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Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz , until 2017 and chairman until 2018, led an aggressive expansion that made China its biggest market outside the United States.(AP)

Xi Jinping asks Starbucks' Schultz to help repair US-China ties

By hindustantimes.com | PTI, Beijing
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 12:22 PM IST
Economists and political analysts say Biden is likely to try to revive cooperation with Beijing over North Korea and other political issues.
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(FILES) This file photo taken on April 18, 2012 shows Howard Schultz, president and chief executive officer of Starbucks, delivering his speech at the Starbucks Partner Family Forum in Beijing. - China's President Xi Jinping asked former Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz to help promote relations between Washington and Beijing, state media reported on January 14, 2021, in a rare missive to a foreign business figure. (Photo by LIU JIN / AFP)(AFP)
(FILES) This file photo taken on April 18, 2012 shows Howard Schultz, president and chief executive officer of Starbucks, delivering his speech at the Starbucks Partner Family Forum in Beijing. - China's President Xi Jinping asked former Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz to help promote relations between Washington and Beijing, state media reported on January 14, 2021, in a rare missive to a foreign business figure. (Photo by LIU JIN / AFP)(AFP)

China's Xi Jinping pens letter to Starbucks chairman to promote trade

AFP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 01:20 PM IST
It was not immediately clear why the letter was published by state media, but it comes as relations between the superpowers have reached a nadir with bitter disputes over trade, tech, security and rights.
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President Xi Jinping, 67, who has become China's most powerful leader after Mao Zedong since he came to power in 2012.(Xinhua via AP)
President Xi Jinping, 67, who has become China's most powerful leader after Mao Zedong since he came to power in 2012.(Xinhua via AP)

Xi says, time, momentum on China's side as world faces unprecedented turbulence

PTI, Beijing
PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2021 01:06 PM IST
Given the evolution of the principal contradiction facing Chinese society as well as the change in the world power structure
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President Xi Jinping, unconcerned about China's isolation, is expected to take steps that raise tensions ahead of the 100th anniversary of the communist party
President Xi Jinping, unconcerned about China's isolation, is expected to take steps that raise tensions ahead of the 100th anniversary of the communist party

Xi Jinping is preparing for a special birthday party. It has repercussions

UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2021 02:26 PM IST
  • The 100th-anniversary celebrations of the Chinese communist party would be projected as a strong counter to the so-called ‘century of humiliation’ that the Chinese empire and the Republic of China faced between 1839 and 1949 at the hands of western powers, Russia and Japan.
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Companies and citizens can sue in Chinese courts for compensation of losses incurred from foreign rulings deemed as unjustified under the new rules.(REUTERS)
Companies and citizens can sue in Chinese courts for compensation of losses incurred from foreign rulings deemed as unjustified under the new rules.(REUTERS)

China issues rules to stop ‘unjustified’ use of foreign laws

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 09, 2021 02:32 PM IST
US President Donald Trump earlier this month banned transactions with Chinese apps like Ant Group Co.’s Alipay and Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s digital wallets, adding to a prior push to force the sale of TikTok by ByteDance.
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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

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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.
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The new rules also officially incorporate references to Xi Jinping’s “Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era”, as the leader’s ideology is officially known - a concept that has already been written into the constitution, reported SCMP.(AFP)
The new rules also officially incorporate references to Xi Jinping’s “Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era”, as the leader’s ideology is officially known - a concept that has already been written into the constitution, reported SCMP.(AFP)

New resolution by Chinese Communist Party to strangle dissent, freedom of expression

By Asian News International | Posted by Srivatsan K C | Beijing
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 11:29 AM IST
Jun Mai, writing for SCMP, stated that the revised rule book said that cadres can make complaints about their superiors but was prohibited from airing them in public and were also banned from expressing opinions that are ‘not consistent’ with the decisions of the central leadership.
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In the first order of the Central Military Commission in 2021 Xi Jinping stressed on strengthening military training in real combat conditions and the ability to win, reported Xinhua(REUTERS)
In the first order of the Central Military Commission in 2021 Xi Jinping stressed on strengthening military training in real combat conditions and the ability to win, reported Xinhua(REUTERS)

Xi Jinping orders Chinese military to scale up combat readiness to ‘act at any second’

By Asian News International | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri | Beijing
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 05:12 PM IST
“People’s Liberation Army (PLA) must be ready to ‘act at any second’ and should remain on ‘full-time combat readiness’,” Xi Jinping stressed while adding, “Frontline frictions must be used to polish troop capabilities and training exercises need to incorporate technology.”
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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.
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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

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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.
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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?

By Pramit Pal Chaudhuri | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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.
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China evacuated its 10 spies caught in Afghanistan last month(Reuters)
China evacuated its 10 spies caught in Afghanistan last month(Reuters)

10 Chinese spies caught in Kabul get a quiet pardon, fly home in chartered aircraft

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 11:12 AM IST
The terms of the arrangement between Kabul and Beijing to secure the release of the 10 Chinese spies is not known.
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Several analysts have opined that the amendments are aimed to strengthen the military leadership under Chinese President Xi Jinping, and providing it with the means to respond to the accelerating confrontations between China and the US, according to South China Morning Post.(REUTERS)
Several analysts have opined that the amendments are aimed to strengthen the military leadership under Chinese President Xi Jinping, and providing it with the means to respond to the accelerating confrontations between China and the US, according to South China Morning Post.(REUTERS)

China amends defence law to strengthen military powers over state council

By Asian News International | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | Beijing, China
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 01:49 PM IST
The amendments were passed by the National People’s Congress on December 26, after two years of deliberation. Three articles were removed, more than 50 were amended, while there were six additions.
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FILE PHOTO: Chinese President Xi Jinping bids farewell to well wishers as he prepares to depart from the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, March 25, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Chinese President Xi Jinping bids farewell to well wishers as he prepares to depart from the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, March 25, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/File Photo(REUTERS)

Chinese economy is recovering. But there are gaps | Analysis

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 01:19 PM IST
The survey appeared to take the sheen off official Chinese statistics pointing to a more subdued picture of economic recovery.
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The first priority of President Xi Jinping’s team in Kathmandu is to ensure that the Nepal Communist Party does not split(Xinhua via AP)
The first priority of President Xi Jinping’s team in Kathmandu is to ensure that the Nepal Communist Party does not split(Xinhua via AP)

China switches into covert mode in Nepal, has team of 3 to continue mission

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 01:14 PM IST
The assignment has been handed to three officials of the Chinese communist party, who were part of the team that quietly travelled by road into Nepal before Guo Yezhou landed at Kathmandu’s international airport on Sunday last.
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A screen displays live Chinese President Xi Jinping, top left, European Council President Charles Michel, top right, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, bottom right, French President Emmanuel Macron, bottom center, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during an EU-China Leaders' meeting video conference at the European Council headquarters in Brussels.(AP)
A screen displays live Chinese President Xi Jinping, top left, European Council President Charles Michel, top right, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, bottom right, French President Emmanuel Macron, bottom center, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during an EU-China Leaders' meeting video conference at the European Council headquarters in Brussels.(AP)

France’s Macron says dialogue between EU and China now stronger

By Reuters | Posted by Shivani Kumar | Paris
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 12:44 AM IST
“The dialogue between Europe and China has strengthened and become more balanced these past few years. It continues,” Macron said in a statement on Twitter.
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Xi Jinping, China's president, top left, Charles Michel, president of the European Council, top right, Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, bottom right, Emmanuel Macron, France’s president, bottom center, and Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission president, on a monitor during a EU-China investment accord virtual meeting in the Europa Building in Brussels, Belgium.(Bloomberg)
Xi Jinping, China's president, top left, Charles Michel, president of the European Council, top right, Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, bottom right, Emmanuel Macron, France’s president, bottom center, and Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission president, on a monitor during a EU-China investment accord virtual meeting in the Europa Building in Brussels, Belgium.(Bloomberg)

EU, China leaders seal long-awaited investment deal

By Associated Press | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Brussels
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 10:11 PM IST
The videoconference launches a ratification process that will take several months as the text of the agreement still needs to be legally reviewed and translated before it is approved by the EU Council.
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A screen displays live Chinese President Xi Jinping, top left, European Council President Charles Michel, top right, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, bottom right, French President Emmanuel Macron, bottom centre, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during an EU-China Leaders' meeting video conference(AP)
A screen displays live Chinese President Xi Jinping, top left, European Council President Charles Michel, top right, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, bottom right, French President Emmanuel Macron, bottom centre, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during an EU-China Leaders' meeting video conference(AP)

EU sets aside China’s rights record, seals pact with Prez Xi that may upset US

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 10:10 PM IST
EU’s big win, as its leaders have projected the agreement with President Xi Jinping, deals a huge blow to the US President-elect Joe Biden’s hopes of rebuilding the transatlantic alliance in an effort to take on an assertive China.
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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 September 30, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo
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 September 30, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo

Chinese team in Nepal makes a peace offering to PM Oli. He doesn’t bite

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 12:34 PM IST
China wants the PM Oli-led government to rescind the presidential order dissolving parliament and has offered to use its influence with the rival faction led by Prachanda and Madhav Nepal to get them to back off
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The farmers’ protest may be geographically limited, but the ripples it has caused are international.(ANI)
The farmers’ protest may be geographically limited, but the ripples it has caused are international.(ANI)

The year is almost over, but scars will remain

By Shashi Shekhar
PUBLISHED ON DEC 27, 2020 06:13 PM IST
The year 2020 will be known as a year of bias, discontent, isolation and apprehensions. These can be brushed away by blaming the pandemic, but the virus merely amplified existing tendencies.
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PM Oli had stunned his detractors within the party and China’s communist party when he dissolved Parliament amid a prolonged tussle for power between him and former prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ within the ruling dispensation.(cmprachanda.com)
PM Oli had stunned his detractors within the party and China’s communist party when he dissolved Parliament amid a prolonged tussle for power between him and former prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ within the ruling dispensation.(cmprachanda.com)

Prez Xi sending team to stop the Nepal party split. It’s a last-ditch effort

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 02:29 PM IST
Ambassador Hou has already scheduled their meetings with prominent players in Nepal’s ruling party from both sides.
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India China border: Xi Jinping’s People’s Liberation Army wants Indian soldiers to steps back to Finger 1 while the PLA moves to Finger 8 but the move has been rejected by Indian military commanders.(AFP)
India China border: Xi Jinping’s People’s Liberation Army wants Indian soldiers to steps back to Finger 1 while the PLA moves to Finger 8 but the move has been rejected by Indian military commanders.(AFP)

China’s offer for disengagement in East Ladakh is a trap. Rejected

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 01:30 PM IST
Chinese proposal would have amounted to ceding control over territory patrolled by Indian Army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police before Chinese troops started transgressions across the Indian perception of the LAC
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a virtual summit with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc.(PTI photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a virtual summit with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc.(PTI photo)

News updates from Hindustan Times at 9am: PM Modi to hold virtual summit with Vietnamese counterpart, and all the latest news

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 08:57 AM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion at 9am. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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Chinese president Xi Jinping with promoted officers.(@knmccauley1/Twitter)
Chinese president Xi Jinping with promoted officers.(@knmccauley1/Twitter)

Ladakh standoff: Chinese president Xi Jinping appoints new general for PLA’s Western Theatre Command

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 10:37 PM IST
Xi has promoted four senior Chinese military and armed police officers. Among them was Gen. Zhang, Commander of the Western Theatre Command of the PLA.
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China's President Xi Jinping arrives for an event marking the 70th anniversary of the Chinese People's Volunteer Army's participation in the Korean War at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing(REUTERS)
China's President Xi Jinping arrives for an event marking the 70th anniversary of the Chinese People's Volunteer Army's participation in the Korean War at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing(REUTERS)

China puts the pedal to the metal on vaccine diplomacy. There are concerns | Analysis

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 07:31 PM IST
China has been shipping consignments of its Covid vaccines despite the absence of Phase III safety and efficacy data.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping(Reuters/ File photo)
Chinese President Xi Jinping(Reuters/ File photo)

Chinese President Xi Jinping announces more commitments to back global climate actions

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Mallika Soni | Beijing
PUBLISHED ON DEC 13, 2020 12:23 PM IST
Addressing the Climate Ambition Summit via a video link on Saturday, Xi said that China has made important contributions to adopting the landmark Paris agreement and active efforts in its implementation.
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo(Reuters/ File photo)
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo(Reuters/ File photo)

Xi Jinping wants to make China the number one power abroad: Mike Pompeo

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Mallika Soni | Washington
PUBLISHED ON DEC 10, 2020 12:56 PM IST
Pompeo made the comments on Wednesday during his virtual address to the Georgia Institute of Technology in a special speech.
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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

By Sutirtho Patranobis | Hindustan Times, Beijing
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.
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In this May 27 photo, members of a Chinese surveying team head for the summit of Mount Everest, also known locally as Mt. Qomolangma.(AP file)
In this May 27 photo, members of a Chinese surveying team head for the summit of Mount Everest, also known locally as Mt. Qomolangma.(AP file)

It’s 8,848.86 metres: China, Nepal jointly announce new height for Mount Everest

By Sutirtho Patranobis , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, Beijing
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 03:59 PM IST
Nepal until now had recognised the height of the mountain as 8,848 metres as measured by the Survey of India in 1954.
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While the names or positions of any of the potential targets weren’t immediately known, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo was expected to sign off on a list that included high-ranking officials.(AP)
While the names or positions of any of the potential targets weren’t immediately known, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo was expected to sign off on a list that included high-ranking officials.(AP)

US set to sanction more China officials over Hong Kong

By Bloomberg | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON DEC 07, 2020 12:00 PM IST
The move comes as President Donald Trump continues to pile pressure on China’s Xi Jinping and the ruling Communist Party in his final weeks in office.
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