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Progress in Qinghai-Tibet Railway the start of closer trade ties between China,...


China-made locomotives recently replaced US rolling stock to run on the plateau railway linking Lhasa in Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region and Golmud in Northwest China's Qinghai Province, a piece of good news for... More

Nepal-China sign trade and transit MoUs and agreements


Prime Minister of Nepal KP Sharma Oli held delegation-level talks with Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on... More

China to strengthen ties with Nepal under BRI framework: Xi Jinping


Chinese President Xi Jinping has said that China is willing to strengthen cooperation with Nepal in infrastructure connectivity, post-disaster reconstruction, and trade and investment under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). President Xi made the... More

Nepal, China sign 8 deals worth $2.24 billion


Nepal and China on Wednesday signed eight agreements worth $2.4 billion on the second day of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s visit. These agreements were reached between the two governments and private sectors where Chinese... More

Balancing diplomacy in best interest of Nepal


Nepali Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli's ongoing visit to China, his first after re-election, has been underscored as important by the two countries. This has caught India's attention. Oli's visit could be historic, promoting... More

Nepal, China will work together for common development: PM Oli


Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said Nepal and China will continue to work together in the future for common development and everlasting peace and prosperity in a spirit of mutual trust, friendship and understanding,... More

Oli’s visit to China to regain momentum in Nepal-China ties, balance India’s...


Land-locked Nepal is keen to enhance cross-border rail-road connectivity, infrastructure development, trade and tourism cooperation with China under its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli has said. Oli is in... More

Nepal, China to sign pact on Tibet-Kathmandu railway line


Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli's upcoming five-day visit to China, his first after re-election, will see the two countries sign a number of agreements including one on energy cooperation and construction of a... More

As Oli comes calling, what does Nepal want from China?


As Nepal’s Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli embarks on a visit to Beijing, a meeting that starts on June 19, his successful resetting of ties with India is likely to give him the... More

Nepal PM to visit China for talks on economic corridor


Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli will be visiting China next week in the hope of confirming plans for a China-Nepal Economic Corridor under Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative. Oli, who will be in... More

‘Nepal and China will sign some agreements and MoUs’


During Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s five-day official visit to China from June 19, 2018, the two countries will sign some agreements and Memorandums of Understandings (MoUs), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said. “During the... More

Is Nepal ready to become a developing country?


In February 2018, the government of Nepal officially requested the UN not consider Nepal for graduation from the least developed country (LDC) category in the 2018 Triennial Review. Nepal argued that graduation without fulfilling... More

Can India stomach an India–Nepal–China trilateral?


During Nepalese Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali’s recent visit to China, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi underlined the importance of Nepal to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), proposing to ‘jointly build a community... More

Nepal energy ministry finalises projects for PM Oli’s visit to China


Nepal’s Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation (MoEWRI) has finalised the projects that are linked with the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and which will be discussed with the concerned Chinese authorities during... More

Nepal cabinet approves two proposals for PM’s China visit


The government of Nepal has endorsed two proposals related to the upcoming visit of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli to China.A Cabinet meeting on Sunday approved the proposal of the Chinese government to repair... More

India-led prelim study for Valley-Raxaul rail begins


A technical team from India has started initial study for construction of Kathmandu-Raxaul railway line. The team, which zeroed in on Chobhar on Friday to set up the railway station in Kathmandu, has reached... More

India already in Panic, grand welcome awaits Nepal PM in China:


Nepal-China relations are sure to take a new height this time around when Nepal PM Oli will land in Beijing. The date has been tentatively fixed for June 19 this month but yet remains... More

‘Will not allow our soil to be used against India’, says Nepal...


General Rajendra Chhetri, Nepalese Chief of Army Staff (COAS), said the Nepali soil would never be used for activities which are detrimental to the interests of India. Gen Chhetri's remarks came while addressing the... More

Nepal, US armies begin two-day interaction in Kathmandu


A two-day interaction between Nepal Army and American Army has started in the capital, for the first time of its kind in the history of Nepal Army, on Wednesday (June 6). Acting Chief of Army... More

China denies cancellation of Nepal hydro project deal with Chinese firm


China on Wednesday (June 6) dismissed reports that the Nepalese government has cancelled its agreement with Chinese companies on the West Seti hydropower project, and said talks are on between the firms and Nepal... More

Nepal Army chief’s 6-day India visit from Wednesday


The Nepal Army chief, General Rajendra Chhetri, will begin his six-day official visit to India on Wednesday, following an invitation from his Indian counterpart, General Bipin Rawat. Chhetri is slated to visit the Indian Military... More

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India faces tough choices as the US sanctions Iran

For the Indian policy makers, one of the crucial questions today is of how to walk a balancing act between the US, their prime strategic ally, and Iran, their traditional regional ally and, of course, third biggest supplier of oil.  The question has become even more significant ever since... More

Writing on the Wall

Even a cursory analysis of the three Nawaz Sharif sackings as PM reveals one constant sordid fact, his incurring penchant to listen to a bunch of “unelectable advisors” who constantly feed his already inflated ego about his supposed omni-potency. The 1993 sacking did him wonders, turning an Establishment “puppet... More

Something is broken in Bangladesh: Will it heal?

There is something scared about the relationship between a University, its teachers and students. It is built on trust, obligation, mutual affection and much more. Its as if the teacher is the parent, the campus is the home. A relationship is inherently therefore written into this unwritten contract. It was... More

Myanmar minister’s mission impossible

Myanmar’s new finance minister, Soe Win is determined to revitalize the government’s economic policies and ensure their effective implementation, according to government insiders. Although he has only been in his post for less than two months, there are significant signs that with him at the helm, the government’s commitment... More

The Wuhan spirit of cooperation picks up

The informal Modi-Xi summit at Wuhan had decided to provide “strategic guidance” to their militaries to manage and defuse troop confrontations along the 4057 km Line of Actual Control (LAC). The two leaders asserted that during patrolling, the two armies should stick to existing protocols and mechanisms. These range... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

India’s social-media ‘lynch mobs’ pose growing threat

Social-media platforms are often criticized for their susceptibility to toxic dialogue and vicious attacks. It is a problem that India knows well. Just ask External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, whose recent vilification by members and supporters of her own ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a case in point. Swaraj... More

The new trade order

Since the start of the year, U.S. President Donald Trump has lashed out at allies and adversaries alike on trade. Often, as with India, the U.S. has pushed for enhanced security cooperation at the same time it declared trade relations a national security threat. The belligerence has left many... More

One day does not an election make

The much-awaited Gazipur city election is over, the “we-knew-it-from-before” polls results are upon us, the “impartiality” of the police and the “neutrality” of the civil administration have once again been demonstrated, the never-too-late-to-follow “certificate” of the Election Commission has been delivered and, of course, our democracy now stands “strengthened”. As... More

The PDP-BJP coalition was an unnatural and opportunistic alliance

The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. Only a few weeks ago I had poured out my... More

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Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More