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Hometown looks to Mao to take the helm of tourism revival

China is the world's last hope against a global slowdown, but the latest economic data all looks grim. The mainland economy may be about to tank. So, what do you do to help revive an economy sinking fast?

Saturday, 13 December, 2008, 12:00am

Nepal can ill afford violence at the polls

Nepal's hopes of being lifted from the dismal circumstances it has been mired in for more than a decade hinge on today's elections. Centred on a peace deal with Maoist rebels two years ago, the vote aims to turn the nation into a republic by electing an assembly to draw up a new constitution that will ditch the monarchy.

10 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Maoists talk up their chances in Nepal's election

On his last day of campaigning, Maoist chairman Prachanda was playing man of the people - shaking hands with babies and muddying his shoes in the lanes of Kirtipur, a constituency just outside Nepal's capital.

8 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Trekkers forced to 'donate' after peace deal fails

Maoists' mountain checkpoints reappear as elections cancelled

As foreign trekkers struggle up a hill in the thin air of the Nepali Himalayas, they are greeted by a red Maoist flag and a group of young men waiting patiently to collect their 'voluntary donations'.

9 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Political reality behind Hu's slogans

Leaders are fond of declaring lofty ideals, say analysts, but their words mean little

When President Hu Jintao made a surprise visit to Guangdong at the height of the Sars outbreak in April 2003, few expected the trip would have a lingering impact on national politics.

9 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

External affairs

Recently, Nepalese journalists questioned China's ambassador to Nepal, cleverly quoting a statement from former foreign minister Chen Yi. Chen had warned not to tolerate third-country meddling in neighbouring states' internal affairs. The Nepalese journalists asked the ambassador whether Beijing still stood by Chen's policy? The ambassador said that it did.

24 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Maoists dream of long march

Blaming neighbours, particularly Pakistan, for India's internal conflicts is New Delhi's forte. But India has only itself to blame for a raging insurrection described by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as the 'single-biggest security threat India has ever faced'.

8 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Nepal shows the way

A massacre of Maoist protesters by a right-wing splinter group of ethnic Madhesis occurred on March 21 in southern Nepal. The tragedy threatened to derail the nation's peace process and undermine the interim coalition government.

3 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Maoists poised to take power - by free election or force

Rebel leader says attempts by the US government and royalists to sabotage the election process in Nepal will not work

27 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

On 'Prachanda's path' to a people's Nepal

Rebel leader outlines his vision of a country taking the best of Maoist philosophy to bring prosperity to everyone

Guerilla guards stand anxiously on the balcony and stairway of the nondescript safe house somewhere in the slums of Kathmandu.

26 Mar 2007 - 12:00am