All stories by K J M Varma
China on India-US defence deals: Should not target 3rd partyRediff.com26 Jun 2023
China on Monday said cooperation between countries should not undermine regional peace and stability and target any third party, as it reacted to a host of defence and commercial pacts recently signed between India and the US including joint production of jet engines in India to power military aircraft and a deal on armed drones.
China backs expanding BRICS with 'like-minded partners'Rediff.com1 Jun 2023
China on Thursday said Beijing views the BRICS as an "open and inclusive" platform and it backs moves to expand the five-member grouping with "like-minded partners".
India-China border 'generally' stable: Chinese FM to JaishankarRediff.com5 May 2023
Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang reiterated that the situation at the India-China border is generally stable and both sides should consolidate the present achievements and strictly abide by the relevant agreements while pushing for further cooling and easing of the conditions for sustainable peace and tranquillity at the frontier.
Chinese foreign minister to attend SCO meet in Goa on May 4-5Rediff.com2 May 2023
Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang will travel to India to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) foreign ministers' meeting being held in Goa on May 4 and 5, the foreign ministry in Beijing announced on Tuesday.
Take long-term view, place border issue in appropriate position: China respondsRediff.com28 Apr 2023
After India firmly told China that its violation of the border pacts has "eroded" the entire basis of bilateral ties, China's defence ministry on Friday said the situation at the border is "generally stable" and both sides should put the boundary issue in an "appropriate position" and promote its transition to "normalised management".
Chinese defence minister to visit India this weekRediff.com25 Apr 2023
China on Tuesday announced that its Defence Minister General Li Shangfu will visit India this week to attend the meeting of SCO defence ministers from April 27 during which he is expected to hold talks with his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh on ending the prolonged eastern Ladakh standoff which has severely strained bilateral ties.
India, China agree to 'speed up' resolution of LAC standoff: Chinese Defence MinistryRediff.com25 Apr 2023
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning told the media in Beijing on Monday that the two sides held an in-depth exchange of views on expediting the resolution of relevant issues.
We've quality: China on India becoming most populous countryRediff.com20 Apr 2023
The population is important and so is the talent, he said about China, the world's second-largest economy after the United States.
As Amit Shah lands in Arunachal border, China says it opposes visitRediff.com10 Apr 2023
China on Monday criticised Home Minister Amit Shah's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, stating that it violated Chinese sovereignty over the area, a claim outrightly dismissed by India.
China sends warships, fighter jets as Taiwanese prez returns from USRediff.com9 Apr 2023
China on Saturday began military exercises around Taiwan to test the capabilities of its forces to 'seize control of the sea, air and information', days after a meeting between the United States House Speaker and the President of the self-ruled island in defiance of repeated threats by Beijing.
US, China aircraft carriers in rare showdown in Taiwan StraitRediff.com6 Apr 2023
China and the US flexed their naval might by deploying aircraft carriers in a rare showdown in the Taiwan Strait, the narrow channel that separates the Chinese mainland from Taiwan, as Beijing fumed over US House Speaker's meeting with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in Washington.
Beijing issues Chinese names of 11 places in ArunachalRediff.com3 Apr 2023
The official names of the 11 places were released on Sunday by the ministry, which also gave precise coordinates, including two land areas, two residential areas, five mountain peaks and two rivers and listed the category of places' names and their subordinate administrative districts, state-run Global Times reported on Monday.
China, Japan set up military hotline to manage disputesRediff.com31 Mar 2023
Announcing the hotline, the Chinese defence ministry said as agreed upon by the defence departments of China and Japan, the two sides have recently completed the construction of a direct telephone line for the sea and air liaison mechanism and will maintain communication on the arrangement for the launch.
Japan PM's Ukraine visit overshadows Xi-Putin talks, upsets ChinaRediff.com21 Mar 2023
Beijing was caught by surprise as Kishida, who was on an official visit to New Delhi from March 19-21, entered Poland from India using a secretly chartered plane instead of the standard government aircraft, Japanese TV channel NHK reported.
Xi in Moscow for talks with Putin to 'end Ukraine war'Rediff.com20 Mar 2023
Ahead of his crucial talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday that his peace plan to end the raging Ukraine war takes into account the 'legitimate' concerns of all parties and reflects the broadest common understanding of the international community.
Xi to visit Russia for talks with Putin from March 20-22Rediff.com17 Mar 2023
Speculation is rife that Xi is likely to make an attempt to initiate peace talks between Russia and Ukraine to end the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
Chinese dragon breathes fire over N-submarine deal by AUKUSRediff.com14 Mar 2023
China on Tuesday angrily denounced the nuclear-powered submarine deal announced by the US, UK and Australia, saying the pact violates the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the three countries are travelling "further down the dangerous and wrong path."
Will build China into great wall of steel, vows Xi in first speech of 3rd termRediff.com13 Mar 2023
President Xi Jinping on Monday vowed to build China's military into a "Great Wall of steel" to protect its sovereignty and developmental interests as he sought a bigger role for Beijing in global affairs, days after brokering a Saudi Arabia-Iran detente, regarded as a diplomatic coup.
Chinese Parliament endorses Xi for historic 3rd termRediff.com10 Mar 2023
Xi is widely expected to continue in power for life.
China slams US' Indo-Pacific strategy as 'Asian NATO'Rediff.com7 Mar 2023
'No Cold War should be reignited and no Ukraine-style crisis should be repeated in Asia'