Stories By 'AKHILESH UPADHYAY'
Nepal and China have signed a landmark accord to develop a cross-border railway line that will connect the Tibetan town of Kerung with Kathmandu, calling the Cooperation for Railway Connectivity “as the most significant initiative in the history of bilateral cooperation”.The two sides signed the memoranda of understanding on Thursday following hour-long delegation-level talks at the Great Hall of the People.
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It is perhaps too early to tell the significance of Prime Minister KP Oli’s current China visit, his second in two years to the Middle Kingdom as head of government.But there are clear signs that this visit could very well be the turning point in shaping Nepal-China relationship and developing it beyond the platitudes and promises of shared mountains and common rivers. This visit will potentially shape Nepal’s foreign policy narrative for years to come. Mooted in the current visit, the Trans-Himalayan Multidimensional Network is an ambitious agenda of connectivity and blueprint for new regionalism where geography is not a barrier for a deeper engagement.
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The unification process between the CPN-UML and the CPN (Maoist Centre) is one of the most significant events in Nepal’s recent political history, and certainly the most significant one since the peace process started in 2006.
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Tikapur was a ghostly town when I last visited 15 months ago. I had arrived two days after eight police officers, including a senior superintendent of police (SSP),
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The entire world’s attention is on China this week. A news analysis in the New York Times titled Xi Jinping and China’s new era of glory argues “how China was laid low by foreign countries in the 19th and 20th centuries but is now on the path back to glory.”
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Some incidents attain a new meaning and huge political salience in hindsight. After the then leading party CPN (Maoist) finished a distant third in the 2013 Constituent Assembly elections,
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