Sutirtho Patranobis

Sutirtho Patranobis has been in Beijing since 2012, as Hindustan Times’ China correspondent. He was previously posted in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where he covered the final phase of the civil war and its aftermath. Patranobis covered several beats including health and national politics in Delhi before being posted abroad.

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Hong Kong has ‘risen from the ashes’: Xi Jinping on handover anniversary visit

Xi is in the ‘special administrative region” (SAR) to celebrate 25 years since the former British colony was returned to Chinese rule, and the inauguration of its sixth administration.
Traffic police direct traffic near West Kowloon Station in Hong Kong on Thursday, as Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Hong Kong to attend celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. (AFP)
Traffic police direct traffic near West Kowloon Station in Hong Kong on Thursday, as Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Hong Kong to attend celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. (AFP)
Updated on Jul 01, 2022 06:13 AM IST
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Emojis increasingly being used as evidence in Chinese courts: Report

Chinese courts have taken cognizance of emojis in at least 158 cases filed across the country since 2018, local media reports said this week
A Chinese flag is seen near surveillance cameras outside the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court in Beijing, China, on March 31, 2022. (REUTERS/FILE)
A Chinese flag is seen near surveillance cameras outside the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court in Beijing, China, on March 31, 2022. (REUTERS/FILE)
Updated on Jun 30, 2022 02:06 PM IST
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Covid: China halves quarantine time for international travellers

Under the updated policy, international travellers will need to quarantine for seven days at a government-designated facility, usually a hotel, followed by another three days of isolation at home
A medical worker takes a swab sample at a nucleic acid testing station, following the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in Beijing. (REUTERS)
A medical worker takes a swab sample at a nucleic acid testing station, following the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in Beijing. (REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 28, 2022 06:33 PM IST
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Amid flu outbreak in south China, experts warn of dual risk from influenza and Covid: Report

Weakened herd immunity caused by continuous Covid-19 prevention measures,including lockdowns, may be partly to blame for the abnormal spike in influenza cases at this time of the year, experts said, according to report in the Global Times
Passengers, some wearing full personal protective equipment, waiting to be transported by bus to their quarantine hotels, after arriving at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, in January 2022. (AFP)
Passengers, some wearing full personal protective equipment, waiting to be transported by bus to their quarantine hotels, after arriving at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, in January 2022. (AFP)
Published on Jun 28, 2022 02:35 PM IST
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Hutong Cat | How gender violence and misogyny played out on a street in China 

  • A graphic video showing a woman being kicked and punched by a group of men at a barbeque shop on June 10 in Tangshan city triggered a wave of fury across China, igniting a debate on gender violence and gang attacks
The protesting woman was dragged out of the restaurant — in a way considered most humiliating — by her hair; outside, the kicking and punching continued as she lay on the road crumpled like a piece of cloth. (@badiucao/Twitter)
The protesting woman was dragged out of the restaurant — in a way considered most humiliating — by her hair; outside, the kicking and punching continued as she lay on the road crumpled like a piece of cloth. (@badiucao/Twitter)
Published on Jun 28, 2022 01:49 PM IST
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Bangladesh’s Padma Bridge is a Chinese success story, claims media

China’s official media has closely tracked the development of the bridge, given that the China Railway Major Bridge Engineering Group (MBEC) has been behind its construction
Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurating the 6.15km long Padma Bridge at Mawa point in Munshiganj. (AFP)
Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurating the 6.15km long Padma Bridge at Mawa point in Munshiganj. (AFP)
Published on Jun 26, 2022 04:44 PM IST
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China scrambles air, ground forces to monitor US recon plane over Taiwan Strait

The US Navy’s reconnaissance aircraft flew over the Taiwan Strait on Friday in what the US Indo-Pacific Command described as a demonstration of the US’s ‘commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific’
A Chinese PLA J-16 fighter jet flies in an undisclosed location. (AP/FILE)
A Chinese PLA J-16 fighter jet flies in an undisclosed location. (AP/FILE)
Published on Jun 25, 2022 06:17 PM IST
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BySutirtho Patranobis I Edited by Amit Chanda

Xi Jinping to visit Hong Kong, his first trip outside mainland since Jan, 2020

The last time Xi went outside the mainland was in January, 2020, to Myanmar. China declared Covid-19 to be transmissible between humans within a day of Xi’s return, locked down Wuhan in five days and gradually closed international borders in the coming weeks
Chinese President Xi Jinping applauds at a meeting commending role models of the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 8, 2022. (REUTERS)
Chinese President Xi Jinping applauds at a meeting commending role models of the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 8, 2022. (REUTERS)
Published on Jun 25, 2022 11:42 AM IST
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China criticises blocs, invites 13 countries to Brics-related event

Besides the leaders of the Brics countries, China had invited leaders of 13 countries for the event, seen to be Beijing’s push to expand the five-member bloc. These include Algeria, Argentina, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Senegal, Uzbekistan, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Malaysia and Thailand
Chinese President Xi Jinping hosts the 14th Brics Summit via video link in Beijing, on Thursday. (AP)
Chinese President Xi Jinping hosts the 14th Brics Summit via video link in Beijing, on Thursday. (AP)
Updated on Jun 25, 2022 01:34 AM IST
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Some countries built ‘small yard with high fences’, says China’s Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping appeared to disapprove of US-led western alliances for the third day in row, accusing ‘some countries’ of politicising and marginalising the development issue
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s criticism is being interpreted to be directed at the US, its alliances and the sanctions imposed on Russia for invading Ukraine. (AP File Photo)
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s criticism is being interpreted to be directed at the US, its alliances and the sanctions imposed on Russia for invading Ukraine. (AP File Photo)
Published on Jun 24, 2022 08:25 PM IST
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Common interests with India far outweigh differences, says China

China and India’s “common interests far outweigh differences”, and the two countries should put the differences on the border in its appropriate place and seek to resolve the dispute through dialogue and consultation, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi has said
Indian Ambassador to China Pradeep Kumar Rawat meets Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, at Diaoyutai State Guest House in Beijing on Wednesday. (PTI)
Indian Ambassador to China Pradeep Kumar Rawat meets Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, at Diaoyutai State Guest House in Beijing on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 01:46 AM IST
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In opening speech, Xi lauds Brics resilience, vitality

The opening session of the summit was also attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa
Chinese President Xi Jinping (left), Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attend the BRICS Summit through a video conference. (PTI)
Chinese President Xi Jinping (left), Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attend the BRICS Summit through a video conference. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 07:54 AM IST
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Indian envoy, Chinese foreign minister hold talks on key issues

Wang Yi put forward a four-point agenda to define and take forward ties with India, going through its worst chill in the backdrop of the dragging military standoff along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh, which began in May, 2020
Indian army soldiers are seen atop a vehicle on a highway leading to Ladakh, at Gagangeer in Kashmir’s Ganderbal district (REUTERS/FILE)
Indian army soldiers are seen atop a vehicle on a highway leading to Ladakh, at Gagangeer in Kashmir’s Ganderbal district (REUTERS/FILE)
Published on Jun 23, 2022 05:56 PM IST
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BySutirtho Patranobis I Edited by Amit Chanda

Interests outweigh differences, let’s meet halfway: China to India

The two countries should support rather than undermine each other and enhance trust rather than be suspicious, Wang Yi said in his first meeting with ambassador Pradeep Kumar Rawat, who became India’s envoy to China in March
India’s Chief of the Army Staff General Manoj Pande (right) interacts with the troops as he visits forward areas in Ladakh. (ANI)
India’s Chief of the Army Staff General Manoj Pande (right) interacts with the troops as he visits forward areas in Ladakh. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 23, 2022 10:24 AM IST
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Group politics will lead only to wars, warns Chinese president

  • Xi appeared to use his keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Brics business forum on Wednesday to reiterate China’s criticism of Nato and support for Russia – without directly mentioning either.
Chinese President Xi Jinping(File Photo / REUTERS)
Chinese President Xi Jinping(File Photo / REUTERS)
Published on Jun 23, 2022 07:59 AM IST
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Xi warns against hegemonic practices, economic decoupling at BRICS forum

His speech came a day ahead of a virtual event, which is set to bring together Xi, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro
Chinese President Xi Jinping applauds during the closing session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China in March 2022. (REUTERS)
Chinese President Xi Jinping applauds during the closing session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China in March 2022. (REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 22, 2022 09:13 PM IST
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China: South inundated by rain as north bakes under heatwave in double whammy

Heatwaves in northern and central China drove up electricity demand to record levels as millions switched on air conditioners to escape the sweltering conditions, while floodwaters in the south submerged villages and trapped city residents, AP said
A flooded street after heavy rains in Shaoguan in China's southern Guangdong province. (AFP)
A flooded street after heavy rains in Shaoguan in China's southern Guangdong province. (AFP)
Updated on Jun 22, 2022 05:52 PM IST
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More than 50 killed as rains batter south China

The continuous downpours in the Pearl River basin, a manufacturing and trade hub, in south China have stretched emergency workers, hit manufacturing, stalled logistics in a year when supply chains are already stressed because of Covid-19-related restrictions
Flooded areas of Wuyuan county, southeastern China’s Jiangxi Province on Monday. (AP)
Flooded areas of Wuyuan county, southeastern China’s Jiangxi Province on Monday. (AP)
Updated on Jun 22, 2022 05:21 AM IST
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By, Beijing

Hundreds locked in Macau hotel after Covid case detected on premises

A large number of police officers in protective clothing arrived at the hotel and sealed it off, preventing people from entering or exiting
People queue for mass coronavirus disease (Covid-19) testing in Macau, China. (REUTERS)
People queue for mass coronavirus disease (Covid-19) testing in Macau, China. (REUTERS)
Published on Jun 21, 2022 05:02 PM IST
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Covid: First batch of Pak students return to China in a good sign for Indian counterparts

In February, the Chinese foreign ministry had said that the return of stranded Indian students was not a “political” matter and they will not be “discriminated” against when the ban is lifted on foreign students from returning to China
People queue for the mass coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing in Macau, China. (REUTERS)
People queue for the mass coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing in Macau, China. (REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 21, 2022 03:48 PM IST
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China’s oil imports from Russia jump 55% year on year: Data

The world’s second-biggest economy imported around 8.42 million tonnes of oil from Russia last month, as Beijing continued to refuse to condemn Moscow’s war
An aerial view shows oil tanks of Transneft oil pipeline operator at the crude oil terminal Kozmino on the shore of Nakhodka Bay near the port city of Nakhodka, Russia. (REUTERS)
An aerial view shows oil tanks of Transneft oil pipeline operator at the crude oil terminal Kozmino on the shore of Nakhodka Bay near the port city of Nakhodka, Russia. (REUTERS)
Published on Jun 20, 2022 07:52 PM IST
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Amid tensions with Taiwan, China successfully tests anti-ballistic missile interceptor

The Chinese defence ministry said that the ‘ground-based mid-course anti-missile intercept technology’ test had been carried out within the country’s territory, the defence ministry said
A US made anti-air Standard missile is launched from a Taiwanese warship off Pingtung County in southern Taiwan. (AP/REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
A US made anti-air Standard missile is launched from a Taiwanese warship off Pingtung County in southern Taiwan. (AP/REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Updated on Jun 20, 2022 05:18 PM IST
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Hutong Cat | The relevance of the Brics summit 

  • The Brics summit on June 23 will take place under pulls and pressures, with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the India-China border standoff, and the economic downturn faced by two bloc members have taken a toll on the internal unity of the bloc. 
Given the global situation, not many are expecting more than diplomatic rhetoric on “true multilateralism” and — the Chinese version of — how to work closely together to face a “turbulent” world. (AP)
Given the global situation, not many are expecting more than diplomatic rhetoric on “true multilateralism” and — the Chinese version of — how to work closely together to face a “turbulent” world. (AP)
Published on Jun 20, 2022 04:36 PM IST
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China: Xi calls corruption a ‘tumour’, warns top Communist leaders to be clean

Xi urged improvement in the fight against corruption to guarantee that officials do not have the ‘audacity, opportunity, or desire to engage in corruption’
Chinese President Xi Jinping applauds at a meeting commending role models of the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on April 8, 2022. (REUTERS/FILE)
Chinese President Xi Jinping applauds at a meeting commending role models of the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on April 8, 2022. (REUTERS/FILE)
Updated on Jun 19, 2022 03:56 AM IST
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BySutirtho Patranobis I Edited by Amit Chanda

Amid Ukraine War, Chinese President Xi to host Brics meet on June 23

Chinese President Xi will also attend the opening ceremony of the Brics Business Forum in virtual format and deliver a keynote speech on June 22, Hua said in a statement. Brics leaders are also expected to attend the Forum.
 Chinese President Xi Jinping will host the 14th Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Summit in Beijing on June 23 via video link, the Chinese foreign ministry announced on Friday. (AP)
Chinese President Xi Jinping will host the 14th Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Summit in Beijing on June 23 via video link, the Chinese foreign ministry announced on Friday. (AP)
Updated on Jun 18, 2022 02:23 AM IST
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By, Beijing

China’s Xi to host virtual BRICS leaders summit on June 23

The dialogue will be held in virtual format under the theme of “Foster a Global Development Partnership for the New Era to Jointly Implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”
This file photo taken on September 10, 2021 shows a large screen displaying a news programme featuring Chinese President Xi Jinping speaking via video at the opening of the virtual BRICS Summit being hosted by India, on a street in Beijing. (AFP)
This file photo taken on September 10, 2021 shows a large screen displaying a news programme featuring Chinese President Xi Jinping speaking via video at the opening of the virtual BRICS Summit being hosted by India, on a street in Beijing. (AFP)
Updated on Jun 17, 2022 04:56 PM IST
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China launches third aircraft carrier in major military milestone

The launch of the new carrier called Fujian -- named after the coastal province -- comes against the backdrop of China’s push for maritime influence in the far seas and as its warships attempt to leave their mark in Pacific and Indian Ocean regions
In this image taken from video footage run by China's CCTV, sailors applaud as China's third aircraft carrier christened Fujian is launched at a dry dock in Shanghai on Friday, June 17, 2022. State media reported that China on Friday launched its third aircraft carrier, the first such ship to be both designed and built entirely within the country. Chinese characters on screen reads
In this image taken from video footage run by China's CCTV, sailors applaud as China's third aircraft carrier christened Fujian is launched at a dry dock in Shanghai on Friday, June 17, 2022. State media reported that China on Friday launched its third aircraft carrier, the first such ship to be both designed and built entirely within the country. Chinese characters on screen reads "Our country's third aircraft carrier launched into water, named Fujian”. (AP)
Published on Jun 17, 2022 02:11 PM IST
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China will keep backing Russia on ‘sovereignty, security’, Xi tells Putin

The interaction between the two leaders came in the backdrop of the deteriorating situation in Ukraine and the impact the conflict was having globally
Damaged trams are pictured at a shelled tram depot, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kharkiv, Ukraine on Wednesday. (REUTERS)
Damaged trams are pictured at a shelled tram depot, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kharkiv, Ukraine on Wednesday. (REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 16, 2022 03:44 AM IST
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Report saying China may have detected signs of alien life deleted

It isn’t clear why the report was apparently removed from the website of the Science and Technology Daily, the official newspaper of China’s science and technology ministry, though the news had already started trending
Operationalised in 2020, the FAST is a single-dish telescope and is located in southwest China’s Guiyang city, the capital of Guizhou province. (AFP/ REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Operationalised in 2020, the FAST is a single-dish telescope and is located in southwest China’s Guiyang city, the capital of Guizhou province. (AFP/ REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Updated on Jun 15, 2022 06:36 PM IST
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Beijing revokes licence of bar at centre of latest Covid outbreak

Local authorities filed a criminal case against the owner of the Heaven Supermarket bar, located in the city’s most populous Chaoyang district, late on Tuesday night, listing it for “seriously breaching the law and conducting dishonest acts”
A man walks past the Heaven Supermarket bar where a Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak emerged in the Chaoyang district of Beijing on Wednesday. (AFP)
A man walks past the Heaven Supermarket bar where a Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak emerged in the Chaoyang district of Beijing on Wednesday. (AFP)
Updated on Jun 15, 2022 05:49 PM IST
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