, seizing Kherson, in the south, as fighting raged around the country and Western nations tightened an economic noose around Russia.

KATHMANDU, Feb 25: As many as 34 political parties and organizations are set to hold protests against the US-funded Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact agreement on Friday.

MCC in Nepal: Games Nations Play!

February 23, 2022 06:30 am

The geopolitical confrontation between the US and China has been escalating since 2015 and Nepal is in a sensitive position in terms of geographical location. That is why we need to have a balanced relationship not only with India and China, but also with the United States.

PARIS, Feb 21: US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have accepted in principle to hold a summit, so long as Moscow does not invade Ukraine, the French presidency announced Monday.

MOSCOW/KYIV/DONETSK, Feb 19: Russia's Vladimir Putin has decided to invade Ukraine within days, U.S. President Joe Biden said on Friday after separatists backed by Moscow told civilians to leave breakaway regions on buses, a move the West fears is part of a pretext for an attack.

KATHMANDU, Feb 16: A demonstration was held in the central capital today, in support of the US-funded Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact agreement.

WASHINGTON, Feb 12: U.S. President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will speak on Saturday as Western nations warned that a war in Ukraine could ignite at any moment.

WASHINGTON, Feb 12: The United States will be sending 3,000 additional troops to Poland in the coming days to try and help reassure NATO allies, four U.S. officials told Reuters on Friday, as Russia held military exercises in Belarus and the Black Sea following the buildup of its forces near Ukraine.

WASHINGTON, Feb 12: The White House is warning the chip industry to diversify its supply chain in case Russia retaliates against threatened U.S. export curbs by blocking access to key materials, people familiar with the matter said.

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW, Feb 12: Americans in Ukraine should leave within 48 hours as Russia could attack at any time, likely with an air assault, the White House said on Friday as Moscow accused Western nations of lying to distract from their own aggressive acts

WASHINGTON, Feb 11: The United States has issued a new advisory urging Americans in Ukraine to leave the country at the earliest possibility, strengthening earlier warnings that urged its citizens to "consider" such action, US State Department said in a travel advisory.

TAIPEI, Feb 8: The United States has approved a possible USD 100 million sales of equipment and services to Taiwan to "sustain, maintain, and improve" the Patriot missile defense system used by the self-governing island claimed by China.

Feb 6: The coronavirus pandemic reached a grim new milestone in the United States on Friday with the nation's cumulative death toll from COVID-19 surpassing 900,000, even as the daily number of lives lost has begun to level off, according to data collected by Reuters.

WASHINGTON, Feb 5: The number of US deaths caused by the novel coronavirus disease surpassed 9,00,000, according to the tally compiled by Johns Hopkins University (JHU).