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The People’s Daily, the party’s official mouthpiece, ran a three-page, 22,000-character article Wednesday summarizing the poverty-alleviation orders Xi has issued since taking power.(REUTERS)

Xi Jinping puts personal stamp on China’s fight against poverty

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 10:51 AM IST
Xi handed out awards to individuals involved in the campaign Thursday and was expected to give a speech touting China’s progress in its fight to end poverty.
FILE PHOTO: Empty seats of pro-democracy lawmakers are seen during Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam's annual policy address at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, China November 25, 2020. REUTERS/Lam Yik/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Empty seats of pro-democracy lawmakers are seen during Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam's annual policy address at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, China November 25, 2020. REUTERS/Lam Yik/File Photo(REUTERS)

Chinese Official Signals Changes to Hong Kong Election Rules

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 07:39 AM IST
Speaking to the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macau Studies, Xia said that to improve Hong Kong’s electoral system, “relevant legal loopholes within the framework of the Constitution and the Basic Law” need to be closed
The move came after the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Daily released details for the first time of four soldiers who were killed, and an officer who was injured in the clash at Galwan Valley on June 15, 2020. (Representative Image)(ANI file photo for representation)
The move came after the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Daily released details for the first time of four soldiers who were killed, and an officer who was injured in the clash at Galwan Valley on June 15, 2020. (Representative Image)(ANI file photo for representation)

Beijing on diplomatic charge amid pullback

By Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 20, 2021 01:49 AM IST
China says it lost four soldiers in Galwan, leaks selective clips of clash, hopes ‘India has learnt its lesson’.
Media tycoon Jimmy Lai, currently in custody after his arrest under Beijing's new national security law, is also among those on trial.(AP)
Media tycoon Jimmy Lai, currently in custody after his arrest under Beijing's new national security law, is also among those on trial.(AP)

Veteran Hong Kong activists on trial over huge democracy rally

AFP | , Hong Kong
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2021 11:14 AM IST
As they entered court on Tuesday, some of the activists flashed a three-finger salute, a symbol now used across Asia to protest authoritarianism.
Britain opens visa for Hong Kongers allowing them to live and work in UK(REUTERS)
Britain opens visa for Hong Kongers allowing them to live and work in UK(REUTERS)

Britain opens visa for Hong Kongers allowing them to live and work in UK

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 31, 2021 05:24 PM IST
  • Anyone with a British National (Overseas) passport and their dependents can now apply online for a visa allowing them to live and work in the United Kingdom. After five years, they can apply for citizenship.
People wearing face masks walk on Jianghan street in Wuhan on January 10, 2021, the eve of the first anniversary of China confirming its first death from the Covid-19 coronavirus. (AFP)
People wearing face masks walk on Jianghan street in Wuhan on January 10, 2021, the eve of the first anniversary of China confirming its first death from the Covid-19 coronavirus. (AFP)

China sees biggest daily Covid-19 case rise in over 5 months

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 11, 2021 07:47 AM IST
A county in the northeastern Heilongjiang province on Monday moved into lockdown after reporting new novel coronavirus infections, state television also reported separately.
Security guards change shift under a screen showing Chinese President Xi Jinping delivering a speech for the evening news broadcast in Beijing on December 31.(AP file)
Security guards change shift under a screen showing Chinese President Xi Jinping delivering a speech for the evening news broadcast in Beijing on December 31.(AP file)

China using proxies to intimidate people across world, says Canadian minister

Hindustan Times, Toronto | By Anirudh Bhattacharyya , edited by Vinod Janardhanan
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 01:11 PM IST
In a letter to lawmakers, Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety responsible for the country’s internal security, said that “foreign states, including the PRC (Peoples Republic of China), attempt to threaten and intimidate individuals around the world, including in Canada, through various state entities and non-state proxies.”
A medical staff in a protective suit prepares to take a swab from a child near a residential area in Shijiazhuang in north China's Hebei province.(AP)
A medical staff in a protective suit prepares to take a swab from a child near a residential area in Shijiazhuang in north China's Hebei province.(AP)

Chinese city sealed off to squash coronavirus outbreak

Beijing | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 11:20 AM IST
The pandemic has so far broadly been brought to heel by Chinese authorities since its emergence in Wuhan in late 2019, with small outbreaks swiftly snuffed out with mass testing, local lockdowns and travel restrictions.
A medical worker in protective suit collects a swab from a resident during a mass nucleic acid testing following a recent coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China.(REUTERS)
A medical worker in protective suit collects a swab from a resident during a mass nucleic acid testing following a recent coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, China.(REUTERS)

Covid-19: China locks down Hebei, 11 million people barred from leaving

Shanghai | By Reuters | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 05:11 PM IST
Hebei accounted for 51 of the 52 local cases reported by the National Health Commission on Thursday. This compared with 20 cases reported in the province, which surrounds Beijing, a day earlier.
On Thursday, there were 51 more cases reported in Hebei, the National Health Commission reported -- plus another 69 asymptomatic cases.(AP Photo)
On Thursday, there were 51 more cases reported in Hebei, the National Health Commission reported -- plus another 69 asymptomatic cases.(AP Photo)

Officials punished as China logs highest daily Covid cases since July

Beijing | By Agence France-Presse| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 03:12 PM IST
The virus first emerged in central China in late 2019, but since then authorities have largely brought the situation under control through travel restrictions, strict lockdowns and mass testing. But a recent outbreak in northern Hebei province, which surrounds Beijing, has seen cases spike and prompted mass testing, school closures and suspension of travel links to the province.
The coronavirus disease was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019 and has since spread around the world.(AP)
The coronavirus disease was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019 and has since spread around the world.(AP)

China plays down concern after WHO’s rare rebuke

Beijing | By Agencies, Beijing/geneva
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 07:02 AM IST
Foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying, told a regular news briefing in Beijing that the problem was “not just about visas” for the team.
Former law professor Benny Tai (left) after his arrest.
Former law professor Benny Tai (left) after his arrest.

HK arrests 53 oppn figures, sparks outcry

Hong Kong | By Agencies, Hong Kong
PUBLISHED ON JAN 07, 2021 01:47 AM IST
Police confirmed 53 people - including a US citizen - were arrested for “subversion” in an early morning operation that involved about 1,000 officers.
HT Image
HT Image

Death for former China banker

Beijing | By Agencies
PUBLISHED ON JAN 07, 2021 12:52 AM IST
Lai Xiaomin, a former Communist Party member, gave a detailed televised confession on state broadcaster CCTV last January, which showed footage of safes and cabinets stuffed with cash in a Beijing apartment allegedly belonging to him.
The sudden arrest of dozens of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, in the most sweeping use of a new national security law to date(REUTERS)
The sudden arrest of dozens of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, in the most sweeping use of a new national security law to date(REUTERS)

Explainer: Hong Kong mass arrests chill democracy movement

Hong Kong | By Associated Press | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 05:46 PM IST
The arrests will remove more activists from the scene, reducing the possibility of renewed protests and eliminating many as future candidates for office. They warn a younger generation that formed the backbone of protests that even holding an unofficial primary can result in legal action.
Afghan security personnel had smashed a Chinese spy ring in a security operation that led to the detention of 10 Chinese nationals and seizure of arms and explosive(AP)
Afghan security personnel had smashed a Chinese spy ring in a security operation that led to the detention of 10 Chinese nationals and seizure of arms and explosive(AP)

Afghanistan busted Chinese spy ring, kept it a secret. NDS chief explains why

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 06:26 PM IST
NDS chief Ahmad Zia Saraj told the Afghan parliament on Tuesday that a group of Chinese nationals had been arrested for espionage.
Military honour guards attend a flag-raising ceremony at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, in Taipei.(REUTERS)
Military honour guards attend a flag-raising ceremony at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, in Taipei.(REUTERS)

China has been waging ‘cognitive warfare’ against Taiwan, warns think tank

Asian News International | By Asian News International | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 10:36 PM IST
He said the growing anti-Beijing sentiment in Taiwan had expanded the psychological distance across the Taiwan Strait.
More than 1 million government officials have been punished in Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign, the People’s Daily had reported earlier(AP)
More than 1 million government officials have been punished in Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign, the People’s Daily had reported earlier(AP)

China sentences former Huarong chairman to death over bribery

By Bloomberg | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON JAN 05, 2021 05:09 PM IST
Lai Xiaomin was found guilty of receiving a total of $277 million in bribes between 2008 and 2018. Chinese authorities are taking an increasingly tough stance on corporate malfeasance, broadening President Xi Jinping’s eight-year corruption crackdown into the nation’s boardrooms.
The military drills in Tibet’s capital city of Lhasa - also home to the Potala Palace, the historic seat of the Dalai Lama - were designed to message to Tibetans not to cross the red line(Sourced)
The military drills in Tibet’s capital city of Lhasa - also home to the Potala Palace, the historic seat of the Dalai Lama - were designed to message to Tibetans not to cross the red line(Sourced)

China flies choppers over Lhasa in military drill to tame Tibet

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 06:38 PM IST
The military drill is seen as part of the continuing effort by President Xi Jinping to sinicise Tibet that would pick up pace in view of the new US law.
Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the National Day reception on the eve of the 71st anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in Beijing, China.(Reuters/ File photo)
Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the National Day reception on the eve of the 71st anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in Beijing, China.(Reuters/ File photo)

Will economy give Xi Jinping muscle to flex?

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Pramit Pal Chaudhuri
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 08:25 AM IST
Xi will see no reason to be less wolf warrior-ish this year. Things worked out reasonably well last year despite the pandemic. President Donald Trump’s tariff strikes were hard but not true. The United States earned as much negative press as China for committing less sins.
The battle for influence in the Pacific Islands comes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s decision to seek an independent investigation into the origins of the coronavirus(REUTERS)
The battle for influence in the Pacific Islands comes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s decision to seek an independent investigation into the origins of the coronavirus(REUTERS)

Australia’s influence in Pacific Islands grows as China’s wanes

By Bloomberg | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 07:50 PM IST
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has promised to supply its neighbours with Covid-19 vaccines in 2021 as part of a A$500 million package aimed at achieving “full immunization coverage” in the region. It also recently signed a “landmark” deal with Fiji.
People submit forms to receive the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine at a makeshift vaccination site in Beijing's Chaoyang district, China January 3, 2021.(REUTERS)
People submit forms to receive the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine at a makeshift vaccination site in Beijing's Chaoyang district, China January 3, 2021.(REUTERS)

China reports 33 new Covid-19 cases, sharp spike in asymptomatic cases

Beijing | By Reuters | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 06:13 AM IST
The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed cases, rose to 40 from eight cases a day earlier.
Taiwan is ready to have “meaningful” talks with China as equals as long as they are willing to put aside confrontation, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Friday, offering another olive branch to Beijing in her New Year’s speech.(Reuters)
Taiwan is ready to have “meaningful” talks with China as equals as long as they are willing to put aside confrontation, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Friday, offering another olive branch to Beijing in her New Year’s speech.(Reuters)

‘Cheap trick’: China rebuffs latest Taiwan offer of talks

Beijing | By Reuters | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 09:50 AM IST
China views the democratic and self-governed island as its own territory, and cut off a formal talks mechanism in 2016 after Tsai was first elected, viewing her as a separatist bent on a formal declaration of independence.
Indian bulk cargo vessel MV Jag Anand has been on anchorage near Jingtang port in Hebei province of China since June 13 and it has 23 Indian sailors.(Fleetmon/DK Mistral)
Indian bulk cargo vessel MV Jag Anand has been on anchorage near Jingtang port in Hebei province of China since June 13 and it has 23 Indian sailors.(Fleetmon/DK Mistral)

India seeks ‘urgent, time-bound’ assistance for 39 sailor stuck in Chinese waters

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 09:37 PM IST
Srivastava said both these vessels have been waiting for discharge of their cargo and there is a growing stress on the crew members on account of the long delay.
Fireworks explode over the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge during downsized New Year's Eve celebrations during the COVID-19 pandemic, in Australia.(via REUTERS)
Fireworks explode over the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge during downsized New Year's Eve celebrations during the COVID-19 pandemic, in Australia.(via REUTERS)

Fireworks explode over empty streets in Sydney, Christchurch as 2020 slinks away into history

By Reuters | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 08:44 PM IST
Good riddance, 2020. Hello, 2021.
Travellers wait at the Beijing Capital International Airport following the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in Beijing, China December 30, 2020.(REUTERS)
Travellers wait at the Beijing Capital International Airport following the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in Beijing, China December 30, 2020.(REUTERS)

Amid virus fears, China urges migrant workers to skip holiday travel

Beijing | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 30, 2020 05:30 PM IST
The measure from the National Health Commission is not a direct travel ban but is still extraordinary because Lunar New Year is China’s most important traditional holiday and the only time of the year when many workers have the opportunity to travel home to see their families.
Millions of domestic tourists travel in the week before and after January 1 in a typical year.(Pixabay)
Millions of domestic tourists travel in the week before and after January 1 in a typical year.(Pixabay)

Chinese tourists, gripped by coronavirus fears, scale back domestic travel plans

Beijing | By Reuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
PUBLISHED ON DEC 30, 2020 10:48 AM IST
Chinese tourists, millions of whom have shunned overseas travel this year because of the global pandemic, are further narrowing the scope of their journeys, visiting nearby cities and avoiding trips out of their provinces.
Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria during a sortie in the indigenous Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), in Bengaluru.(PTI)
Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria during a sortie in the indigenous Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), in Bengaluru.(PTI)

Pakistan has become pawn in Chinese policy: IAF chief RKS Bhadauria

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 04:49 AM IST
In an address at a seminar organised by think-tank Vivekananda International Foundation, he said Pakistan’s dependence on China is going to increase as the country is set to reel under a Chinese debt-trap.
Employees, wearing masks, work on a production line manufacturing display monitors at a TPV factory in Wuhan, Hubei province, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in China.(REUTERS)
Employees, wearing masks, work on a production line manufacturing display monitors at a TPV factory in Wuhan, Hubei province, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in China.(REUTERS)

Wuhan’s Covid-19 cases may have been ten times higher than estimated: Study

By Bloomberg | Posted byShankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 11:06 PM IST
China has been criticized internationally for its initial handling of the outbreak, which has spread around the world in a global pandemic in the year since the first cases emerged.
Travellers wearing face masks push suitcases outside Beijing Railway Station following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Beijing, China.(REUTERS)
Travellers wearing face masks push suitcases outside Beijing Railway Station following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Beijing, China.(REUTERS)

China’s capital locks down part of district in coronavirus fight

Beijing | By Reuters | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 29, 2020 04:16 PM IST
The city has reported 16 infections and three asymptomatic cases since December 18, when the first cases were found. Most of the cases were in Shunyi, which has banned couriers from entering residential compounds.
US President-elect Joe Biden delivers a speech after a conference video call focused on foreign policy at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, on December 28.(REUTERS)
US President-elect Joe Biden delivers a speech after a conference video call focused on foreign policy at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, on December 28.(REUTERS)

Biden slams Chinese abuses, stresses security and prosperity in Indo-Pacific

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj , edited by Vinod Janardhanan
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 11:44 AM IST
Biden’s remarks on China, which will be scrutinised closely both at home in the US and abroad in India, Japan and Australia for clarity on how he will run this most crucial relationship, came after a meeting with his team of foreign policy and national security nominees and officials of his transition team.
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