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The average annual growth rate was 0.53% over the past 10 years, down from a rate of 0.57% between 2000 and 2010.. (Photo by STR / AFP) (AFP)

China likely to remove all restrictions on births by 2025, says report

Agencies | , Beijing
PUBLISHED ON JUN 19, 2021 12:47 AM IST
  • Authorities will likely begin by eliminating restrictions in provinces where the birthrates are the lowest
Foreign secretary Harsh Shringla made it clear that the ball is now in the Chinese court for resolving the standoff
Foreign secretary Harsh Shringla made it clear that the ball is now in the Chinese court for resolving the standoff

‘Onus on China to address remaining issues on LAC’: Foreign secretary Shringla

By Rezaul H Laskar, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2021 04:10 AM IST
Foreign secretary Harsh Shringla made the remarks during an online dialogue on the theme “India’s foreign policy in the post-Covid world”
China and China-linked cyber operations have been seen as a persistent threat in India.(Representative image)
China and China-linked cyber operations have been seen as a persistent threat in India.(Representative image)

News updates from HT: China unit targets Indian telcos, firms in cyber espionage

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 18, 2021 09:01 AM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Biden's June 9 order replaced Donald Trump's 2020 bans against the popular Chinese applications WeChat, owned by Tencent Holdings Co, and ByteDance Ltd's TikTok.(Bloomberg Photo)
Biden's June 9 order replaced Donald Trump's 2020 bans against the popular Chinese applications WeChat, owned by Tencent Holdings Co, and ByteDance Ltd's TikTok.(Bloomberg Photo)

Chinese apps could face subpoenas or bans under Biden's executive order: Report

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON JUN 18, 2021 05:32 AM IST
The US Department of Commerce may issue subpoenas to collect information about certain smartphone, tablet and desktop computer software applications. Then the agency may either negotiate conditions for their use in the United States or ban the apps, according to people familiar with the matter.
China and China-linked cyber operations have been seen as a persistent threat in India.(MINT_PRINT) Exclusive
China and China-linked cyber operations have been seen as a persistent threat in India.(MINT_PRINT)

China unit targets Indian telcos, firms in cyber espionage

By Binayak Dasgupta, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2021 07:42 AM IST
  • In March 2021, the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (Cert-IN) said it found signs of China-linked cyber actors conducting an espionage campaign against the Indian transportation sector.
Cheung Chi-wai, deputy editor at the Apple Daily newspaper, center, is escorted from the publication's headquarters building by officers with the Hong Kong Police Force's national security department in Hong Kong, China, on Thursday.(Bloomberg)
Cheung Chi-wai, deputy editor at the Apple Daily newspaper, center, is escorted from the publication's headquarters building by officers with the Hong Kong Police Force's national security department in Hong Kong, China, on Thursday.(Bloomberg)

Editors of Hong Kong newspaper arrested under security law

AP | , Hong Kong
PUBLISHED ON JUN 17, 2021 08:20 PM IST
  • Apple Daily said in a statement that the move left it “speechless” but vowed to continue its reporting. The newspaper has long been one of the most outspoken defenders of Hong Kong's freedoms.
The docking process in space between the Tianhe core module of China's space station and a crewed Shenzhou-12 spaceship.(AP)
The docking process in space between the Tianhe core module of China's space station and a crewed Shenzhou-12 spaceship.(AP)

Chinese crewed spaceship Shenzhou-12 docks with new space station module Tianhe

AP | | Posted by Kunal Gaurav, Jiuquan, China
PUBLISHED ON JUN 17, 2021 04:56 PM IST
  • The Shenzhou-12 spacecraft connected with the Tianhe space station module about six hours after takeoff from the Jiuquan launch centre on the edge of the Gobi Desert.
China disease expert's demand for Covid origin probe in the US comes after a new study published by the US National Institutes for Health.(Reuters)
China disease expert's demand for Covid origin probe in the US comes after a new study published by the US National Institutes for Health.(Reuters)

China disease expert demands next Covid origin probe in US after new NIH study

Written by Kunal Gaurav | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 17, 2021 04:31 PM IST
  • The Covid origin probe has become a source of political tension between China and the United States amid claims of a possible virus leak at a Wuhan laboratory.
China launched Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo into orbit aboard the spacecraft Shenzhou-12. (Reuters Photo)
China launched Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo into orbit aboard the spacecraft Shenzhou-12. (Reuters Photo)

China launches manned space mission: Veteran astronaut, treadmills and more

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 17, 2021 08:20 AM IST
China has earlier operated two experimental space stations. It also landed a probe on Mars last month that carried the Zhurong rover.
Shenzhou 12 space mission: China will send three astronauts -- Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming, and Tang Hongbo -- as its first crew to a new space station today. (AP Photo)
Shenzhou 12 space mission: China will send three astronauts -- Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming, and Tang Hongbo -- as its first crew to a new space station today. (AP Photo)

China launches Shenzhou-12 shuttle carrying first crew to new space station

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON JUN 17, 2021 06:13 AM IST
China's space mission Shenzhou-12 is the third of 11 missions needed to build Tiangong, the country's new space station. The astronauts are being sent for a three-month stay aboard the core module, to see how the men handle their relatively long time in orbit.
Chinese media outlets took potshots at the US donation of 80 Covid vaccine vials to Trinidad and Tobago.(AP)
Chinese media outlets took potshots at the US donation of 80 Covid vaccine vials to Trinidad and Tobago.(AP)

‘Worst PR award’: Chinese media mocks US donation of 80 Covid vaccine vials

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2021 04:17 PM IST
  • On Monday, the US Embassy to Port of Spain said on Twitter that its Covid-19 vaccines donation to Trinidad and Tobago includes 80 vials of Pfizer shots.
The Taishan plant, which began commercial operation in December 2018, is owned by China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group and Electricite de France. In picture - Taishan Nuclear Power Plant is seen under construction in Taishan, Guangdong province in October 2013.(Reuters)
The Taishan plant, which began commercial operation in December 2018, is owned by China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group and Electricite de France. In picture - Taishan Nuclear Power Plant is seen under construction in Taishan, Guangdong province in October 2013.(Reuters)

5 fuel rods broken in Taishan nuclear power plant, no radiation leak: China

PTI | , Beijing
PUBLISHED ON JUN 16, 2021 01:29 PM IST
Radiation rose inside the No 1 reactor of the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant in Guangdong province but was contained by barriers that functioned as planned, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment said on its social media account.
The ministry said India and China should not make the differences on the boundary dictate overall bilateral ties.(ANI file photo for representation)
The ministry said India and China should not make the differences on the boundary dictate overall bilateral ties.(ANI file photo for representation)

Don’t be suspicious, China tells India on Galwan anniversary

By Sutirtho Patranobis, Beijing
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2021 12:18 AM IST
New Delhi has repeatedly dismissed Beijing’s attempts to blame India for the ongoing border tension in eastern Ladakh, saying China’s People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) troops illegally trespassed across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) last year in May.
In this undated file photo released by the Taiwan Ministry of Defense, a Chinese PLA J-16 fighter jet flies in an undisclosed location.(AP)
In this undated file photo released by the Taiwan Ministry of Defense, a Chinese PLA J-16 fighter jet flies in an undisclosed location.(AP)

Taiwan reports largest incursion yet by Chinese air force

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 15, 2021 08:22 PM IST
  • According to Taiwan’s ministry of defence, the Chinese incursion involved 14 J-16 and six J-11 fighters, as well as four H-6 bombers.
President of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen gives a press conference after an EU - US summit at the European Union headquarters in Brussels on June 15, 2021.(AFP)
President of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen gives a press conference after an EU - US summit at the European Union headquarters in Brussels on June 15, 2021.(AFP)

China a systemic rival, human rights main issue, says EU

Reuters | , Brussels
PUBLISHED ON JUN 15, 2021 06:58 PM IST
"We are strong economic competitors, without any questions, and for that we need tools," the head of the EU's executive told a news conference after talks with US President Joe Biden.
The NATO statement "slandered" China's peaceful development, misjudged the international situation, and indicated a "Cold War mentality," China said in response.(Reuters file photo)
The NATO statement "slandered" China's peaceful development, misjudged the international situation, and indicated a "Cold War mentality," China said in response.(Reuters file photo)

China urges NATO to stop exaggerating 'China threat theory'

Reuters | , Beijing
PUBLISHED ON JUN 15, 2021 03:06 PM IST
NATO leaders on Monday had taken a forceful stance towards Beijing in a communique at United States President Joe Biden's first summit with the alliance.
President Joe Biden speaks at the Greenwood Cultural Center in Tulsa, Okla.(AP)
President Joe Biden speaks at the Greenwood Cultural Center in Tulsa, Okla.(AP)

NATO declares China is a ‘security challenge’

Agencies | , Brussels
PUBLISHED ON JUN 15, 2021 03:05 AM IST
  • While the 30 heads of state and government avoided calling China a rival, they expressed concern about what they said were its “coercive policies”, the opaque ways it is modernising its armed forces and its use of disinformation.
From China's investments in European ports and plans to set up military bases in Africa to joint military exercises with Russia, NATO is now agreed that Beijing's rise deserves a strong response, although envoys said that would be multi-faceted.(AP file photo)
From China's investments in European ports and plans to set up military bases in Africa to joint military exercises with Russia, NATO is now agreed that Beijing's rise deserves a strong response, although envoys said that would be multi-faceted.(AP file photo)

NATO takes tough line on China at first summit with Biden

Reuters | , Brussels
PUBLISHED ON JUN 14, 2021 10:31 PM IST
Joe Biden has urged his fellow NATO leaders to stand up to China's authoritarianism and growing military might, a change of focus for an alliance created to defend Europe from the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
At the G7 summit, US president Joe Biden even asked Beijing to "start acting more responsibly in terms of international norms on human rights". (File Photo)
At the G7 summit, US president Joe Biden even asked Beijing to "start acting more responsibly in terms of international norms on human rights". (File Photo)

'Political manipulation': China slams G7 focus on Xinjiang, Hong Kong

PUBLISHED ON JUN 14, 2021 10:50 AM IST
The G7 nations also called out the repression of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, with US president Joe Biden even asking Beijing to "start acting more responsibly in terms of international norms on human rights".
China's President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (REUTERS)
China's President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (REUTERS)

China takes a dig at G7, says it’s a ‘small group’

Agencies | , London
PUBLISHED ON JUN 14, 2021 02:32 AM IST
  • “The days when global decisions were dictated by a small group of countries are long gone,” a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in London reportedly said.
US President Joe Biden takes part in a press conference on the final day of the G7 summit at Cornwall Airport Newquay, Cornwall.(AFP)
US President Joe Biden takes part in a press conference on the final day of the G7 summit at Cornwall Airport Newquay, Cornwall.(AFP)

‘Not with China per se’: Biden says democracies in contest with autocrats

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 13, 2021 09:06 PM IST
  • The G7 nations have called on China to respect human rights in the Xinjiang region and a higher degree of autonomy in Hong Kong, a former British colony.
G7 leaders and guests during the 2021 summit in Cornwall, England.(AP)
G7 leaders and guests during the 2021 summit in Cornwall, England.(AP)

G7 demands Covid origin study in China, calls on Beijing to respect human rights

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi, Covid
PUBLISHED ON JUN 13, 2021 06:08 PM IST
  • G7 countries repeated the demand earlier made by the United States for the second phase of the investigation into Covid-19 origins, to be convened by the WHO.
Covid-19 travel updates: California to keep emergency order, Chicago lifts curbs(Unsplash)
Covid-19 travel updates: California to keep emergency order, Chicago lifts curbs(Unsplash)

Covid-19 travel updates: California to keep emergency order, Chicago lifts curbs

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2021 05:42 PM IST
From England delaying reopening to Chicago fully reopening, California remaining under a state of emergency, Paris lifting the curfew for the French Open fans and Switzerland planning to reopen its borders for overseas visitors who have received a Covid-19 vaccine, catch all the travel updates here
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives at an official welcome at the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, England.(AP)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives at an official welcome at the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, England.(AP)

Trudeau leads G7 discussion on China challenge, pushes for unified approach

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 13, 2021 04:23 PM IST
  • The issue of China’s economic assertiveness and political belligerence also dominated a brief conversation between Trudeau and Biden on the sidelines of the G7 summit.
State broadcaster CCTV showed footage of buildings with charred walls and shattered windows.(Getty Images)
State broadcaster CCTV showed footage of buildings with charred walls and shattered windows.(Getty Images)

12 killed, 138 injured in gas explosion in China; rescue operation underway

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON JUN 13, 2021 02:51 PM IST
  • Industrial accidents are common in China due to weak safety standards and corruption among officials tasked with enforcing them.
India has raised voiced against China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a part of BRI, which connects China’s Xinjiang province with Gwadar port in Pakistan’s Balochistan province.(Reuters File Photo)
India has raised voiced against China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a part of BRI, which connects China’s Xinjiang province with Gwadar port in Pakistan’s Balochistan province.(Reuters File Photo)

Explained: How G7 counter to China's Belt and Road Initiative will benefit India

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 13, 2021 10:37 AM IST
More than 100 countries have signed agreements with China to cooperate in Belt and Road (BRI) projects like railways, ports, highways and other infrastructure. The G7 proposed Build Back Better World (B3W) initiative.
Around 150 million tuned in to the live stream of one of China’s rising superstars, Luo Tianyi, who is not human.(Youtube screengrab)
Around 150 million tuned in to the live stream of one of China’s rising superstars, Luo Tianyi, who is not human.(Youtube screengrab)

150 million people tune in to watch China's computer-generated pop star perform

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2021 12:34 PM IST
To actually see Luo Tianyi, one of China’s rising superstars, some 150 million tuned in to the New Years’ Day live stream on their TVs and mobile devices. The teen singer is a vocaloid, the first Mandarin-speaking, computer-generated, voice-synthesized pop star.
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