Everest a Spiritual Trophy for Wealthy Chinese

Wednesday was the 60th anniversary of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s historic climb to the top of Qomolangma, or Mount Everest, whose summit is neatly bisected by the border between China and Nepal. China Daily marked...

Chinese Inroads in Nepal Stanch Tibetan Influx

Nepal has long been “a mouse trapped between elephants”, with a historically close relationship with India and more recently growing links to China. As Beijing’s influence increases, some in the country’s...

Nepal Gives Go-Ahead to China Dam

According to Reuters, construction of a dam in Nepal, which relies on China’s Three Gorges International Corp investment, was halted two weeks ago, but Nepal’s lawmakers have once again given the go-ahead to continue the...

Chinese Obstruct CNN Crew in Nepal

CNN describes China’s apparent efforts since 2008 to erode the position of Tibetans in Nepal: “Since China has given Nepal a lot of money, the Nepali government doesn’t let Tibetans do much of anything. They...

China Flexes Its Regional Muscle

Via NPR and the New Republic, Ellen Bork, director of democracy and human rights at the Foreign Policy Initiative, writes about how Nepal is caught between its two powerful neighbors, India and China: …Nepal has become the...

Nepal Rejects Ambitious Chinese Buddhist Venture

The Nepalese government has announced that it “will not entertain” a proposed $3 billion redevelopment of the Buddha’s birthplace by Hong Kong-based NGO, the Asia Pacific Exchange and Cooperation Foundation....

The Lumbini Project: China’s $3bn for Buddhism

For Al Jazeera, Melissa Chan reports on the Lumbini Project, for which the Chinese government is contributing US$3 billion to develop the borth place of Prince Gautama Siddhartha, who later became the Buddha, into the...

With an Eye to India and Tibet, China Courts Nepal

China has pledged to give more support to Nepal, including providing them with greater military-aid. China’s attempt to forge closer ties with Nepal is an important geopolitical strategy given Nepal’s proximity to...

Nepal Caught Between China and India

Nepal’s historic relationship with India is facing a challenge from an increasingly influential China, the Los Angeles Times reports: Early this month, after 17 attempts to name a prime minister, reflecting Nepal’s...



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