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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.
A police officer tries to stop media as a lawyer, center, of Zhang Zhan arrives at a court in Shanghai, China.(AP)
A police officer tries to stop media as a lawyer, center, of Zhang Zhan arrives at a court in Shanghai, China.(AP)

China sentences lawyer who reported on outbreak to 4 years

Beijing | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 28, 2020 04:24 PM IST
The Pudong New Area People’s Court in the financial hub of Shanghai gave the sentence to Zhang Zhan following accusations she spread false information, gave interviews to foreign media, disrupted public order and “maliciously manipulated” the outbreak.
The State Administration for Market Regulation kicked off an antitrust investigation into Alibaba last week and dispatched officials to its Hangzhou headquarters(REUTERS)
The State Administration for Market Regulation kicked off an antitrust investigation into Alibaba last week and dispatched officials to its Hangzhou headquarters(REUTERS)

China’s crackdown on Alibaba worsen China’s internet selloff

By Bloomberg | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 10:57 AM IST
Once hailed as the standard-bearers of China’s economic and technological ascendancy, Alibaba, now face increasing pressure from regulators worried about the speed with which they’re amassing hundreds of millions of users and gaining influence over almost every aspect of daily life.
Perpetrators of similar attacks in the past have been described as mentally ill or bearing grudges against society.(Reuters file photo. Representative image)
Perpetrators of similar attacks in the past have been described as mentally ill or bearing grudges against society.(Reuters file photo. Representative image)

At least 7 killed in knife attack in northeastern China

Beijing | By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON DEC 27, 2020 02:09 PM IST
The attack in the city of Kaiyuan in Liaoning province was carried out outside a sauna and bathhouse. The suspect, identified by the media by his surname Yang, was arrested while the motive for the attack remains unknown.
Nepal's KP Oli smiles as he walks out after the inauguration of a petroleum pipeline project in Kathmandu.(REUTERS FILE)
Nepal's KP Oli smiles as he walks out after the inauguration of a petroleum pipeline project in Kathmandu.(REUTERS FILE)

China rushes senior official to Nepal amid political uncertainty

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 12:35 PM IST
Beijing has decided to send Guo Yezhou, vice minister of the international department of the central committee of the Communist Party of China, to Kathmandu on Sunday in an apparent bid to patch up the differences with the Nepal Communist Party.
A view from the Tokyo city government's survey ship of a group of disputed islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China in the East China Sea .(REUTERS)
A view from the Tokyo city government's survey ship of a group of disputed islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China in the East China Sea .(REUTERS)

Chinese ships illegally enter Japan’s territorial waters

Tokyo | By Asian News International | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 09:56 PM IST
This is despite Japanese Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi last week conveying to his Beijing counterpart Wei Fenghe about Tokyo’s strong concerns over Beijing’s regular attempts to “unilaterally change the status quo by coercion”.
A security member wearing a face mask following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak keeps watch on the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.(REUTERS)
A security member wearing a face mask following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak keeps watch on the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.(REUTERS)

China to convene for annual parliamentary session from March 5

Shanghai | By Reuters | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON DEC 26, 2020 07:26 PM IST
The gathering of the National People’s Congress typically takes place in early March in Beijing, but was delayed to May this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Once hailed as drivers of economic prosperity and symbols of the country’s technological prowess, Alibaba and rivals like Tencent Holdings Ltd. face increasing pressure from regulators after amassing hundreds of millions of users and gaining influence over almost every aspect of daily life in China.(Reuters)
Once hailed as drivers of economic prosperity and symbols of the country’s technological prowess, Alibaba and rivals like Tencent Holdings Ltd. face increasing pressure from regulators after amassing hundreds of millions of users and gaining influence over almost every aspect of daily life in China.(Reuters)

China targets Jack Ma’s Alibaba empire in monopoly probe

By Bloomberg | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 10:37 AM IST
The State Administration for Market Regulation is investigating Alibaba, the top antitrust watchdog said in a statement without further details.
The ship sailed from the port of Gladstone in Australia on May 26 – carrying coal – and reached Jingtang port on June 13. Since then, the ship has been anchored 2-3 km away from the port.(Representational image)
The ship sailed from the port of Gladstone in Australia on May 26 – carrying coal – and reached Jingtang port on June 13. Since then, the ship has been anchored 2-3 km away from the port.(Representational image)

Indian sailors stuck in ships getting necessary aid: China

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 05:36 AM IST
The sailors are stuck on bulk carrier MV Jag Anand, which has been anchored off the Jingtang port on the Bohai Sea in China’s Hebei province.
India must begin engaging with other governments and immunise them against the coming pretender to the Potala Palace.(AP)
India must begin engaging with other governments and immunise them against the coming pretender to the Potala Palace.(AP)

The battle over the next Dalai Lama

UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 05:46 AM IST
India, like the US, should make it clear that only Tibetans, not Beijing, can decide the issue
This undated file photo shows Yang Hengjun and his wife Yuan Xiaoliang.(AP)
This undated file photo shows Yang Hengjun and his wife Yuan Xiaoliang.(AP)

Australian writer detained in China sends defiant Christmas message

Sydney | By Reuters | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON DEC 23, 2020 02:34 PM IST
Pro-democracy blogger Yang Hengjun, who is facing trial on espionage charges that he denies, has been unable to receive visits from his wife or family since he was arrested in January 2019 after he arrived at Guangzhou airport from New York.
People are seen in silhouette on a street on a winter day in Beijing, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, China, December 21, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang(REUTERS)
People are seen in silhouette on a street on a winter day in Beijing, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, China, December 21, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang(REUTERS)

Westerners wary of travelling to China amid worries threat of detention

By Bloomberg | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 10:20 AM IST
Some who do business with China are increasingly worried about the risk of being swept up by security agents and becoming casualties of geopolitical tensions between Beijing and the West.
China’s former finance minister Lou Jiwei suggested that China could restrict the number of banks a single fintech platform can partner with(REUTERS)
China’s former finance minister Lou Jiwei suggested that China could restrict the number of banks a single fintech platform can partner with(REUTERS)

China could restrict bank tie-ups with fintech platforms, official suggests

Beijing | By Reuters | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON DEC 20, 2020 02:50 PM IST
China has vowed to strengthen oversight of its big tech firms, which include the likes of Alibaba Group Holding and Tencent Holdings. Speaking at a wealth management forum, China’s former finance minister Lou Jiwei, warned that fintech platforms with oversized market shares can lead to bad debts.
China’s commerce ministry on Saturday said it “firmly opposes” the move, which will affect the country’s biggest chipmaker, SMIC, and vowed to “take necessary measures” to safeguard Chinese companies’ rights.(Reuters image)
China’s commerce ministry on Saturday said it “firmly opposes” the move, which will affect the country’s biggest chipmaker, SMIC, and vowed to “take necessary measures” to safeguard Chinese companies’ rights.(Reuters image)

‘Stop bullying’: Beijing slams US blacklisting of Chinese companies

Beijing | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 08:51 AM IST
The announcement comes after relations between Washington and Beijing soured under his administration, which saw the US start a trade war with China and expand its list of sanctioned entities to a few hundred Chinese companies and subsidiaries.
The move means that US companies will need to get a license to sell sophisticated technology to SMIC.(REUTERS)
The move means that US companies will need to get a license to sell sophisticated technology to SMIC.(REUTERS)

US blacklists top Chinese chipmaker SMIC, alleging military ties

Washington | By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 10:26 PM IST
US Department of Commerce is putting more than 60 other firms on the list for such things as allegedly supporting the Chinese military, assisting the Chinese government’s crackdown on dissent, and helping Beijing’s aggressive efforts to claim territory in the South China Sea.
India and China recently blamed each other for the situation along the LAC, where tens of thousands of troops from both sides have dug in for the winter.(AP file photo)
India and China recently blamed each other for the situation along the LAC, where tens of thousands of troops from both sides have dug in for the winter.(AP file photo)

India wants further talks with China for ‘mutually acceptable solution’ to LAC standoff

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 10:37 PM IST
New Delhi has maintained that attempts by Chinese troops to unilaterally alter the status quo on the LAC and violation of several agreements for maintaining peace and tranquillity on the disputed border triggered the standoff.
Named after the Chinese goddess of the moon, the Chang’e program has made three landings there, including on its less explored far side.(AP)
Named after the Chinese goddess of the moon, the Chang’e program has made three landings there, including on its less explored far side.(AP)

Moon rocks in hand, China prepares for future moon missions

Beijing | By Associated Press | Posted by Deepali Sharma
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 06:18 PM IST
China’s next three lunar missions are on track, along with programs for returning samples from Mars and exploring asteroids and the planet Jupiter.
Joe Biden’s election as the United States (US) president has led to talk of greater coordination between Washington and Brussels over China(Bloomberg)
Joe Biden’s election as the United States (US) president has led to talk of greater coordination between Washington and Brussels over China(Bloomberg)

Decoding the DC-Brussels-Beijing geopolitical triangle

By Manoj Kewalramani
PUBLISHED ON DEC 16, 2020 08:05 PM IST
Irrespective of this economic engagement, there is friction between Beijing and Brussels, which is independent of Washington
A mural of Ludwig van Beethoven is seen at a pedestrian tunnel ahead of his 250th birth anniversary in Bonn, Germany.(Reuters file)
A mural of Ludwig van Beethoven is seen at a pedestrian tunnel ahead of his 250th birth anniversary in Bonn, Germany.(Reuters file)

China pays homage to Beethoven, who has a fan base in country

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis , edited by Vinod Janardhanan
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 06:57 PM IST
The German composer is a huge musical icon in China, seen as an unlikely hero in the country because of his life’s struggles and music.
The security breach was reportedly carried out by a Chinese hacking group nicknamed “Bronze President.”(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The security breach was reportedly carried out by a Chinese hacking group nicknamed “Bronze President.”(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Suspected Chinese hackers stole camera footage from African Union: Report

Washington | By Reuters | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON DEC 16, 2020 04:48 PM IST
The alert, drafted in late January and circulated to senior officials, provides a glimpse of how world powers are jockeying for influence and visibility at the continent’s paramount pan-African organization.
Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison attends a news conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia.(REUTERS)
Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison attends a news conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia.(REUTERS)

Australian PM says China coal ban would breach WTO rules

Canberra | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 04:30 PM IST
Prime Minister Scott Morrison was replying to a report in China’s state-owned Global Times newspaper that said Beijing’s main planning agency had given power plants approval to import coal without restrictions, except for Australian coal.
The standoff between Indian and Chinese forces in Ladakh sector of the LAC is currently in its eighth month, and tens of thousands of troops from both sides have dug in for the winter after several rounds of military and diplomatic talks failed to make headway. (Photo@rajnathsingh)
The standoff between Indian and Chinese forces in Ladakh sector of the LAC is currently in its eighth month, and tens of thousands of troops from both sides have dug in for the winter after several rounds of military and diplomatic talks failed to make headway. (Photo@rajnathsingh)

India stood up to China’s ‘aggression’, forced PLA troops back: Rajnath Singh

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 03:42 PM IST
Rajnath Singh called on industry to step up to forge partnerships to provide the armed forces with the right technology and equipment for defending the country and also for driving the export of military hardware.
Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said common efforts were needed to maintain good relations between China and India.(Reuters file)
Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said common efforts were needed to maintain good relations between China and India.(Reuters file)

China again blames India for border friction, talks of challenges in ties

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis , edited by Vinod Janardhanan
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 06:40 PM IST
The responsibility for border tensions “totally lies with the Indian side”, a foreign ministry spokesperson said, claiming China “has been strictly observing the agreements”.
A display showing Chinese President Xi Jinping with the slogan "The People's desire for the good life is the goal we fight for" during the 11th Xinjiang Agricultural Produce Beijing Fair held in Beijing on December 5.(AP file)
A display showing Chinese President Xi Jinping with the slogan "The People's desire for the good life is the goal we fight for" during the 11th Xinjiang Agricultural Produce Beijing Fair held in Beijing on December 5.(AP file)

China using big data to detain Muslim minorities in Xinjiang: Report

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis , edited by Vinod Janardhanan
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 04:45 PM IST
A new report by Human Rights Watch says the Integrated Joint Operations Platform (IJOP), a predictive computer programme, analyses data and selects members of minority communities to be detained.
In this October 16, 2016, file photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the signing ceremony by foreign ministers during the BRICS summit in Goa, India.(AP file)
In this October 16, 2016, file photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the signing ceremony by foreign ministers during the BRICS summit in Goa, India.(AP file)

China cancels special stamp launch with India to mark 70 years of ties

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 10:15 PM IST
The stamp was to be jointly launched as part of celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries in 1950.
A worker gestures as a crane lifts goods for export onto a cargo vessel at a port in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, China.(Reuters file)
A worker gestures as a crane lifts goods for export onto a cargo vessel at a port in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, China.(Reuters file)

India’s imports from China dropped 13%, exports went up by 16% in 2020: State media

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis | Edited by Vinod Janardhanan
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 03:52 PM IST
Chinese state media was quick to point out that Indian exports to China continued to rise because Beijing hasn’t politicised the border friction along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.
The increased activity along the Myanmar border has sparked concern in New Delhi that India’s military is becoming stretched as tensions remain with China and Pakistan on other parts of its land border.(PTI file photo)
The increased activity along the Myanmar border has sparked concern in New Delhi that India’s military is becoming stretched as tensions remain with China and Pakistan on other parts of its land border.(PTI file photo)

India accuses China of helping rebel groups on Myanmar border

By Bloomberg | Posted by Deepali Sharma
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 11:47 AM IST
Armed groups in Myanmar, which was designated a terrorist organization this year are acting as Beijing’s proxies by supplying weapons and providing hideouts to insurgent groups in India’s northeastern states.
Chinese diplomats were once known for their low-key approach in dealing with complex domestic and global issues.(REUTERS)
Chinese diplomats were once known for their low-key approach in dealing with complex domestic and global issues.(REUTERS)

China dismisses ‘Wolf Warrior diplomacy’ charge as akin to ‘China threat’ theory

Beijing | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON DEC 06, 2020 07:08 PM IST
Chinese diplomats were once known for their low-key approach in dealing with complex domestic and global issues. But their style changed in recent years as Beijing battled increasing global adversity on issues like coronavirus.
Chinese soldiers of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) sit on the back of a truck on the highway to Nyingchi, Tibet Autonomous Region, China.(REUTERS)
Chinese soldiers of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) sit on the back of a truck on the highway to Nyingchi, Tibet Autonomous Region, China.(REUTERS)

Top US official says China conducted human tests to develop super soldiers

Washington | By Asian News International | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2020 11:10 PM IST
The scholars have explored Chinese research using the gene-editing tool CRISPR, short for “clusters of regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats.
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