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A cyclist wearing a protective mask rides past a banner of Chinese president Xi Jinping in Shanghai | Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Pharma companies to cut prices of news drugs by 51% to access Chinese market

Patients will only need to pay a small fraction of the cost of these drugs as the lion’s share of the bill will be footed by China’s $373 billion national medical insurance fund.

Chinese delegation meets Nepal Communist Party leaders Prachanda, Madhav Nepal

The visit by the Chinese is believed to be a desperate attempt to avert a vertical split in the NCP where Prachanda claims to have taken control over the ruling party.

Trump signs bill on Tibet to block China’s interference in Dalai Lama’s succession

The bill also places restrictions on new Chinese consulates in the US until a consulate has been established in Lhasa and re-authorises various provisions.

China jails former lawyer for 4 years over posts about govt’s struggle with Covid

Zhang Zhan's posts included a video of hospital hallways lined with patients on oxygen and another suggesting that people had been charged for virus tests they expected to be free.
The Ant Group and the Alibaba Group logos displayed behind a reception desk at the company's headquarters in Hangzhou, China

China tells Jack Ma’s Ant Group to return to its roots as provider of payments services

The central bank summoned Ant executives over the weekend and told them to 'rectify' the company’s lending, insurance and wealth management services, the People’s Bank of China said.

Chinese Communist Party delegation arrives in Nepal to ‘take stock’ of political situation

Nepal plunged into a political crisis last Sunday after Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli, known for his pro-Beijing leanings, in a surprise move, recommended dissolving Parliament.

No link between Indians on 2 stranded ships and border conflict, says China

The MEA Thursday said two cargo vessels with a total of 39 Indians on board have been on anchorage in Chinese waters as they were not allowed to unload cargo.
Representational image | National flags of China and Nepal | Commons

Uniting Nepal’s ruling party is ‘impossible’, China’s effort is a failed attempt

Hou Yanqi, Chinese Ambassador to Nepal, has met senior leaders of Nepal’s ruling party, asking them to find a way out. India, meanwhile, says these are ‘internal matters for Nepal’.
File image of Nepalese PM K.P. Sharma Oli with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

Oli’s distrust of parliament isn’t India’s concern. China’s meddling in Nepal is

The ground reality in the wake of KP Oli's dissolution of the Nepal Parliament has three important aspects that India must carefully assess before considering its options.

Alibaba’s US-listed shares tumble most ever on China’s anti-monopoly probe

The stock fell 13% in its biggest one-day drop on record. The decline took Alibaba to its lowest level since July, and the stock is now down 30% from an October peak.

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