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Zhou Enlai’s Delhi visit was an outcome of Beijing’s policy to defuse tensions and arrest a worsening of its geopolitical environment.(HTPHOTO)

When China wanted to make peace with India

By Zorawar Daulet Singh
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 11:46 PM IST
India spurned overtures from China between 1959 and 1960 to reach an amicable settlement. More importantly, policymakers misread India’s relative position in the changing international environment. This proved costly with India sleepwalking into conflict with a radicalised Mao in 1962.
President Xi Jinping(Getty Images)
President Xi Jinping(Getty Images)

Prez Xi Jinping pushes limits, not just with neighbours but at home too | Analysis

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2020 11:42 PM IST
President Xi Jinping has been laying the groundwork to consolidate his control over China’s politics and the armed forces for years
The scroll was found damaged when police arrested a 49-year-old man in late September on suspicion of handling stolen property.(Associated Press)
The scroll was found damaged when police arrested a 49-year-old man in late September on suspicion of handling stolen property.(Associated Press)

Stolen Mao calligraphy worth millions found cut in half

Hong Kong | By Associated Press | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2020 07:10 PM IST
A calligraphy scroll by former Chinese leader Mao Zedong estimated to be worth millions of dollars was cut in half after it was stolen last month in a high-profile burglary in Hong Kong.
China accused of razing religious sites and shrines in Xinjiang to wipe out Uyghur Muslims(Twitter/aleyna2512)
China accused of razing religious sites and shrines in Xinjiang to wipe out Uyghur Muslims(Twitter/aleyna2512)

China accused of razing religious sites and shrines in Xinjiang to wipe out Uyghur Muslims

Xinjiang [China] | By Asian News International | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2020 01:53 PM IST
From constructing public washroom over demolished mosque to wiping out some of the most important religious sites in Xinjiang, China has once again been accused of erasure of Uyghur Muslims
President Xi Jinping’s offensive diplomacy, initially designed to divert attention from domestic troubles, have soured relations with its three important food suppliers(Reuters)
President Xi Jinping’s offensive diplomacy, initially designed to divert attention from domestic troubles, have soured relations with its three important food suppliers(Reuters)

The curious link behind China’s Ladakh moves and a looming food crisis | Analysis

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2020 03:07 PM IST
Chinese president Xi Jinping’s focus on the crash diet had immediately set off speculation that his government expects its food supply to get worse.
People wearing face masks hold shopping bags as they walk under a giant screen showing a news footage of Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting, at a shopping area in Beijing, China.(REUTERS)
People wearing face masks hold shopping bags as they walk under a giant screen showing a news footage of Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting, at a shopping area in Beijing, China.(REUTERS)

Launching frugality drive, Chinese President Xi calls for ‘sense of crisis’ on food security

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2020 06:52 PM IST
Xi’s renewed call for the “clean plate campaign” comes in the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has battered the Chinese economy into contraction this year, and the worst floods in years impacting rice production areas in China.
A crucial pillar of that support has been Xi’s personification of standing “tall and firm” in the world, an image he’s brandished by strongly asserting claims in the South China Sea(REUTERS)
A crucial pillar of that support has been Xi’s personification of standing “tall and firm” in the world, an image he’s brandished by strongly asserting claims in the South China Sea(REUTERS)

Xi’s own campaign to stay in power pits China against the world

Bloomberg | By Bloomberg| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2020 03:53 PM IST
The biggest question looming over Chinese politics is when Xi, 67, will step aside after breaking with succession practices set up after Mao’s fraught tenure.
President Xi is the only Chinese leader other than Mao Zedong to have his doctrine incorporated into the party constitution while in office(Agencies)
President Xi is the only Chinese leader other than Mao Zedong to have his doctrine incorporated into the party constitution while in office(Agencies)

With Xi Jinping Centre On Diplomatic Thought, Chinese President is the new Mao

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2020 07:20 PM IST
The centre will work on Xi’s diplomatic ideas to give aggressive Middle Kingdom a guide to handle relations with other countries
Ba Yi or August 1 home for army veterans on the outskirts of China’s Yan’an city is a sprawling complex of sunlit rooms, quiet, antiseptic corridors and manicured gardens.(HT Photo (Sutirtho Patranobis))
Ba Yi or August 1 home for army veterans on the outskirts of China’s Yan’an city is a sprawling complex of sunlit rooms, quiet, antiseptic corridors and manicured gardens.(HT Photo (Sutirtho Patranobis))

An old age oasis for veterans of China’s Red Army

Yan’an (Shaanxi) | By Sutirtho Patranobis
PUBLISHED ON DEC 02, 2019 03:37 PM IST
At least half-a-dozen of its inmates were part of the Red Army, the predecessor of the People’s Liberation Army, and fought during the civil war and the anti-Japanese war in the late 1930s and 1940s.
Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China March 3, 2018. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj - RC135BE87C30(REUTERS)
Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China March 3, 2018. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj - RC135BE87C30(REUTERS)

China at 70: A tale of achievements, riddled with paradoxes | Analysis

By Alka Acharya
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2019 07:06 PM IST
China’s transformation is miraculous. Its days of keeping a low profile are gone. But it confronts major challenges
Residents watch a float behind barricade line as Chinese military vehicles and floats in preparation for the parade for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, in Beijing, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. Tuesday’s event marks the anniversary of the Oct. 1, 1949, announcement of the founding of the People’s Republic of China by then-leader Mao Zedong following a civil war.(AP)
Residents watch a float behind barricade line as Chinese military vehicles and floats in preparation for the parade for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, in Beijing, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. Tuesday’s event marks the anniversary of the Oct. 1, 1949, announcement of the founding of the People’s Republic of China by then-leader Mao Zedong following a civil war.(AP)

China’s 70-year parade shows economic and military might

Associated Press | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2019 10:33 AM IST
The event marks the anniversary of the Oct. 1, 1949, announcement of the founding of the People’s Republic of China by then-leader Mao Zedong following a civil war.
Helicopters fly over with displaying the flag of China, right, and the flag of Hong Kong Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Hong Kong while the celebration of the People's Republic's 70th anniversary is taking place in Beijing. Police are warning of the potential for protesters to engage in violence "one step closer to terrorism" during this week's National Day events, an assertion ridiculed by activists as propaganda meant to scare people from taking to the streets.(AP)
Helicopters fly over with displaying the flag of China, right, and the flag of Hong Kong Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Hong Kong while the celebration of the People's Republic's 70th anniversary is taking place in Beijing. Police are warning of the potential for protesters to engage in violence "one step closer to terrorism" during this week's National Day events, an assertion ridiculed by activists as propaganda meant to scare people from taking to the streets.(AP)

China celebrates 70 years as Hong Kong braces for unrest

Hong Kong | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2019 10:32 AM IST
A phalanx of tanks and other military hardware will roll across Tiananmen Square under the gaze of President Xi Jinping, the country’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong.
Earlier this week, the latest slice of “mango diplomacy” was organised at the Pakistani embassy in Beijing where new ambassador Naghmana Hashmi recollected, even if partly, when it all began.(HT image)
Earlier this week, the latest slice of “mango diplomacy” was organised at the Pakistani embassy in Beijing where new ambassador Naghmana Hashmi recollected, even if partly, when it all began.(HT image)

Mango diplomacy: How the first crate of Pakistani mangoes impacted Mao’s China

Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2019 09:59 PM IST
In August 1968, a crate of mangoes was gifted to Mao by Pakistani foreign minister, Mian Arshad Hussain, who was also high commissioner to India earlier, in Beijing.
With the Bharatiya Janata Party’s phenomenal rise in West Bengal, political violence appears to be a part of daily life.(Reuters Photo)
With the Bharatiya Janata Party’s phenomenal rise in West Bengal, political violence appears to be a part of daily life.(Reuters Photo)

Political violence that rocks Bengal manifested itself 50 years ago | Opinion

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Tanmay Chatterjee
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2019 01:45 PM IST
After the state of West Bengal emerged from the pre and post-Independence communal bloodbath, a new seed of violence was sown deep inside its political ethos in the 1960s. As regimes changed and new ideologies surfaced, use of force was either justified or opposed through new and conflicting interpretations.
In the book, the author returns to eight of the most chillingly effective personality cults of the twentieth century including Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, Mao Zedong and Francois Duvalier.(Bloomsbury)
In the book, the author returns to eight of the most chillingly effective personality cults of the twentieth century including Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, Mao Zedong and Francois Duvalier.(Bloomsbury)

Frank Dikotter’s How to Be a Dictator unravels the mind of a dictator

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2019 06:19 PM IST
In the book, the author returns to eight of the most chillingly effective personality cults of the twentieth century including Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, Mao Zedong and Francois Duvalier.
Indian democracy provides “expressive utility” to voters by allowing political preferences to be expressed, and the courts and civil society provide some protection against government overreach. But, it has not delivered enough in making leaders and officials accountable for performance(Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Indian democracy provides “expressive utility” to voters by allowing political preferences to be expressed, and the courts and civil society provide some protection against government overreach. But, it has not delivered enough in making leaders and officials accountable for performance(Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)

Learning governance lessons from China

By Karthik Muralidharan
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2019 08:34 PM IST
While we are rightly proud of our democracy, there is much to introspect and learn from how the Chinese State has created accountable administrative structures that have delivered meaningfully better outcomes for its citizens
Soldiers from the People’s Liberation Army of China preparing for a military parade(REUTERS File)
Soldiers from the People’s Liberation Army of China preparing for a military parade(REUTERS File)

In Mao-style revolution move, 10 mn young Chinese to be sent to villages

Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2019 12:45 PM IST
The report did not say how the volunteers will be chosen or persuaded or whether it will be mandatory for some to head to the villages.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping in a house boat, Wuhan, China, April 28, 2018(PIB)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping in a house boat, Wuhan, China, April 28, 2018(PIB)

Opinion | China’s master plan: A weak Indian regime to emerge from elections

By Brahma Chellaney
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2019 08:02 PM IST
If India is to safeguard its interests and expand its global footprint, its next government would need a more clear-headed and self-assured foreign policy, particularly for addressing the China challenge
Chinese police detained a well-known Marxist student activist at a top university on Wednesday, a witness said, for attempting to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Mao Zedong.(REUTERS)
Chinese police detained a well-known Marxist student activist at a top university on Wednesday, a witness said, for attempting to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Mao Zedong.(REUTERS)

China police detains Marxist student leader for celebrating Mao Zedong’s birthday

Beijing | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2018 12:19 AM IST
A student eyewitness told AFP that Qiu Zhanxuan, the head of Peking University’s Marxist society, was forced into a black car by seven or eight plain-clothes officers near the subway station outside the university’s east gate.
A man walks his dog as he leaves a restaurant flying the Chinese national flag in Beijing, China.(AP Photo)
A man walks his dog as he leaves a restaurant flying the Chinese national flag in Beijing, China.(AP Photo)

China city curbs dog walking during daytime, bans them in parks, shopping centres

Beijing | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2018 01:55 PM IST
Under communist China’s founder Mao Zedong, pet ownership was considered a bourgeois affectation but it has revived over recent decades with Chinese being more affluent but having smaller families.
A paramilitary policeman stands guard before a giant portrait of late Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong at Tiananmen Gate. Mao continues to be deeply revered in China.(REUTERS File)
A paramilitary policeman stands guard before a giant portrait of late Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong at Tiananmen Gate. Mao continues to be deeply revered in China.(REUTERS File)

Impersonator mimics Mao at China tech event, triggers online backlash

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2018 07:02 PM IST
Organisers claim the speech by mimic Xu Guoxiang reflected his personal opinion, apologise for the ‘negative impact’ caused by the incident.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping visit an exhibition at Hubei Provincial museum in Wuhan, China, on April 27.(REUTERS)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping visit an exhibition at Hubei Provincial museum in Wuhan, China, on April 27.(REUTERS)

Wuhan Summit highlights: Narendra Modi invites Xi Jinping to India for informal summit in 2019

Hindustan Times, Wuhan | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2018 01:16 PM IST
Narendra Modi is meeting Xi Jinping in China’s Wuhan city, where the two are expected to discuss matters of global, regional and bilateral importance. Here are the live updates
Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting in Tashkent on the sidelines of SCO Summit.(PTI File Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting in Tashkent on the sidelines of SCO Summit.(PTI File Photo)

At Xi-Modi’s meet in Wuhan, boat ride, museum tour, walk by East lake on the cards

Hindustan Times, Wuhan | By Sutirtho Patranobis, Wuhan
UPDATED ON APR 27, 2018 09:19 AM IST
Several layers of security have been put in place in and around the hotel where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will stay during his visit to Wuhan, China.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi(L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping leave after a group picture during BRICSSummit in Benaulim, in Goa, on October 16, 2016.(Reuters File Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi(L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping leave after a group picture during BRICSSummit in Benaulim, in Goa, on October 16, 2016.(Reuters File Photo)

PM Modi, Xi Jinping could meet at Mao’s iconic villa in historic Wuhan city

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Jayanth Jacob
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2018 08:54 AM IST
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold an informal summit meeting in China’s central city of Wuhan, a meet which may well be a historic one and a defining moment in the history of Sino-Indian ties.
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