Sutirtho Patranobis
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Questions mount after China defence minister Li Shangfu’s absence

China's defence minister, General Li Shangfu, has not been seen in public for over two weeks, leading to speculation about his whereabouts.

China’s defence minister Li Shangfu attends the 20th IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore June 2, 2023. (REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 16, 2023 10:24 AM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis, New Delhi

Passing of G20 presidential gavel marks start of Delhi to Rio journey

India and Brazil on Sunday affirmed their common vision for global prosperity as Prime Minister Narendra Modi handed over the G20 presidential gavel to Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, in New Delhi on Sunday. (PTI)
Published on Sep 11, 2023 01:02 AM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis, New Delhi:

On G20 margins, push for UN reform

PM Narendra Modi and Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva have agreed to have “regular bilateral coordination meetings on Security Council Reform

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C) along with world leaders pays respect at the Mahatma Gandhi memorial at Raj Ghat on the sidelines of the G20 summit in New Delhi on September 10, 2023. (AFP)
Updated on Sep 11, 2023 04:27 AM IST
By, Sutirtho Patranobis

China remains silent after signing off on consensus doc

Neither Li, China’s second-ranking leader in the Communist Party of China’s hierarchy, at the summit instead of President Xi Jinping, nor his delegation offered any comment on the declaration

China’s G20 delegation was led by Premier Li Qiang (Twitter Photo)
Published on Sep 10, 2023 01:15 PM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis

As ‘Bharat’ on Modi’s table turns heads, a magazine for G20 guests explains name

The 24-page magazine, “Bharat: The Mother of Democracy”, has been produced specially for the summit to be distributed free among delegates and journalists

The “Bharat” country tag at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s table during his opening remarks at the G20 Summit grabbed attention on Saturday morning.
Updated on Sep 10, 2023 04:47 AM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis

G20 Summit set to commence in New Delhi

The Leaders’ Summit will comprise three key sessions — One Earth, One Family and One Future — besides other side events. President Droupadi Murmu will host a dinner in the honour of the G20 leaders later in the day

The event will showcase India’s readiness to host a wide range of events. (Arvind Yadav/ HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 09, 2023 09:23 AM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis

Crafts Bazaar to simulate an Indian shopping experience for G20 dignitaries, spouses, guests

A crafts bazaar has been set up at the G20 Summit venue in New Delhi, showcasing traditional handicrafts from across India. The bazaar features 30 stalls selling items such as Thanjavur paintings, Telia cloth, and Dhokra metalwork. The exhibition allows G20 Summit attendees to purchase handicrafts with historical and economic significance to India. The bazaar focuses on products identified under the government's one district, one product scheme, which aims to promote specific items from each district. Live demonstrations by artisans are also planned during the summit.

An artist at work at the Crafts Bazaar. (AFP)
Updated on Sep 09, 2023 12:38 AM IST
ByDeeksha Bhardwaj, Sutirtho Patranobis

Hopeful of consensus on G20 Summit’s joint communique: Top Indian diplomat

Differences between the West and Russia over the language to be used remains the primary hurdle against the New Delhi declaration

India’s G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant with foreign secretary Vinay Kwatra and Department of Economic Affairs secretary Ajay Seth during the G20 curtain raiser press conference in New Delhi (PTI)
Published on Sep 08, 2023 09:22 PM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis

China warns India on security ties with Taiwan after ex-chiefs visit island

Former army chief Manoj Naravane, navy chief Karambir Singh, and air chief RKS Bhadauria delivered talks in Taipei on August 8.

The Chinese foreign ministry’s delayed reaction to the visit comes in the backdrop of deeply strained Sino-India ties which have nosedived since the Galwan Valley clash in June 2020 (AP)
Updated on Sep 01, 2023 02:45 AM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis

How Barbie sparked the latest geopolitics tussle between China and Vietnam

Unforeseen political ripples occur when Barbie enters the South China sea dispute. The film's controversial map with the nine-dash line led to a ban in Vietnam

The talented actor-director Greta Gerwig’s summer blockbuster, the first live-action movie on the toy, Barbie, was banned in Vietnam(Film still)
Published on Jul 28, 2023 05:25 PM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis

Xi sacks China’s missing foreign minister after video leaks, reappoints Wang Yi

Speculation over the reasons behind Qin Gang’s disappearance - he was last seen at an event on June 25 - was immediately censored on China’s closely-monitored social media

China removed foreign minister Qin Gang and appointed Wang Yi (AP File)
Updated on Jul 25, 2023 08:46 PM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis

SCO summit: Xi calls for efforts to ‘safeguard regional peace’, ensure ‘common security’

Without directly referring to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the SCO, Xi Jinping said, should “…promote political settlement of international and regional hotspot issues, and build a solid barrier for regional security”

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit via video conference, on Tuesday. (ANI)
Updated on Jul 04, 2023 04:17 PM IST

China to send special envoy to Ukraine, Russia from Monday

China will send a special envoy to Ukraine, Russia and other European nations from Monday to discuss a “political settlement” to the war in Ukraine.

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Updated on May 12, 2023 03:29 PM IST
By, Beijing

China, Canada in tit-for-tat diplomat expulsion as ties plunge

Beijing’s retaliatory measure comes a day after Justin Trudeau’s government expelled Toronto-based Chinese diplomat Zhao Wei, accused of attempting to intimidate Canadian lawmaker, Michael Chong

A man walks past the entrance of the building where Canada’s consul general facilities are located in Shanghai, China on Tuesday. (AFP)
Updated on May 09, 2023 09:57 PM IST

US’ “erroneous words and deeds” to blame for state of ties: Chinese FM

China on Monday blamed the US for undermining ties, with foreign minister Qin Gang telling ambassador Nicholas Burns that bilateral relations have “encountered cold ice” because of a series of “erroneous words and deeds” by Washington.

Chinese foreign minister Qin Gang speaks at The Grand Halls in Shanghai in April 2023. (AP)
Updated on May 08, 2023 04:18 PM IST
By, Beijing

China ready to help Afghanistan stabilise, FM Qin Gang tells Afghan counterpart

Qin met Pakistani foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and acting foreign minister of the Afghan interim government Amir Khan Muttaqi over the weekend for the “China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue”

Chinese foreign minister Qin Gang (left), Pakistan’s foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari (centre) and Afghanistan’s foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi posing after a meeting in Islamabad, on Saturday. (AFP)
Updated on May 07, 2023 08:21 PM IST

Border ‘generally stable’, China tells India

Chinese foreign minister Qin Gang met his Indian counterpart, S Jaishankar, on the margins of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) foreign ministers’ meeting

Chinese foreign minister Qin Gang with his Indian counterpart, S Jaishankar. (Twitter)
Updated on May 05, 2023 08:31 AM IST

Chinese FM headed to Pakistan from India to meet Pak leaders, Taliban FM

China’s foreign minister Qin Gang will visit Islamabad from May 5 to 6 to attend the China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue in Pakistan.

Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang attends the opening ceremony of the Lanting Forum in Shanghai, China in April 2023. (REUTERS)
Updated on May 04, 2023 11:15 AM IST
By, Beijing

China reiterates it can help ‘improve’ Myanmar-Bangladesh ties

Qin Qang, who is the highest-ranking Chinese official to meet Myanmar’s top leadership since the military coup over two years ago

Senior Gen Min Aung Hlaing (right), head of Myanmar’s military council, shakes hands with Chinese foreign minister Qin Gang during their meeting in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Tuesday. (AP)
Updated on May 03, 2023 06:43 PM IST

Chinese foreign minister to visit India for SCO meet

Chinese foreign minister Qin Gang will visit India to attend the SCO foreign ministers’ meeting this week, his second trip to the country in two months, and also travel to Myanmar to deepen cooperation.

Chinese foreign minister Qin Gang. (AP)
Updated on May 03, 2023 12:30 AM IST
By, Beijing

Chinese foreign minister to visit India this week to attend SCO meeting

Several key meetings in the run-up to the summit have already been held in India including the national security advisers’ meeting on March 29 and the defence ministers’ meeting in late April

Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar (right) with his Chinese counterpart Qin Gang on the sidelines of G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, in New Delhi, on March 2, 2023. (PTI)
Updated on May 02, 2023 07:18 PM IST

Over 1.14 billion infected with Covid between Dec and Feb: China CDC

The latest CDC report said vaccine booster shots are effective in preventing infection and preventing symptoms of the disease within six months.

Travellers walk with their luggage at Beijing Capital International Airport, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Beijing. (REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 29, 2023 12:39 PM IST
By, Beijing

Chinese defence minister to attend SCO meeting in India amid chill in ties

It will be the first visit by a Chinese defence minister to India since Indian and Chinese militaries have been locked in a three-year standoff in eastern Ladakh

Chinese defence minister Li Shangfu (REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 25, 2023 11:10 PM IST

Hutong Cat | Population: A new front emerges in tense India-China ties

China is expected to be overtaken by India as the world's most populous country in 2023. What does this imply?

The report expects India’s population to touch 1.429 billion latest by July 1, around 2.96 million more than the population of China. (Shutterstock)
Published on Apr 24, 2023 07:33 PM IST

China distances itself from its envoy’s controversial comments on post-Soviet nations

Chinese envoy Lu Shaye said in an interview on French TV on Friday that Crimea was historically part of Russia and had been offered to Ukraine by former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.

A cargo ship sails next to the Crimea bridge in the Kerch Strait, Crimea, on March 14, 2023. (REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 24, 2023 05:11 PM IST

Chinese FM warns of “dangerous” consequences over Taiwan interference

China’s foreign minister Qin Gang on Friday warned of “dangerous” consequences if countries intervened in Taiwan.

Qin Gang, China's foreign minister, speaks during the Lanting Forum in Shanghai, China, on Friday. (Bloomberg)
Updated on Apr 21, 2023 04:30 PM IST
By, Beijing

Chinese media slams Western press reports on India surpassing China’s population

Commentaries in state-run Chinese media sought to play down the landmark crossover, collating comments from experts who questioned India’s ability to take advantage of its demographic dividend or the advantages of having a younger population

People throng a street near the Jama Masjid People in the old quarters of New Delhi, India on Wednesday. (AFP)
Updated on Apr 20, 2023 05:03 PM IST

India to overtake China in population by July 1: UN

WPP projections show that India’s population will reach a peak population of 1.697 billion in 2063 . China’s population, which started declining in 2022 is expected to fall to 1.168 billion by that time

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Updated on Apr 20, 2023 12:05 AM IST
By, , New Delhi/beijing

Hutong Cat | What's in a name? Geopolitical power

China's bid to rename cities in territories that aren't its own is an exercise in generating 'anxiety'

This time, China’s ministry of civil affairs released the changed names as well as precise geographical coordinates of the 11 places in early April. ((Waseem Andrabi /HT Photo))
Published on Apr 19, 2023 12:14 PM IST

India to be world’s most populous country by mid-year: UN

Experts said India’s young population in a consumer-driven economy will be a major factor in driving the country’s development

The UNFPA report said 25% of India’s population is in the age group of 0-14, 18% in 10-19, 26% in 10-24, 68% in 15-64. (Reuters/Representative)
Updated on Apr 19, 2023 02:54 PM IST
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