Chinese leaders made 129 visits to Nepal between 2000 and 2017. Photo: EPA-EFE

China is spending big on diplomacy in Central and South Asia, but is it worth it?

  • Beijing’s foreign ministry budget has been growing by 11 per cent a year and will soon match that of the European Union
  • But observers say China focuses too much on other nations’ political elite and not enough on ordinary people
Topic |   Diplomacy

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Chinese leaders made 129 visits to Nepal between 2000 and 2017. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Keegan Elmer

Keegan Elmer

Keegan is a reporter at the Post covering China in world affairs, including US-China relations and China's relationship with its neighbours. He has degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the University of Helsinki.