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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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ANI | , Kabul

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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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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ANI | , Beijing

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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ANI | , Taipei

China conducts drill in South China sea, US steps up vigil: Report

The Chinese military's Southern Theatre Command conducted a live-fire drill to test its response to repeated missile attacks in a "far sea", state broadcaster CCTV reported on Saturday without saying when or where the exercise took place.
The drill involved the guided-missile destroyer Yinchuan, guided-missile frigate Hengyang, the amphibious dock landing ship Wuzhishan, and the support ship Chagan Hu. In this photo, guided-missile frigate Hengyang (Hull 568) attached to a destroyer flotilla with the navy under the PLA Southern Theater Command fires chaff rounds from the decoy launching system to deploy electromagnetic smoke during a maritime live-fire training exercise in waters of the South China Sea. (China Military/Li Wei/eng.chinamil.com.cn)
The drill involved the guided-missile destroyer Yinchuan, guided-missile frigate Hengyang, the amphibious dock landing ship Wuzhishan, and the support ship Chagan Hu. In this photo, guided-missile frigate Hengyang (Hull 568) attached to a destroyer flotilla with the navy under the PLA Southern Theater Command fires chaff rounds from the decoy launching system to deploy electromagnetic smoke during a maritime live-fire training exercise in waters of the South China Sea. (China Military/Li Wei/eng.chinamil.com.cn)
Published on Feb 28, 2021 01:19 PM IST
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ANI | , Beijing

China’s to adopt clean energy; cut usage of coal in energy mix to 52% by 2025

Coal use accounted for 56.8% of the country’s total energy consumption last year, down 0.9 of a percentage point from 2019, according to figures released Sunday by the National Bureau of Statistics.
China may provide more details of its roadmap to carbon neutrality in its five-year policy blueprint set to be unveiled at legislative meetings that start next week.(REUTERS)
China may provide more details of its roadmap to carbon neutrality in its five-year policy blueprint set to be unveiled at legislative meetings that start next week.(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 28, 2021 12:56 PM IST
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China celebrates official end of extreme poverty, lauds Xi

The propaganda apparatus has been linking national successes to Xi, including fighting the coronavirus, China’s rise as a technology creator and December’s successful lunar mission to bring back moon rocks.
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, attendees applaud during a ceremony to mark the official end of extreme poverty in China held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing,(AP)
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, attendees applaud during a ceremony to mark the official end of extreme poverty in China held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing,(AP)
Published on Feb 25, 2021 07:16 PM IST
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Xi Jinping trumpets 'victory' in 1.6 trillion yuan campaign to end rural poverty

  • China defines extreme rural poverty as annual per capita income of less than 4,000 yuan ($620), or about $1.69 a day at current exchange rates.
Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a New Year's address in Beijing.(AP)
Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a New Year's address in Beijing.(AP)
Published on Feb 25, 2021 12:25 PM IST
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Chinese infra push across Sikkim, Arunachal border raises a red flag in Delhi

  • China has been carrying out rapid military-infra upgrade across the Upper Subansiri district in Arunachal Pradesh including at least three new bridges, troop sheds and a new 66-kilometre road.
A Chinese soldier gestures next to an Indian soldier at the Nathu La border crossing between India and China in India's northeastern Sikkim state(AFP/File Photo)
A Chinese soldier gestures next to an Indian soldier at the Nathu La border crossing between India and China in India's northeastern Sikkim state(AFP/File Photo)
Updated on Feb 25, 2021 07:20 PM IST
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Xi Jinping puts personal stamp on China’s fight against poverty

Xi handed out awards to individuals involved in the campaign Thursday and was expected to give a speech touting China’s progress in its fight to end poverty.
The People’s Daily, the party’s official mouthpiece, ran a three-page, 22,000-character article Wednesday summarizing the poverty-alleviation orders Xi has issued since taking power.(REUTERS)
The People’s Daily, the party’s official mouthpiece, ran a three-page, 22,000-character article Wednesday summarizing the poverty-alleviation orders Xi has issued since taking power.(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 25, 2021 10:51 AM IST
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Pak caught in China's debt-trap diplomacy, seeks relief from 'iron ally': Report

Pakistani officials are also reportedly asking their Chinese counterparts to decelerate agreed plans to build even more power plants that would add to the overcapacity problem.
The Pakistani government has recently re-approached Chinese officials on the issue but no information has leaked out in the public domain on their exchanges. (Reuters/HT Archive)
The Pakistani government has recently re-approached Chinese officials on the issue but no information has leaked out in the public domain on their exchanges. (Reuters/HT Archive)
Updated on Feb 25, 2021 08:41 AM IST
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ANI | , Islamabad

Indian officials explain why buzz around Prez Xi’s India visit is misplaced

  • Indian officials underscore that it is too early to be discussing dates for the summit of the five-member Brics grouping given the Covid-19 pandemic situation.
The buzz around President Xi's possible visit to India was set off by a positive comment by Beijing on its relations with India(Reuters)
The buzz around President Xi's possible visit to India was set off by a positive comment by Beijing on its relations with India(Reuters)
Updated on Feb 23, 2021 03:41 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Chinese Official Signals Changes to Hong Kong Election Rules

Speaking to the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macau Studies, Xia said that to improve Hong Kong’s electoral system, “relevant legal loopholes within the framework of the Constitution and the Basic Law” need to be closed
FILE PHOTO: Empty seats of pro-democracy lawmakers are seen during Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam's annual policy address at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, China November 25, 2020. REUTERS/Lam Yik/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Empty seats of pro-democracy lawmakers are seen during Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam's annual policy address at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, China November 25, 2020. REUTERS/Lam Yik/File Photo(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 23, 2021 07:39 AM IST
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China to increase recycling of renewable resources

The State Council, China's cabinet, urged local governments and related authorities to improve recycling system of waste and used home appliances and to establish a recycling system to increase utilisation and output rates of renewable resources such as scrap metals and plastics.
Chinese President Xi Jinping(AP)
Chinese President Xi Jinping(AP)
Published on Feb 22, 2021 04:34 PM IST
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Chinese Official signals overhaul of Hong Kong’s election system

Beijing needed to reform the city’s electoral system “to ensure that Hong Kong’s governance is firmly controlled by patriots,” Xia Baolong, director of China’s cabinet-level Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, said in a speech Monday.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said Hong Kong should be governed by “patriots” in order to ensure the city’s stability following unprecedented unrest in 2019.(AP)
Chinese President Xi Jinping said Hong Kong should be governed by “patriots” in order to ensure the city’s stability following unprecedented unrest in 2019.(AP)
Published on Feb 22, 2021 04:05 PM IST
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Biden says China will face repercussions on human rights issues

The United States will reassert its global role in speaking up for human rights, Biden said, adding that he would work with the international community to get China to protect them.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has drawn global criticism for holding the minority Uighurs in internment camps and other human rights abuses.(REUTERS)
Chinese President Xi Jinping has drawn global criticism for holding the minority Uighurs in internment camps and other human rights abuses.(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 17, 2021 09:48 AM IST
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Reuters | , Milwaukee

Joe Biden's call to Xi Jinping has a ripple effect: Shares across the world gain

In their phone conversation, Biden and Xi appeared to have struck a conciliatory tone, Jeffrey Halley of Oanda said in a commentary.
US President Joe Biden speaks as he makes a statement at the South Court Auditorium at Eisenhower Executive Building February 10, 2021 in Washington, DC. (AFP)
US President Joe Biden speaks as he makes a statement at the South Court Auditorium at Eisenhower Executive Building February 10, 2021 in Washington, DC. (AFP)
Updated on Feb 11, 2021 04:29 PM IST
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Xi Jinping was testing Biden admin. The answer is 2 American aircraft carriers

  • It is more, a China watcher in New Delhi suggested, underlining that the US used deployment of its strike groups as a show of force to deter adversaries.
The coordinated operations, combining ships and planes of the two strike groups Theodore Roosevelt and Nimitz, were carried out in a highly-trafficked area to demonstrate the US Navy's ability to operate in challenging environments, the US Pacific Fleet said in a statement on Tuesday on the exercises that angered China.(US Department of Defense)
The coordinated operations, combining ships and planes of the two strike groups Theodore Roosevelt and Nimitz, were carried out in a highly-trafficked area to demonstrate the US Navy's ability to operate in challenging environments, the US Pacific Fleet said in a statement on Tuesday on the exercises that angered China.(US Department of Defense)
Updated on Feb 10, 2021 09:23 AM IST
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