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    Indian and Chinese troops had "minor face-off" at Naku La in Sikkim, issue resolved: Indian Army

    People familiar with the developments along the Line of Actual Control(LAC) in North Sikkim said the Chinese troops attempted to transgress into the Indian side of the frontier but were stopped by the Indian military personnel. They also said a brawl had broken out between the troops of the two armies.

    View: China’s billionaires are not as rich as they look

    Looking at Chinese billionaires’ paper wealth can be misleading, because the bulk of their riches comes from their stock holdings.

    India and China hold 16-hours long talks on border dispute

    The ninth Corps Commander level talks between both the countries took place at the Moldo Meeting point almost two months of last dialogue.It started at 10.30 am on Sunday and ended at 2.30 a.m. on Monday.

    ‘The whole city was dark’: China rations electricity for millions

    Many residents have responded to the restrictions with anxiety and confusion, worrying about being left in the cold or suffering hits to their businesses. Chinese officials have sought to remind citizens of the country’s ambitious environmental goals while reassuring them that there is plenty of energy to keep people warm and the economy humming.

    Ladakh standoff: Indian and Chinese armies hold over 11-hour-long military talks

    The Corps Commander-level meeting began at around 10 AM at the Moldo border point on the Chinese side of the LAC in eastern Ladakh and was continuing till after 9 PM, sources said.

    China doubles new renewable capacity in 2020, but continues to builds thermal plants

    China, the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter, added 71.67 gigawatts (GW) of wind power capacity last year, the most ever and nearly triple 2019's levels, according to data released by the National Energy Administration (NEA) late Wednesday.

    Pak internal report alleges China may have made huge profits from CPEC at cost of locals

    The reality investments in the CPEC has been revealed in a 278-page report, which lists malpractices to the tune of $625 million in the independent power generating sector.

    China says WHO team to probe COVID-19 origins will arrive January 14

    Lack of authorisation from Beijing had delayed the arrival of the 10-strong team on a long-awaited mission to investigate early infections, in what China's foreign ministry called a "misunderstanding."

    China builds world's largest seed bank to boost food security

    China's top policymakers said last month that the country's seed sector is vital to guaranteeing the country's food supply, a long-standing priority that has received renewed attention since the COVID-19 pandemic.

    In a pandemic-hit world full with restrictions, censor-famous China offers a new kind of freedom

    China resembles what “normal” was like in the pre-pandemic world. Restaurants are packed. Hotels are full. Long lines form outside luxury brands stores. Instead of Zoom calls, people are meeting face to face to talk business or celebrate the new year.

    Aligning the stars: China’s EU deal can be a template for India’s talks with the European regulator

    For India, the lesson is clear that besides using the EU-Chinese template to its advantage in negotiations with Brussels, it must move fast with the US and the UK.

    Xi Jinping is making concessions and deals to make China indispensable and box out Biden

    The image of Xi joining Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, President Emmanuel Macron of France and other European leaders in a conference call Wednesday to seal the deal with the European Union also amounted to a stinging rebuke of the Trump administration’s efforts to isolate China’s Communist Party state.

    China is making it harder to solve the mystery of how Covid began

    China has effectively snuffed out Covid-19, thanks to stringent border curbs, mass testing and a surveillance network that allows infected people and their contacts to be tracked via mobile phone data.

    Dealing with the dragon: How India has fared so far against China and the challenge ahead

    With clear signs of Sino-Pakistani collusion on the eastern and western fronts, India has little choice but to take the challenge head on... However, India will have to prepare keeping the lessons of 2020 in mind

    China strategically captured entire supply chain of America, says US-based advocacy group

    Lucas Kunce, the national security director at the American Economic Liberties Project told The Hill that the business people who testified during recent congressional hearings on tariffs revealed that the US cannot produce essential products including certain weapons systems and US dollars "without some components or resources coming from China."

    China seeks additional guarantees before sanctioning $6 billion loan for rail project in Pakistan

    China has also proposed a mix of commercial and concessional loans to fund the rail project, going against Islamabad's wishes of 'cheapest lending'.

    ITBP personnel, civilians push back Chinese soldiers in civilian clothes at Chanthang in Ladakh

    The Chinese soldiers, who were in civilian clothes, were apparently objecting to the local nomads allowing their cattle to graze in the area. But they were forced to go back after strong protests from the local residents, who also informed ITBP personnel in the area, a few days ago.

    Chinese spacecraft set for Mars landing in May: State media

    In 2003, China became the third country to put a man in space with its own rocket after the former Soviet Union and the United States. China has made space exploration a top priority in recent years as it tries to become a major space power by 2030.

    ADB raises its India FY21 GDP growth forecast to -8% from -9% earlier

    “The GDP forecast for FY2020 (2020-2021) is upgraded from 9.0% contraction to 8.0%, with GDP in H2 probably restored to its size a year earlier,” the multilateral lender said in its Asian Development Outlook Supplement (ADOS) for December, released on Thursday.

    China says it's working with India for further de-escalation of border standoff in Ladakh

    The Chinese and Indian armies held the 8th round of Corps Commander-level meeting on November 6 to resolve the border standoff that erupted in early May.

    US designates Pakistan, China as countries of particular concern for violation of religious freedom

    Pakistan and China along with Myanmar, Eritrea, Iran, Nigeria, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan were placed in the list for engaging in or tolerating "systematic, ongoing, egregious violations of religious freedom", Pompeo said in a statement on Monday.

    Side by side with the Himalayan standoff, another front opens in India-China feud

    The increased activity along Myanmar border has sparked concern in New Delhi that India’s military is becoming stretched as tensions remain with China and Pakistan on other parts. Officials said India moved several battalions consisting of about 1,000 troops each into the Myanmar border area after a soldier was killed in an ambush on Oct. 21.

    China says will make 'necessary' response to United States arms sales to Taiwan

    The United States should immediately halt all weapons sales to Taiwan, ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a daily news briefing in Beijing, after a source said the White House was moving forward with three sales of advanced weaponry to Taiwan.

    China turns on nuclear-powered 'artificial sun'

    The HL-2M Tokamak reactor is China's largest and most advanced nuclear fusion experimental research device, and scientists hope that the device can potentially unlock a powerful clean energy source.

    India extends anti-dumping duty on steel products from China, US

    India has extended anti-dumping duty on imports of cold-rolled flat products of stainless steel of width 600-1250 mm and above 1250 mm of non-bonafide usage, from China, Korea, European Union, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand and the US, till January 31, 2021.

    China testing blunders stemmed from secret deals with firms

    The flawed testing system — at a time when the virus could have been slowed — stopped scientists and officials from seeing how fast it was spreading.

    China spacecraft lands on moon to bring rocks back to Earth

    The lander was launched Nov. 24 from the tropical southern island of Hainan. It is the latest venture by a Chinese space program that sent its first astronaut into orbit in 2003, has a spacecraft en route to Mars and aims eventually to land a human on the moon.

    All SCO member nations barring India reaffirm support to China's OBOR project

    India has been severely critical of the mega project as the $50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is part of the OBOR, passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

    China's factory activity shakes off virus hit, expands at fastest pace in over three years

    Upbeat data released on Monday suggests the world's second-largest economy is on track to become the first to completely shake off the drag from widespread industry shutdowns, with recent production data showing manufacturing now at pre-pandemic levels.

    China grants Tesla green light to start selling Shanghai-made Model Y SUV in the country

    The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology published the approval on its website on Monday. The U.S. electric vehicle maker is expanding its car factory in Shanghai, where it is making Model 3 electric sedans.

    China's first Hualong One nuclear reactor starts operations

    The design, seen as competition to the Westinghouse-developed AP1000 and Europe's EPR, is deployed in the 1,150-megawatt Fuqing Unit 5 in the southeastern province of Fujian.

    China, India in candid, in-depth communication to disengage troops in Ladakh: Chinese military

    "Since the 8th round of China-India Corps Commander-level meeting, the situation in the China-India border areas have remained stable on the whole" Senior Colonel Ren Guoqiang, spokesperson for China's Ministry of National Defence told an online media briefing responding to a question on the current situation at the India-China border.

    India risks losing to a China-backed trade bloc defeating very reason it exited last year

    Modi pulled out of what’s now the world’s largest free-trade agreement to appease farmers and touted the exit as a victory for India’s poor, but things have gone downhill for the economy since the coronavirus outbreak.

    Digital strike: China opposes Indian bans of its mobile applications

    China resolutely opposes India's measures to ban more Chinese mobile applications over national security concerns, its embassy in the South Asian nation said on Wednesday. India banned 43 of the apps on Tuesday, including Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's e-commerce app Aliexpress, in a new wave of web sanctions targeting China after the neighbours' months-long standoff on their Himalayan border.Digital strike: China opposes Indian bans of its mobile applications

    China opposes Indian bans of its mobile apps

    India banned 43 of the apps on Tuesday, including Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's e-commerce app Aliexpress, in a new wave of web sanctions targeting China after the neighbours' months-long standoff on their Himalayan border.

    China's surveillance state sucks up data; US tech is key to sorting it

    At the end of a desolate road rimmed by prisons, deep within a complex bristling with cameras, U.S. technology is powering one of the most invasive parts of China’s surveillance state.

    China will have to play by rules; US to rejoin WHO, says President-elect Biden

    Biden was responding to a question on Thursday about his remarks during the presidential debates that he wanted to punish China over the way Beijing has been behaving. He was asked if that could include economic sanctions or tariffs on China, the world's second largest economy.

    China perceives rising India as 'rival'; wants to constraint its partnership with US, allies: Report

    Coming ahead of the transition of power from Trump's administration to President-elect Joe Biden's administration after the Nov 3 US presidential election, the detailed policy document highlights that China is undermining the security, autonomy and economic interests of many nations in the region.

    Chinese Covid vaccine candidate appears safe, induces immune response: Study

    The researchers, including those from the Jiangsu Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention in China, also found the optimum dose to generate the highest antibody responses, while taking account of side effects and production capacity.

    No agreements that are FTAs by stealth with China, to focus on EU, US: India on RCEP

    India had pulled out of the pact last year after negotiating it for seven years citing its concerns on trade deficit, circumvention of rules of origin and base rate of customs duty, remaining unaddressed.

    China looms large in reports submitted by all eight groups of ministers

    The GoM on manufacturing has even suggested formulating a model ‘Time-Bound Clearances Act’ for permissions to set up investment projects in a state, besides speedier land acquisition, titling and registration processes for businesses looking to relocate from China.

    Escalation in India-China tension would further trigger regional instability: Russia

    At an online media briefing, Russian Deputy Chief of Mission Roman Babushkin said Russia is "naturally concerned" over the tensions between the two Asian powers, noting that it was "very important" for both the countries to engage more in "constructive dialogue".

    India, China on verge of reaching agreement to resolve border standoff in eastern Ladakh

    The broad contours of the proposal include removal of armoured personnel carriers within one day of inking an agreement, withdrawal of troops from specific areas on the north and south banks of the Pangong lake in eastern Ladakh and carrying out verification of the disengagement process by both the sides, they said.

    China's tech industry relieved after Biden is declared President-elect, but not relaxed

    Trump's four-year term has already taught the industry the importance of self-reliance, and China's intentions to improve its domestic tech capabilities will not change, they said.

    Australia says industry reports on China trade "deeply troubling"

    Australian media have reported that Chinese importers had been informally warned by Chinese customs officials that Australian wine, copper ore, barley, coal, sugar, timber and lobster will be targeted for increased inspections from Nov. 6.

    China's exports seen maintaining momentum; import growth cools: Poll

    The forecasts could suggest the recovery in the world's second-largest economy from the initial impact of the coronavirus pandemic remains intact. China's economy is expected to expand around 2% this year.

    View: India needs a sophisticated and supple approach to defend the Himalayas

    Automated weapons, drones, Rafale jets, and long range nuclear tipped missiles are of no immediate use when the diehard adversary slithers upon Indian troops in the middle of night in deep barren valleys and on sheer mountain slopes, with medieval hand-to-hand weapons and with no orders to retreat.

    China says it has 'noted' Pak move to accord 'provisional provincial status' to Gilgit-Baltistan in PoK

    Asked for his reaction to Pakistan's decision on Gilgit-Baltistan and India's reaction to it at a media briefing here, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said, "we have noted relevant reports".

    China says report that it seized territory from Nepal is unfounded

    A Daily Telegraph report on Tuesday quoted Nepalese politicians as saying China has annexed more than 150 hectares from the tiny Himalayan nation bordering Tibet.

    Prospective Russia-China military alliance can impact Delhi-Moscow ties: Top Russian expert

    Signing formal military alliance with China would be impractical for Russia, it will tie Russia’s hands and force other traditional partners of Russia, India in particular, to cooperate closer with the US, according to Carnegie Moscow Center director Dmitry Trenin.

    China says will take necessary measures on United States arms sales to Taiwan

    China urges the United States to stop the arms sales to prevent further damage to China-U.S. relations, foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a regular news conference in Beijing on Tuesday.

    China imposes sanctions on top US defence firms for supplying arms to Taiwan

    China's retaliation followed after the US State Department approved the sale of 135 Standoff Land Attack Missile Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) missiles and related equipment estimated to be worth over USD one billion.

    Backed by bloc, Italy, Sweden pushback against China gaining a foothold in Europe

    A few weeks ago, Italy agreed to support its European Union allies as the bloc toughened its stance on China. On that occasion Amendola said in a television interview that EU states have for too long failed “to make reciprocity a priority” with China.

    Not just India and US, China's behaviour is becoming a problem for its friends, too

    Countries like Russia, Iran and Kazakhstan need to get the investment, trade and in some cases diplomatic support they want from Beijing, while preserving some economic independence and pursuing foreign policy goals that at times conflict. The need to maintain this delicate balance is giving these countries sleepless nights.

    Ladakh standoff: India and China hold 7th round of high-level military talks

    As the border standoff entered the sixth month, an early resolution to the row appears dim. The talks at the Corps commander level began at around 12 noon in Chushul on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, official sources said.

    De-escalate fully in Eastern Ladakh, India to tell China in military commanders meet

    ET has learnt that this plan, which is in line with what India put forward at the last meeting on September 22, also defines India’s position at the talks. “This is like a red line for us. We cannot shift much from this because China has gone back on commitments made in the past,” said a source familiar with the details.

    China’s insistence that Taiwan is not a country starts backfiring

    Military tensions have risen in recent months, with Chinese fighter jets moving ever closer to Taiwan as the Communist Party ramps up rhetoric, warning Tsai against moves that push it further away from China. It has been particularly angered by the Trump administration, which has stepped up weapons sales to Tsai’s government.

    China tells Indian media not to call Taiwan a country, Taiwan says 'get lost'

    China's hackles were raised on Wednesday by advertisements placed in leading Indian newspapers by Taiwan's government to mark the democratic, Chinese-claimed island's national day on Saturday.

    China gets nod to join FTSE Russell's trillion-dollar WGBI club

    The CGBs will be included in the index from October 2021, pending an affirmation on March 2021. The addition will be phased into the index over a period of 12 months.

    Attempt to overrun troops will be met with fire: India to China

    The Army has given clear instructions to troops at forward posts on the border that if they face hostile action like an attempt to overrun posts or a mass attack by PLA soldiers yielding batons, spears or other improvised weapons, they can shoot them.

    China's economy faces uphill task in its journey towards attaining high income status

    China remains cautiously optimistic about its economic growth prospects despite the global pandemic, claiming that the world’s second-largest economy is steadily recovering from a virus-induced slump.

    Secret Tibetan military force raises the stakes in India-China clash

    While India and China’s foreign ministers agreed on the need for restraint during a meeting in Moscow last week, tensions along the border remain higher than at any point since hostilities resumed. Both sides continue to ramp up forces in the disputed area, which is key to controlling vital Himalayan mountain passes.

    'China-based Zhenhua Data tracked over 10,000 Indians': All you need to know

    A media report on Monday claimed that a Shenzhen-based technology firm with links to the Chinese government is monitoring over 10,000 Indian individuals and organisations in its global database of "foreign targets". The range of targets in India identified and monitored in real time by Zhenhua Data was "sweeping" and included President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress' interim president Sonia Gandhi, and their families, as well as several chief ministers, among others, the report said. ETPrime.com's Sandhya Sharma has more. (Text: PTI)'China-based Zhenhua Data tracked over 10,000 Indians': All you need to know

    Top Chinese analyst backs India, says 'China's aggressive moves into India unexpectedly flopped'

    Top Chinese analyst Gordon G. Chang backs India. In an opinion piece titled 'The Chinese Army Flops in India. What Will Xi Do Next?', Mr. Chang says that Xi Jinping, the 'architect' of aggressive moves into India & his PLA unexpectedly flopped'.Top Chinese analyst backs India, says 'China's aggressive moves into India unexpectedly flopped'

    Shenzhen panopticon: The who's who of India were sitting ducks for a China tech company, reveals report

    Apart from President Ram Nath Kovind and PM Narendra Modi, the Indian targets in the list include almost all other key Union ministers and chief ministers, the current and former chiefs of the armed forces, the chief justice and the CAG. Moreover, noted industry behemoths such as Tata and Adani are also being tracked.

    Uneasy calm on Ladakh front as India and China prepare for military talks

    An uneasy calm prevails in eastern Ladakh as the two sides have beefed up troops at two key border positions along the banks of the Pangong lake but the Army has not been taking any chances, with surveillance at an all-time high.

    S Jaishankar-Wang Yi meet on India-China standoff: Here's what transpired between the two Foreign Ministers

    India and China have agreed on a five-point plan to resolve the prolonged border face-off in eastern Ladakh. The plan was decided during a marathon meeting between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow. TOI’s Indrani Bagchi takes us through what transpired in the meeting and the way forward. WatchS Jaishankar-Wang Yi meet on India-China standoff: Here's what transpired between the two Foreign Ministers

    China to revert shortly on military commanders meet on Pangong Tso disengagement

    Sources familiar with the Foreign Minister level dialogue in Moscow told ET that China will revert in few days on military talks for disengagement at friction points in Pangong Tso in Ladakh. This issue was prominently discussed at the talks held in the Russian capital.

    India, China agree on 5-point plan for resolving border standoff in eastern Ladakh

    The Indian Army and the Chinese People's Liberation Army(PLA) have been locked in a tense standoff in multiple areas along the Line of Actual Control(LAC) in eastern Ladakh since early May.

    Stung by borders reverses and military setbacks, China accuses India of playing the Tibet card

    Global Times, which is aligned with the ruling Communist Party, reported, "While for India, colluding with the exiled Tibetan and playing the Tibet card is only shooting its own foot, as China's economic power and military strength are much greater than India's," an analyst said.

    China may gradually dump US Treasury bonds amid rising tensions, reports Global Times

    With Sino-U.S. relations deteriorating over various issues including coronavirus, trade and technology, global financial markets are increasingly worried if China would sell the U.S. government debt it holds as a weapon to counter rising U.S. pressure.

    China witnessed 'earth-shaking' changes under CPC leadership: Xi Jinping

    Commemorating the 75th anniversary of victory in the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression on Thursday, Xi said Chinese people will not allow attempts by any individual or force to alienate them from the CPC.

    India steps up scrutiny of Chinese influence group amid ratcheting border tensions

    The closer monitoring of the Chinese Association for International Understanding (CAIFU) comes at a time when India and China are locked in their most serious border dispute in more than half a century.

    China beware: US stealth bombers, destroyer ships watching you closely

    The development will obviously set alarm bells ringing in Beijing which was already rattled by the deployment of three B-2 Spirit Stealth Bombers from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri to the strategically important base in Diego Garcia across the Pacific, last month.

    India’s neighbours to East go slow on Chinese support for defence & civilian sector ships

    This could impact China’s long-term strategic ambitions in the Bay of Bengal where India has been the traditional net security provider. However, over the last decade, China has been making attempts to challenge India’s position through investments in ports, supply of naval vessels and shipbuilding in parts of South and SE Asia.

    Tensions rise on China border, PLA troops carry out 'provocative movements' to change status quo at Pangong

    In a fresh serious development along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, China tried to provoke India once again last week and undertook “provocative military movements” at Pangong Tso. The development has come just two-and-a-half-months after the Galwan Valley clash in eastern Ladakh. On the intervening night of June 15 and 16, troops from India and China had clashed near Patrolling Point 14 and 20 Indian Army soldiers were martyred in the clash. China also lost a sizeable number of troops in the clashes but has not officially confirmed the number so far.Tensions rise on China border, PLA troops carry out 'provocative movements' to change status quo at Pangong

    Tensions rise on China border, PLA troops carry out 'provocative movements' at Pangong Tso

    Sources said that massive movement of troops has taken place to Chushul on Sunday after reports came in of the fresh Chinese aggression. The army is not sharing additional details of the what it means by provocative military movements or whether the PLA has breached the LAC at a fresh point. A flag meeting is underway to resolve the crisis.

    China has escalated its exercise activities by firing ballistic missiles in South China Sea, says Pentagon

    Conducting military exercises over disputed territory in the South China Sea is counterproductive to easing tensions and maintaining stability, the Pentagon said, adding that Chinese actions, including missile tests, further destabilise the situation in the South China Sea.

    China's industrial profits grow at fastest pace since mid-2018

    China's recovery had been gaining momentum after the pandemic paralysed huge swathes of the economy as pent-up demand, government stimulus and surprisingly resilient exports revived activity.

    China’s losses from its overseas takeover binge are piling up fast

    The volume of Chinese outbound M&A so far this year represents a 25% drop from a year earlier and a far cry from the peak in 2016.

    China says supports companies' use of legal weapons to safeguard rights and interests

    China said on Monday it supports relevant companies in taking up legal weapons to safeguard their rights and interests after ByteDance said it would officially file a lawsuit against Trump administration on Aug 24.

    India bars China ships from oil trade as ties strain further

    State-run oil companies have decided to stop chartering tankers owned or operated by Chinese companies even if the vessels are registered under third-country flags. The move is poised to further strain relations between two of Asia’s largest economies after a deadly Himalayan border clash left 20 Indian soldiers and an unknown number of Chinese troops dead.

    China extends anti-dumping tariff on Indian fibre optic product

    The punitive tariff on single-mode optical fibre takes effect from Aug. 14 and lasts for five years, with tariffs ranging between 7.4% and 30.6% depending on the specific Indian manufacturers, the ministry said.

    ET Analysis: China cultivated political parties ahead of Lankan polls, but India moved swiftly to engage Rajapaksas

    China watchers told ET that Beijing has changed its strategy based on the electoral setback faced by its favourites in India’s neighbourhood over the last few years.

    India asks China to pull back troops, cease further construction in Depsang sector

    India asked China to pull back its troops and stop further construction activities in the strategically-located Depsang-Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) sector of eastern Ladakh, where both have amassed thousands of soldiers, tanks and artillery guns, in another round of military talks on Saturday. India stressed the “importance of reducing tensions to prevent any inadvertent escalation".

    Ministry of Defence document details People's Liberation Army intrusions in May

    The defence establishment has officially acknowledged that Chinese soldiers intruded into Indian territory in eastern Ladakh in May, amid the ongoing deadlock over troop disengagement at the faceoff sites in Pangong Tso and Gogra despite five rounds of top-level military talks.

    Eye on China, India looks to increase barriers on imports from Asia

    Last week, India's trade ministry issued a notice to restrict inbound shipments of TVs by requiring importers to get a special licence.

    China warns India against 'forced decoupling' of their economies

    Chinese ambassador said China was not a strategic threat to India and that the "general structure that we can't live without each other remains unchanged".

    View: India and US will have to break out of their usual moulds to check China

    Both countries — through completely different dynamics — have come to realise that the battle against China actually begins on the home front. The debate is at its peak in the US, while it has only just started in India. And how it takes shape on both ends will determine if the Delhi and Washington sides can forge the next level in their strategic partnership.

    Amid LAC face-off, Indian Army opens Siachen Base Camp to civilians

    The Indian Army is willing to “liberally” issue permits for civilian expeditions to the Siachen Base Camp and Kumar Post in Ladakh. The decision to open up the world’s largest non-polar glacier and the highest battlefield was taken in October. Carrying through that decision amid the border standoff with China indicates govt’s assertiveness and a rethink on forward villages.

    Australia: First country outside S China Sea region to approach UN on China’s claims

    In its petition to the UN, Australia said it rejected China’s “historical claims” in the South China Sea region because they violate international law and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. This comes after the US lambasted Chinese claims in the region, which is the world’s busiest shipping route.

    China says no new deaths in coronavirus milestone

    Beijing imposed an unprecedented lockdown on tens of millions of people in Wuhan and the rest of Hubei province in late January in a bid to smother the virus, and the number of new domestic infections has dwindled for weeks. Relief has been tempered, however, by caution over new risks: rising numbers of infected people arriving from abroad.

    Saddled with risky assets, China getting dangerously close to its Lehman moment

    Beijing has made martyrs of its banks and insurers, asking them to lend to the needy, forgo profits and support the animal spirits of its trillion-dollar capital markets.

    A flurry of infrastructure cheques from China put Pakistan back in the Belt and Road game

    The Chinese financing has helped rid Pakistan of an electricity deficit that left exporters unable to meet orders and major cities without electricity for much of the day.

    India has not gained much from a drop in China’s share in American imports, says Rabobank

    “Vietnam, Mexico and Taiwan are the main beneficiaries of the shift in U.S. imports,” along with a push toward reshoring back to the U.S., the economists said.

    India shunted out of key Iran railway project, plot set to thicken as China's shadow looms in the background

    As the reason for the cancellation of the project, Iran said that India was delaying funding and other associated aspects. The unexpected development comes four years after the two sides had reached an agreement to construct the 628 km rail line along the Iran-Afghan border.

    India and China should be partners, not rivals: Sun

    In video remarks titled `implement consensus and handle differences properly to bring China-India relations back on the right track' posted on his embassy website, Sun spoke of disruptions in bilateral relationship and outlined five steps to clarify “some fundamental points.”

    View: China’s ominous turn and what it means for India, others

    How should the world, and particularly India, then view the rise of China? If there was any illusion, it has been shattered by the recent Chinese belligerence against many countries in the Indo-Pacific: India, Australia, Vietnam, Japan, Indonesia etc.

    In clear message to China, India to invite Australian Navy for Malabar drill

    The exercise brings together navies of India, Japan, Australia and the US in the Bay of Bengal.

    India may go beyond China to cut cheap shipments

    Measures such as nominating specific ports for clearance of goods that India wants to curb can lower or even erode price advantages, bringing them on par with locally made items.

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