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China's factory output slows as bottlenecks crimp production

  • While China's exporters are enjoying strong demand, global supply chain bottlenecks and rising raw materials costs have weighed on production, cooling the blistering economic recovery from last year's Covid-19 slump.
The Politburo meeting chaired by President Xi Jinping also warned China's economic recovery remained uneven and that its foundation was not yet solid. (Ju Peng/Xinhua via AP, File )(AP)
The Politburo meeting chaired by President Xi Jinping also warned China's economic recovery remained uneven and that its foundation was not yet solid. (Ju Peng/Xinhua via AP, File )(AP)
Published on May 17, 2021 12:26 PM IST
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'Nihao Mars': China's Zhurong rover makes history, touches down on red planet

This makes China the first country to carry out an orbiting, landing, and roving operation during its first mission to Mars -- a feat unmatched by the only other two nations to reach the Red Planet so far, the United States and Russia.
File Photo: Visitors to the National Museum look at the model of the Chinese Mars rover earlier this year in Beijing on Friday, March 12, 2021. China's first Mars rover has been named Zhurong after a traditional fire god, the government announced. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
File Photo: Visitors to the National Museum look at the model of the Chinese Mars rover earlier this year in Beijing on Friday, March 12, 2021. China's first Mars rover has been named Zhurong after a traditional fire god, the government announced. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Published on May 15, 2021 07:25 PM IST
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Doubts emerge over Xi Jinping's chances of securing 3rd term as Chinese Prez

As the Covid-19 ravaged the world, Xi's belligerence deserves considerable blame - with Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Galwan border clash with India, Canada and more.
Chinese President Xi Jinping(Reuters)
Chinese President Xi Jinping(Reuters)
Updated on May 12, 2021 08:01 AM IST
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ANI | , Beijing

China loses workers as its 1.4B people age

  • The population of potential workers aged 15 to 59 fell to 894 million last year, the National Bureau of Statistics reported.
The working-age population will fall from three-quarters of the total in 2011 to just above half by 2050. REUTERS/Aly Song(REUTERS)
The working-age population will fall from three-quarters of the total in 2011 to just above half by 2050. REUTERS/Aly Song(REUTERS)
Published on May 11, 2021 03:17 PM IST
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EU suspension of CAI is a setback to Merkel’s pro-China policies

The suspension of CAI comes at a time when the EU has decided to reopen trade and investment negotiations with India after a long hiatus of eight years, primarily because a high ambition bar was maintained for New Delhi.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel with Chinese president Xi Jinping at China-France global governance forum in Paris, in 2019.(Pic: china-embassy.org)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel with Chinese president Xi Jinping at China-France global governance forum in Paris, in 2019.(Pic: china-embassy.org)
Published on May 09, 2021 03:02 PM IST
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ByShishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Year after Gogra trespass, PLA dragging feet over restoring status quo ante

The normalisation of India-China bilateral relations are hinged on PLA actions on the LAC. Till such time, China is a threat to India and the latter has no qualms in saying so.
New Delhi is no longer squeamish about being a prominent member of QUAD as its agenda is far beyond than challenging China.
New Delhi is no longer squeamish about being a prominent member of QUAD as its agenda is far beyond than challenging China.
Published on May 07, 2021 10:55 AM IST
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New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern takes tougher stance on China

Experts say China's relationships with both Australia and Canada deteriorated rapidly in the last few years, making New Zealand's rosier relationship stick out like a sore thumb.
New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern (R) and China's premier Li Keqiang attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on April 1, 2019. (Jason Lee / REUTERS)
New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern (R) and China's premier Li Keqiang attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on April 1, 2019. (Jason Lee / REUTERS)
Published on May 03, 2021 10:32 AM IST
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Xi vows focus on emission cuts, end energy-inefficient projects

At a climate summit convened by US President Joe Biden last week, Xi reiterated the nation’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2060.
“The carbon neutral and emission-peaking goals are solemn promises China has made to the world,” President Xi Jinping said(REUTERS/FILE)
“The carbon neutral and emission-peaking goals are solemn promises China has made to the world,” President Xi Jinping said(REUTERS/FILE)
Published on May 01, 2021 02:40 PM IST
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'Poisoned mutual trust': China tells Australia after it scraps BRI deal

  • The federal government pulled the deal with Victoria state late Wednesday in a move justified by the defence minister as necessary to prevent Australia hosting a giant infrastructure scheme "used for propaganda".
Australia infuriated China by calling for an independent probe into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, banning controversial telecoms giant Huawei from building Australia's 5G network and tightening foreign investment laws for corporations.(Reuters)
Australia infuriated China by calling for an independent probe into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, banning controversial telecoms giant Huawei from building Australia's 5G network and tightening foreign investment laws for corporations.(Reuters)
Published on Apr 22, 2021 02:39 PM IST
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Xi Jinping to participate in Biden's climate summit

A joint statement released after US climate envoy John Kerry visited Shanghai last week said Washington and Beijing would support implementation of the Paris Agreement and promote a successful United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow this year.
President Xi Jinping delivers a keynote speech via video for the opening ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference, in Beijing. (AP)
President Xi Jinping delivers a keynote speech via video for the opening ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference, in Beijing. (AP)
Published on Apr 21, 2021 10:45 AM IST
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In a swipe at West, Xi warns against ‘bossing, meddling’

Xi criticised efforts by some countries - without naming any - to “build barriers” and “decouple”, which he said would harm others and benefit no one.
Chinese President Xi Jinping also said that his country has no plans to enter an arms race.(Reuters)
Chinese President Xi Jinping also said that his country has no plans to enter an arms race.(Reuters)
Published on Apr 21, 2021 07:43 AM IST
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BySutirtho Patranobis, Beijing

China censors ex-premier's article ahead of Communist Party anniversary

  • China's ruling Communist Party (CCP) has sought to tighten control over how netizens discuss history on the country's heavily controlled internet in the run-up to the 100th anniversary of the party's founding, in July.
The obituary-style article written by Wen Jiabao about his mother, who died recently, appeared in a small weekly newspaperREUTERS/Jason Lee(REUTERS)
The obituary-style article written by Wen Jiabao about his mother, who died recently, appeared in a small weekly newspaperREUTERS/Jason Lee(REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 20, 2021 05:26 PM IST
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China's Xi says US should not 'boss' and 'meddle' in other's internal affairs

  • "What we need in today's world is justice, not hegemony," Xi said addressing the annual Boao Forum for Asia (BFA), a China promoted influential think tank based in Hainan via video link.
Chinese President Xi Jinping(Reuters)
Chinese President Xi Jinping(Reuters)
Updated on Apr 20, 2021 05:37 PM IST
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Djibouti autonomy at risk due to China's investment strategy: Report

China brought Djibouti into its economic orbit through the Belt and Road Initiative but Djibouti now finds itself in a situation of such economic dependence that it "risks threatening its autonomy".
Djibouti, a small African country located in the Horn of Africa, devoid of natural resources, has opened itself to international powers in order to profit from its strategic location at the entrance to the Red Sea.(AFP)
Djibouti, a small African country located in the Horn of Africa, devoid of natural resources, has opened itself to international powers in order to profit from its strategic location at the entrance to the Red Sea.(AFP)
Published on Apr 11, 2021 03:08 PM IST
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ANI | , Djibouti

Xi Jinping's shifting China is compelling investors to run, hide or hire

China’s more aggressive stance, triggered in part by collective action by the U.S. and its allies to sanction Chinese officials, is forcing companies to quickly weigh what they will do to maintain access to 1.4 billion consumers with ever-more spending power.
Over the past few weeks, President Xi Jinping’s government endorsed a boycott against retailers like Hennes & Mauritz AB and slapped sanctions on a range of organizations -- including a group of barristers in the U.K. -- over statements made on alleged forced labor in Xinjiang.(Reuters)
Over the past few weeks, President Xi Jinping’s government endorsed a boycott against retailers like Hennes & Mauritz AB and slapped sanctions on a range of organizations -- including a group of barristers in the U.K. -- over statements made on alleged forced labor in Xinjiang.(Reuters)
Published on Mar 31, 2021 11:33 AM IST
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PM Modi, Xi Jinping on Joe Biden’s 40 leaders’ guest list for climate summit

From Southeast Asia, Joe Biden has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering among others.
US President Joe Biden answers a question during his first press briefing in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on March 25, 2021.(AFP)
US President Joe Biden answers a question during his first press briefing in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on March 25, 2021.(AFP)
Published on Mar 27, 2021 08:11 AM IST
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ANI | , Washington

Biden’s invites to virtual climate summit include Putin, Xi

Biden’s April 22-23 summit is intended to accelerate global efforts to slash greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the use of fossil fuels.
US President Joe Biden waves as he boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland on March 26, 2021. - Biden is travelling to Wilmington, Delaware for the weekend. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP)(AFP)
US President Joe Biden waves as he boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland on March 26, 2021. - Biden is travelling to Wilmington, Delaware for the weekend. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP)(AFP)
Updated on Mar 27, 2021 01:56 AM IST
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US going to hold China accountable to follow rules, says Joe Biden

After becoming the 46th President of the United States on January 20, Biden has spoken with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping over the phone once. The phone call, he said, lasted for two hours.
US President Joe Biden takes questions as he holds his first formal news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (Reuters File Photo )
US President Joe Biden takes questions as he holds his first formal news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (Reuters File Photo )
Published on Mar 26, 2021 08:38 AM IST
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'Willing to work hand in hand': China boosts N Korea, Russia ties after US Talks

In Seoul last week before meeting Chinese officials, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Biden’s approach toward North Korea was still under review and stressed China’s “clear self-interest” in getting its neighbor and Cold War ally back to the table.
Xi reiterated that China is willing to work with North Korea and other related parties to preserve peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. (AP File Photo )
Xi reiterated that China is willing to work with North Korea and other related parties to preserve peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. (AP File Photo )
Published on Mar 23, 2021 06:18 AM IST
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Despite frosty talks, Biden good for US-China ties, says ex-defence secretary

China and US top diplomats clashed publicly in their opening remarks at a meeting in Alaska this week.
Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with then US vice president Joe Biden in Beijing on December 4, 2013. (Reuters file)
Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with then US vice president Joe Biden in Beijing on December 4, 2013. (Reuters file)
Published on Mar 20, 2021 02:39 PM IST
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China seeks Biden-Xi meet next month if Alaska talks go well

The Biden-Xi meeting as envisioned by Chinese officials would be organized around Earth Day on April 22 to show both leaders are focused on combating climate change, one of the people said.
President Joe Biden sits next to a bowl of Irish shamrocks, left, as he speaks during a virtual meeting with Ireland's Prime Minister Micheal Martin on St. Patrick's Day, in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, March 17, 2021, in Washington. (AP)
President Joe Biden sits next to a bowl of Irish shamrocks, left, as he speaks during a virtual meeting with Ireland's Prime Minister Micheal Martin on St. Patrick's Day, in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, March 17, 2021, in Washington. (AP)
Published on Mar 18, 2021 09:39 AM IST
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Xi Jinping's Belt and Road project stalls as China's economy shrinks: Report

Wang Xiaolong, director-general of the Chinese Foreign Ministry's International Economic Affairs Department, said 20 per cent of the BRI projects were seriously affected while other 30-40 per cent witnessed adverse impact.
A man uses his mobile phone to take a picture of a big screen showing China's President Xi Jinping attending the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (AFP)
A man uses his mobile phone to take a picture of a big screen showing China's President Xi Jinping attending the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (AFP)
Published on Mar 14, 2021 02:33 PM IST
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Quad owes its revival to President Xi’s 'fortress China' doctrine

  • The US’ leadership role in the Quad is a sharp contrast to the message from Washington after the 2007 Malabar naval exercises that cautioned against provoking China.
The four-nation grouping, Quad was revived in 2017 after the US and Australia realised that China was not only rising but also turning out to be a tough competitor(Agencies)
The four-nation grouping, Quad was revived in 2017 after the US and Australia realised that China was not only rising but also turning out to be a tough competitor(Agencies)
Updated on Mar 12, 2021 12:48 PM IST
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ByShishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Xi Jinping goes mask-free at NPC, raising questions over vaccination status

  • President Xi Jinping -- appeared without face masks in Beijing Friday, mingling with thousands of delegates from across China at the country’s biggest political gathering of the year.
While officials seated in the rows behind them were all masked, Xi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang moved around the Great Hall of the People, where the National People’s Congress is opened every year, mask-free. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)(AP)
While officials seated in the rows behind them were all masked, Xi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang moved around the Great Hall of the People, where the National People’s Congress is opened every year, mask-free. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)(AP)
Published on Mar 05, 2021 12:18 PM IST
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Beijing refutes allegations of sexual abuse made by Uyghur women: Report

In January, the Chinese Embassy's Twitter account was suspended for a tweet saying Uyghur women were "baby-making machines" before Beijing set up its camp system
Xu Guixiang, a deputy spokesperson for the Xinjiang regional government, drinks from a cup near a slide refuting claims of genocide during a press conference in Beijing, China.(AP Photo)
Xu Guixiang, a deputy spokesperson for the Xinjiang regional government, drinks from a cup near a slide refuting claims of genocide during a press conference in Beijing, China.(AP Photo)
Published on Mar 03, 2021 02:44 PM IST
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ANI | , Beijing

China's ex-finance minister says nation's fiscal situation 'extremely severe'

Lou offered his sharp critique in December but the assessment has only been made public more recently, with just days to go before China's political elites meet for their annual legislative session.
Lou Jiwei, chairman of the National Council for Social Security Fund (NCSSF), speaks at the China Development Forum in Beijing, China in this file photo from 2018. (REUTERS)
Lou Jiwei, chairman of the National Council for Social Security Fund (NCSSF), speaks at the China Development Forum in Beijing, China in this file photo from 2018. (REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 02, 2021 09:15 PM IST
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Xi mobilizes China for tech revolution to cut dependence on west

At an annual session of China’s legislature, top Communist Party leaders will approve a five-year policy blueprint to cut dependence on the West for crucial components like computer chips while also making big bets on emerging technologies from hydrogen vehicles to biotech.
Chinese President Xi Jinping. (AP)
Chinese President Xi Jinping. (AP)
Published on Mar 02, 2021 04:25 PM IST
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China developing tech to address personal information protection 'loopholes'

China's regulators have in recent months forged ahead with a crackdown on the country's technology giants, criticising and punishing them on areas ranging from anti-competitive behaviour to violations of consumer rights.
Icons for ByteDance Ltd.'s Xigua Video app, top left, and the Kuaishou Technology app, top second left, on a smartphone in Hong Kong, China. (Bloomberg)
Icons for ByteDance Ltd.'s Xigua Video app, top left, and the Kuaishou Technology app, top second left, on a smartphone in Hong Kong, China. (Bloomberg)
Published on Mar 01, 2021 11:53 AM IST
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Beijing could be preparing for a full-scale invasion of Taiwan: Report

Gray zone conflicts are activities by a state that are harmful to another state and are sometimes considered to be acts of war, but are not legally acts of war.
Chinese Navy's amphibious transport dock Yimeng Shan takes part in a naval parade off the eastern port city of Qingdao. (REUTERS)
Chinese Navy's amphibious transport dock Yimeng Shan takes part in a naval parade off the eastern port city of Qingdao. (REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 01, 2021 09:04 AM IST
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ANI | , Taipei

China to strengthen global influence campaign amid rising discontent: Report

CPC is expanding its influence campaign from domestic to international audiences, utilizing modern technology and other creative ways, with Taiwan as one of its primary targets.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, and other Chinese leaders look at a display of lunar samples retrieved from the moon by China's Chang'e 5 lunar lander at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (AP)
Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, and other Chinese leaders look at a display of lunar samples retrieved from the moon by China's Chang'e 5 lunar lander at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (AP)
Published on Mar 01, 2021 05:59 AM IST
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