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  • China’s loss of clout to India’s benefit

    Earlier this year, Chinese president Xi Jinping was riding high horses, having been catapulted by the Communist Party of China to cult status, declared irreplaceable for his lifetime. As architect of the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative, he was seen as poised to dominate the world with his subtle brand of neo-colonialism.

  • CPEC may regain pace after Imran Khan’s visit to China

    Islamabad: Islamabad expects that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would regain pace after Prime Minister Imran Khan visits Beijing next month with the signing of a framework agreement on industrial zones, progress on agricultural cooperation and addition of a social sector joint working group.

  • In Beijing: Perfume, hair gel to blame for smog

    Beijing: Chinese experts have blamed the volatile organic compounds in hair spray, perfume and air refreshers for the recurring air pollution in the country as the dreaded smog returned to haunt the Beijing city on Monday. The air quality index in Beijing climbed to 213, which is categorised by the World Health Organisation, (WHO) as “very unhealthy”.
    Beijing, the city of over 21-million people, every year experiences the problem of air pollution, which

  • Chinese troops crossed LAC in Arunachal sector

    New Delhi: Troops of China’s People Liberation Army (PLA) crossed the Line of Actual Control (LAC) into India in the first week of October in the Arunachal sector.  However, the Chinese soldiers returned after the Indian Army conveyed to them that they were on the Indian side of the LAC, sources told ANI.

  • Ozone exposure can adversely affect our health

    Washington : A new study has utilised a novel method to estimate long-term ozone exposure to quantify the health burden from long-term ozone exposure in three major regions of the world. The research, conducted at the Duke University estimated that 266,000 (confidence interval: 186,000-338,000) premature mortalities across Europe, the USA, and China in 2015 were attributable to long-term exposure to ozone (O3).

  • In addition to Russia, China meddled in 2016 US presidential elections too, says Donald Trump

    Washington: President Donald Trump has alleged China, in addition to Russia, meddled in the 2016 US presidential elections. Last month, chairing a UN Security Council meeting on the sidelines of the UN general Assembly in New York, Trump had alleged that China was trying to interfere in the 2018 mid-term polls and that it did not want him to be the president. China has denied these allegations.

  • Keep eye on human development indices

    This year India’s economic growth will once again be among the fastest in the world, even ahead of China. The real GDP growth rate that is adjusted for inflation will be more than 7 per cent this fiscal year, whereas China may fall below 6.5. Economic growth is an input to improve the quality of life of citizens. It measures the value of goods and services, and of spending on infrastructure and

  • Shuttler Lakshya Sen bags silver in Youth Olympics

    Buenos Aires: Promising Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen settled for a silver medal after he lost the men’s singles summit clash against Li Shifeng of China in straight games at the Youth Olympics here.  Sen, the reigning junior Asian champion, lost 15-21, 19-21 in a 42-minute final match to bag the silver. He had beaten Shifeng in straight games in the quarter-finals of the Asian Championships in July but on Friday evening, it

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    Hichki: Rani Mukherji moved to tears in China!

    The hugely acclaimed actress visited a theatre in Shenzhen today which turned out to be a hugely emotional moment for her. A viewer with speech disability was so touched by the message of the film that he sketched the poster of Hichki on spot and gifted it her to show his love for the film.

  • US curbs nuclear technology sales to China

    Washington : The Donald Trump administration has decided to limit sales of United States’ civil nuclear technology to China to prevent use for military or unauthorised purposes, thus heightening further tensions between the two countries. “The United States cannot ignore the national security implications of China’s efforts to obtain nuclear technology outside of established processes of US-China civil nuclear cooperation,” CNN quoted US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry as saying on Thursday.

  • Chinese official deported to US to face espionage charges

    Washington / Beijing: For the first time, a Chinese intelligence official has been extradited to the US to face espionage charges for conspiring and attempting to steal trade secrets from multiple American aviation and aerospace firms, the Department of Justice has said. Yanjun Xu, aka Qu Hui, aka Zhang Hui, a Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS) operative, was extradited to the US on Tuesday, following which the charges were unsealed on

  • America seeks to disturb Xinjiang policies: China

    Beijing: China on Thursday accused the United States of seeking to “disturb” its security policies after a US congressional report said Beijing’s mass internment of Muslim minorities may constitute “crimes against humanity”. The report by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China described the situation of human rights in China as “dire” and worsening, a trend epitomised by the internment of as many as one million Uighurs and other ethnic minorities in the far

  • Sri Lanka rejects US claims, says no Chinese naval base at port

    Colombo: Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe has rejected US’s claim that China might set up a “forward military base” at a strategic port it has leased to the communist nation, describing it as “imaginary”.Last year, Colombo had leased the Hambantota port to Beijing for 99 years after it failed to repay a Chinese loan of $1.4 billion for the project. China gaining the control of the port has raised concerns that the country

  • Pakistan may have to reveal its China debts: IMF

    Nusa Dua: International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde on Thursday said a bailout deal with Pakistan would require “absolute transparency” of its debts, many of which come from China’s landmark Belt and Road Initiative.  “In whatever work we do, we need to have a complete understanding and absolute transparency about the nature, size, terms of the debt that is bearing on a particular country,” Lagarde said at the IMF and

  • World Bank, IMF urge US, China to play by trade rules

    Nusa Dua: The heads of the World Bank and IMF on Thursday urged the US and China to play by world trade rules and de-escalate a dispute over Beijing’s technology development strategy that threatens to do lasting damage to the global economy. Christine Lagarde, MD of IMF, said she would advise Beijing and Washington to cool down, fix aspects of the world trading system that need fixing and “don’t break it.”

  • That was quick! Nepal rout China for 26, then chase target in two overs in ICC WT20 qualifier

    Kuala Lumpur : Nepali spinners spun a web around the Chinese batsmen, routing them for 26 before their openers breached the target in just two overs to register a thumping 10-wicket victory against China in the ongoing ICC World Twenty20 Asia Qualifier ‘B’ trophy at Bayuemas Oval in Malaysia’s Pandamaran on Wednesday.

  • Pakistan to get 48 high-end armed drones from China

    Beijing: China will sell 48 high-end armed drones to its “all-weather ally” Pakistan in what a military observer said will be the largest deal of its kind, official media here reported Tuesday. The cost of the major defence deal was not revealed. Wing Loong II is a high-end reconnaissance, strike and multi-role endurance unmanned aerial system, capable of being fitted with air-to-surface weapons.

  • Head of Interpol Meng Hongwei accused of corruption, says Chinese government

    Beijing: Meng Hongwei, the Chinese head of Interpol, who vanished mysteriously while on a visit to China, is being investigated for alleged corruption, Beijing announced Monday, becoming the latest top leader to be ensnared in a sweeping anti-graft campaign led by President Xi Jinping.

  • China defends Financial Times Hong Kong editor’s visa denial

    Hong Kong: China has defended its decision to refuse to renew the work visa of a Financial Times editor in Hong Kong, in a case that has drawn concern over the shrinking space for free speech in the Chinese territory. The central government “firmly supports” the local government’s rejection of Asia editor Victor Mallet’s visa renewal application, according to a statement from the foreign ministry’s office in Hong Kong issued late on

  • China: Piano event creates new Guinness record

    Beijing: A piano ensemble charity event in China has created a new Guinness World Record. A total of 666 pianos were played simultaneously by 639 participants in Wuqiang county of Hebei province on Saturday, setting a new world record, reports Xinhua. Pianists from eight countries and regions joined blind children, as well as teachers, students and music enthusiasts from around China. On the main stage, 40 pianos were placed to coincide with

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