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China sees over 100 COVID cases for 1st time in over 3 months amid fear of second wave

China sees over 100 COVID cases for 1st time in over 3 months amid fear of second wave

Rediff.com5 days ago

Although China still faces the threat of new outbreaks due to local community transmissions or from imported cases, the country's capability to contain the COVID-19 has been honed, thanks to its experience in battling the virus for months.

US warplane flew less than 100 km from Shanghai: Report

US warplane flew less than 100 km from Shanghai: Report

Rediff.com6 days ago

It was the 12th day in a row that US military planes have approached the mainland coast, the report said.

China asks US to close its consulate in Chengdu

China asks US to close its consulate in Chengdu

Rediff.com24 Jul 2020

This was in response to "unilateral" decision by US to shut the Houston consulate. China's decision is legitimate and necessary response to the unreasonable actions of the US, China said.

China launches first Mars mission

China launches first Mars mission

Rediff.com23 Jul 2020

The Chinese Mars probe named Tianwen 1, or Quest for Heavenly Truth 1, will fulfil three scientific objectives: orbiting the red planet for comprehensive observation, landing on Martian soil and sending a rover to roam the landing site.

Why risks, costs of China's BRI projects in Pak are soaring

Why risks, costs of China's BRI projects in Pak are soaring

Rediff.com19 Jul 2020

Beijing's political risks are also escalating because of a renewed wave of public anger in many parts of Balochistan against human rights abuses by Pakistani troops deployed to crush the low-intensity insurgency in the province, the report said.

Chinese economy is first to recover from coronavirus crisis

Chinese economy is first to recover from coronavirus crisis

Rediff.com16 Jul 2020

Analysts, however, predict it would be an uphill climb for export-reliant China's economy going forward as it faced intensified conflict with the US and the negative fallout on its external trade due to Beijing's increasingly aggressive policies towards countries like India resulting in bans of its products and services.

China, India make 'progress' on disengagement: Beijing

China, India make 'progress' on disengagement: Beijing

Rediff.com15 Jul 2020

When asked for an update on Tuesday's military-level talks, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing in Beijing that both sides reached progress for promoting further disengagement of the border troops at the Western Sector.

China claims 1,000 years sovereignty over SCS, denies US charges

China claims 1,000 years sovereignty over SCS, denies US charges

Rediff.com15 Jul 2020

In a major policy speech on Monday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the world will not allow China to treat the strategically important South China Sea (SCS) as its 'maritime empire' and vowed to support worried Southeast Asian countries against Beijing's 'campaign of bullying' to control the resource-rich region.

China warns of pneumonia worse than COVID in Kazakhstan

China warns of pneumonia worse than COVID in Kazakhstan

Rediff.com10 Jul 2020

The "unknown pneumonia in Kazakhstan caused 1,772 deaths in the first six months of the year, including 628 people in June alone", the Chinese embassy in the central Asian country said in a statement.

Situation along LAC is stable, improving: China

Situation along LAC is stable, improving: China

Rediff.com9 Jul 2020

China on Thursday said Chinese and Indian troops have taken "effective measures" to disengage at the Galwan Valley and other areas along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh and the situation is "stable and improving," days after the two sides agreed on an expeditious withdrawal of soldiers from all the standoff points.

Wang, Doval agreed on prompt disengagement at LAC: China

Wang, Doval agreed on prompt disengagement at LAC: China

Rediff.com6 Jul 2020

'Both sides had candid and in-depth discussions over easing the current border situation and reached positive common understandings,' it said. 'Both sides welcomed the progress achieved in the recent military and diplomatic meetings, agreed to stay in dialogue and consultation, and stressed the importance to promptly act on the consensus reached in the commander-level talks between Chinese and Indian border troops, and complete disengagement of the front-line troops as soon as possible,' it said.

Chinese city sounds alert for bubonic plague

Chinese city sounds alert for bubonic plague

Rediff.com5 Jul 2020

Bayannur, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, announced a level III warning of plague prevention and control, state-run People's Daily Online reported. The suspected bubonic plague case was reported on Saturday by a hospital in Bayannur.

China welcomes 'progress' in Sino-India commander-level talks

China welcomes 'progress' in Sino-India commander-level talks

Rediff.com1 Jul 2020

'We hope the Indian side will work with the Chinese side towards the same goal, keep up close communication through military and diplomatic channels, and ease the situation and reduce the temperature along the border'

New swine flu with pandemic potential found in China

New swine flu with pandemic potential found in China

Rediff.com30 Jun 2020

The study noted that humans are not protected from the G4 virus by the immunity offered by other human influenza vaccine strains, indicating that there is no preexisting population immunity to the virus.

Xi signs new security law restricting Hong Kong's freedom

Xi signs new security law restricting Hong Kong's freedom

Rediff.com30 Jun 2020

The United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union and NATO have expressed concern on the new law and warned of retaliatory measures.

China 'strongly concerned' over India's ban on 59 apps

China 'strongly concerned' over India's ban on 59 apps

Rediff.com30 Jun 2020

Reacting to India's ban on the Chinese apps at a foreign ministry briefing, spokesman Zhao Lijian said, "The Indian government has the responsibility to uphold the legitimate and legal rights of the international investors including the Chinese ones."

Chinese reserve forces brought under Xi's leadership

Chinese reserve forces brought under Xi's leadership

Rediff.com30 Jun 2020

Currently, the reserve forces are under the dual leadership of military organs and local Communist Party committees and they would be brought under the control of the ruling party and the CMC from July 1, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

India warns China: Bids to alter status quo will have repercussions

India warns China: Bids to alter status quo will have repercussions

Rediff.com26 Jun 2020

The only way to resolve the current military standoff along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh was for Beijing to realise that trying to 'change the status quo by resorting to force or coercion, is not the right way forward', India's ambassador to China Vikram Misri said in a hard-hitting interview to PTI.

Maintaining peace along border in the interest of both parties: China

Maintaining peace along border in the interest of both parties: China

Rediff.com24 Jun 2020

In separate statements, the Chinese foreign and the defence ministries, however, repeated Beijing's stand that India was responsible for the June 15 violent face-off in eastern Ladakh. Defence Ministry Spokesman Col Wu Qian said the two defence ministers are negotiating on the phone.

Chinese FM bats for enhancing ties with India, Russia

Chinese FM bats for enhancing ties with India, Russia

Rediff.com24 Jun 2020

In his address to RIC Foreign Ministers, Wang said the three countries should 'correctly handle and properly deal with sensitive factors in bilateral relations and safeguard the overall interests of mutual relation', without directly referring to the current round of India-China military tensions along the Line of Actual Control, (LAC).

'Fake news': China on reports of 40 troops killed in Galwan clash

'Fake news': China on reports of 40 troops killed in Galwan clash

Rediff.com23 Jun 2020

This is the first time China has commented on the casualties. Though China has not revealed its casualty figure, there were reports that a commanding officer of the Chinese army was among those killed in the clashes. There is no official confirmation about it.

China says 'presently' it hasn't detained any Indian soldier

China says 'presently' it hasn't detained any Indian soldier

Rediff.com19 Jun 2020

"As far as I know, China presently has not detained any Indian personnel," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman told a media briefing in Beijing while answering questions on the tense standoff between the Indian and Chinese troops at the Galwan Valley.

37 new COVID-19 cases in China, Beijing implements wartime measures

37 new COVID-19 cases in China, Beijing implements wartime measures

Rediff.com19 Jun 2020

The National Health Commission (NHC) said that 32 new confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported in the country on Thursday of which 28 were domestically-transmitted and four were imported. Of the domestically-transmitted cases, 25 were reported in Beijing, two in Hebei province and one in Liaoning province, it said in its daily report.

India-China to deal with Galwan clash in 'just manner'

India-China to deal with Galwan clash in 'just manner'

Rediff.com18 Jun 2020

China said that after this incident both sides are in communication and coordination on the matter through diplomatic and military channels.

Chinese foreign minister speaks to Jaishankar, talks peace

Chinese foreign minister speaks to Jaishankar, talks peace

Rediff.com17 Jun 2020

Wang said the two sides should follow the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries and strengthen the communication and coordination on the proper handling of the border situation through the existing channels so as to jointly maintain peace and tranquility in the border area, the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement.

After violent clash, China claims sovereignty over Galwan Valley

After violent clash, China claims sovereignty over Galwan Valley

Rediff.com17 Jun 2020

While the de-escalation process was underway, a violent face-off took place on Monday night between Indian and Chinese troops leading to the death of 20 Indian soldiers.

Beijing cancels hundreds of flights, trains as COVID-19 cases spike

Beijing cancels hundreds of flights, trains as COVID-19 cases spike

Rediff.com17 Jun 2020

Starting Wednesday, Beijing halts return to campus, and resumes online courses for middle and primary school students, as well as suspends college students' return to campus, the reports said.

Beijing becomes 'no-go-zone' as COVID-19 cases jump to 106

Beijing becomes 'no-go-zone' as COVID-19 cases jump to 106

Rediff.com16 Jun 2020

The Chinese capital reported 106 domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases since June 11 and a senior city official warned that the situation is "extremely severe" in Beijing where authorities have mounted massive containment measures including mass testing of about 90,000 people.

China lodges protest with India over violent face-off

China lodges protest with India over violent face-off

Rediff.com16 Jun 2020

China has alleged that the Indian troops twice crossed the border line on June 15 for "illegal activities and provoked and attacked Chinese personnel" which led to serious physical conflict between the two sides, hours after the Indian Army said the violent face-off took place between the troops during the "de-escalation process" in the Galwan Valley.

Indian troops crossed LAC, attacked us, claims China

Indian troops crossed LAC, attacked us, claims China

Rediff.com16 Jun 2020

"I am not aware of the information you provided," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in Beijing when asked about the reports of the Indian casualties at the contested borders. "Our border troops had a high-level meeting and reached important consensus on easing the border situation but astonishingly, on June 15, the Indian troops seriously violated our consensus and twice crossed the border line for illegal activities and provoked and attacked Chinese personnel which led to serious physical conflict between the two sides and China has lodged strong protest and representation with the Indian side," Zhao said.

Beijing COVID-19 situation 'extremely severe': Official

Beijing COVID-19 situation 'extremely severe': Official

Rediff.com16 Jun 2020

The authorities have mounted massive containment measures including mass testing of about 90,000 people

Mass testing in Beijing as 67 new cases appear

Mass testing in Beijing as 67 new cases appear

Rediff.com15 Jun 2020

In a bid to stem the spread of the contagion, the authorities in Beijing have conducted the nucleic acid test on 29,386 people who had visited the Xinfadi wholesale market since May 30, Gao Xiaojun, spokesman for the Beijing Health Commission, said on Monday. The market became a hotspot after it reported several new COVID-19 cases. Out of all the samples, 12,973 came negative and the rest are awaiting results, Gao told the media.

China reports 66 new COVID-19 cases after sudden spike in Beijing

China reports 66 new COVID-19 cases after sudden spike in Beijing

Rediff.com14 Jun 2020

China has reported 66 new coronavirus cases, the largest since the disease was controlled in its first epicentre Wuhan in April, prompting the authorities to go into a 'wartime' mode to stem the spread of COVID-19 in the capital Beijing which has seen a sudden spike in the number of infections, health officials said on Sunday.

Beijing shuts down markets after 6 new COVID-19 cases reported

Beijing shuts down markets after 6 new COVID-19 cases reported

Rediff.com13 Jun 2020

China's National Health Commission, (NHC) said on Saturday that 18 new confirmed coronavirus cases were reported in the country on Friday, including six domestically-transmitted cases in Beijing. Also on Friday, seven new asymptomatic cases were reported, taking the total number of such people in quarantine to 98, it said.

India, China begin 'limited disengagement' in eastern Ladakh

India, China begin 'limited disengagement' in eastern Ladakh

Rediff.com10 Jun 2020

Asked about the reports of the troops on both sides disengaging and moving back to their previous positions, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing in Beijing that both sides are taking steps to ease the situation along the borders.

Amid border standoff, Indian Army wins rare praise from China

Amid border standoff, Indian Army wins rare praise from China

Rediff.com9 Jun 2020

Mountain brigades being raised by India are mostly meant for the Chinese border, especially the Tibetan plateau, and it is perhaps the first time a Chinese military expert publicly complimented their strength and strategic importance.

COVID-19 may have hit Wuhan in Aug 2019, claims study

COVID-19 may have hit Wuhan in Aug 2019, claims study

Rediff.com9 Jun 2020

China said the study was "ridiculous" and based on "superficial" information.

Situation in Ladakh stable, controllable, says China

Situation in Ladakh stable, controllable, says China

Rediff.com8 Jun 2020

China and India have agreed to work to maintain peace along the Line of Actual Control and resolve the border standoff through talks while implementing the consensus reached between the two countries' leadership that 'differences' do not escalate into 'disputes', a top Chinese official said.

China exonerates itself in whitepaper on COVID-19

China exonerates itself in whitepaper on COVID-19

Rediff.com7 Jun 2020

A whitepaper released by the Chinese government gave a lengthy explanation to refute the allegations of cover up and delay by Beijing on reporting the COVID-19 outbreak last year in Wuhan. United States President Donald Trump and leaders of several countries have accused China of not being transparent in reporting the deadly disease, leading to huge human casualties and economic crisis across the world.

Committed to properly resolve border standoff with India: China

Committed to properly resolve border standoff with India: China

Rediff.com5 Jun 2020

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a media briefing in Beijing that "at the moment the situation in the boundary region between China and India is overall stable and controllable".

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