Missing pillar no. 11 found: The pillar no. 11 along the China-Nepal border which was said to be missing has been found buried under snow in Takule. This pillar will make it easier to assess whether the 11 buildings have been built on Nepal or Chinese territory. Senior officials at the Ministry of Land Reform and Management asserted that failure to inspect the borders frequently have led to the confusion and the last boundary inspection was carried out in 2005. Nepal’s department of the survey said that the buildings are not located within Nepal’s border.
SAARC virtual meeting: SAARC member states have committed to expediting the stalled regional process. However, they failed to reach a conclusion on when will the next Summit be held and how it can be “reinvigorated”. Nepal’s representative, Pradeep Gyawali, stressed that SAARC must become an effective and result-oriented organisation. Gyawali also requested the other Foreign Ministers to explore options to hold the next Summit at the earliest date.
Nepal’s ambassador to China’s ‘undiplomatic’ interview: Nepal’s ambassador to China Mahendra Bahadur Pandey interviewed with China’s Global Times. While Ambassador Pandey praised Nepal-China relations, he pinned India for trying to hinder China-Nepal ties. This interview brought mixed opinions as some shared it was ‘undiplomatic’, and some called it the ‘truth’. However, the undiplomatic statements could land Nepal in trouble. Experts have time and again criticised the lopsided foreign policies and the process of appointing ambassadors as these could severely impede Nepal’s credibility.