International Relations & Foreign Affairs

China pays another high profile visit before the November poll

Li Zhanshu, the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress arrived in Kathmandu on September 12 leading a 67-member delegation for a 4-day visit. This marks the third high-level visit from Beijing within a span of a few months after the parliamentary ratification of the Millenium Challenge Corporation Compact last February. Chinese…

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SPP – The Newest Geopolitical Hot Potato in Nepal

The State Partnership Program (SPP) has become the new geopolitical hot potato in Nepal only a few months after the MCC debacle was laid to rest with an eventual parliamentary ratification. While SPP began as a humanitarian and disaster response training program, according to the national guard website, SPP is a “partner focused, strategically aligned”…

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United Nation Team Visits Xinjiang

Since 2018, OCHR has been negotiating with China for visiting Xinjiang with“unfettered, meaningful access” and the freedom to interview civil society groups without supervision. On March 2022, the negotiation led to an agreement “on the parameters that respects methodology”, including “unfettered access to a broad range of actors, including civil society”. This is the first…

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News Digest: International Relations & Foreign Affairs (February 3 – 9, 2022)

Nepal received 800,000 doses of Astra Zeneca Covid-19 vaccines from the U.K. through the COVAX facility on February 8. This is a part of 2.1 million AstraZeneca vaccines that the U.K. pledged to provide Nepal. 50,000 metric tons of urea and 63,535 metric tons of DAP fertilizer imports have been halted due to the Chinese…

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News Digest International Relations & Foreign Affairs (January 27- February 2)

Israel sent the consignment of 563 thousand syringes to Nepal on February 2. This consignment is an addition to previous assistance to help the Nepal government combat Covid-19. Australian Ambassador Felicity Volk held a meeting with Energy, Water Resources, and Irrigation Minister Pampha Bhusal on January 31. In the meeting, the ambassador expressed the Australian…

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News Digest: International Relations & Foreign Affairs (January 20 – 26, 2022)

Nepal has been elected a member of four UN bodies, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the UN Commission on Narcotics (CND), the UN Commission on Population and Development (CPD), and the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD). India has conveyed to independent electricity producers…

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News Digest: International Relations & Foreign Affairs (January 13 – 19, 2022)

Traders and businesspersons protested the undeclared border blockade in Kerung and Tatopani checkpoints in Kathmandu on January 12. As per the customs office, only nine trucks from Kerung and 11 from Tatopani are allowed to enter Nepal. Previously, 200 to 250 containers of goods entered Nepal daily. Earlier, there used to be correspondence with Chinese…

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News Digest: International Relations & Foreign Affairs (January 6 – 12, 2022)

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s visit to India was canceled after the Gujrat state government suspended the Vibrant Gujrat Summit due to increasing Covid-19 cases. However, both the countries have laid the basis for PM’s visit, such as signing eight memorandums of understanding in various sectors. Thus, Deuba is likely to visit India soon. Foreign…

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October Analysis: International Relations & Foreign Affairs

Nepal voted in favor of the UN resolution along with 143 countries which condemns Russia’s decision to annex four regions of Ukraine. The decision to vote against Russian annexation is consistent with Nepal’s position to actively seek for maintaining international peace and security while following the core principles of non-alignment. And, Nepali politicians and scholars…

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September Analysis: International Relations

Timeline of Major Events: DateEventsSeptember 5, 2022Honorary Ranking to Chief of Army Staff of Indian Army September 12, 2022Li Zhanshu goodwill visit to Nepal  September 12, 2022Nepal traders’ relief as Tatopani border gives custom passesOn September 14, 2022Joint Foreign- Secretary meeting between Nepal and India at New Delhi  September 23, 2022President Bhandari attending the controversial…

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July Analysis: International Relations

Recently appointed International Liaison Department of the Communist Party of China, Liu Jianchao visited Nepal leading a seven-member delegation from July 9-13. During his visit, he met with Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba as well as communist leaders amidst rumors of an electoral cooperation among communist forces. After meeting with the Chinese delegation, the Maoist…

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Proceedings Report: Military Diplomacy of Nepal

With 75 years of the establishment of diplomatic ties, relationship with the US has been significant in Nepal’s foreign policy. The long-established relationship has undergone transformations over the years, guided by shifts in global hegemony and consequent shifts in strategic interests. The most recent developments concern controversies related to MCC and SPP, and the conflict…

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Nepal’s Cross Border Relations with China

On January 28, 2022, the Center for Social Inclusion and Federalism (CESIF) organized a virtual discussion entitled “Nepal’s Cross-border Relations with China.” CESIF’s researcher, Ms. Shraddha Ghimire presented her findings for the research on the same topic at the webinar. Discussants for the topic included Honorable Mr. Divya Mani Rajbhandari, a member of the Foreign…

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Proceedings Report: Nepal-India Border Relations

Centre for Social Inclusion and Federalism (CESIF), Nepal organized a webinar on Nepal-India Border Relations on 26th November, 2021. Discussants included: Ajaya Bhadra Khanal, Research Director at CESIF Nepal.  Summera Shrestha, Executive Director for Women for Human Rights. Senior Journalist and Analyst, Chandrakishore and Hon’ble Malamati Rana, Member of the Parliament of the Sudhurpaschim Provincial…

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Discussing Kathmandu Dilemma: Resetting India-Nepal Ties

Centre for Social Inclusion and Federalism (CESIF), Nepal organized a discussion on Ranjit Rae’s Kathmandu Dilemma: Resetting India-Nepal Ties which took place on 25th October, 2021, at The Soaltee Kathmandu. Discussant panel included: noted author – Amish Mulmi; Assistant Professor – Apekshya Shah; eminent scholar, Prof. Dr. Lokraj Baral; former Prime Minister and Chairperson of…

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Nepal’s connectivity with China: Status and Prospects

CESIF (Center for Social Inclusion and Federalism) organized a webinar on September 27, 2021, to discuss on the topic of Nepal’s connectivity with China. The webinar was opened by Shraddha Ghimire, a research fellow at CESIF by presenting the key findings of her research titled ‘Nepal-China Transit Transport Agreement (TTA): An Analysis’. The presentation was…

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