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China 'takes note' of Australia joining Malabar naval drills

China 'takes note' of Australia joining Malabar naval drills

Rediff.com1 days ago

China said that military cooperation should be "conducive" to regional peace and stability.

Covid-hit Chinese economy grows 4.9% in Q3

Covid-hit Chinese economy grows 4.9% in Q3

Rediff.com2 days ago

China's economy, which suffered 6.8 per cent slump in the first quarter due to the coronavirus pandemic -- the worst in 44 years -- bounced back posting 4.9 per cent growth between July and September buoyed by the government's sweeping efforts to stimulate demand and consumption.

US appoints special coordinator for Tibet, needles China

US appoints special coordinator for Tibet, needles China

Rediff.com6 days ago

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday named Robert Destro, assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labour, as the special coordinator for Tibetan issues. Destro will focus on advancing dialogue between the Communist-run government in Beijing and the Dalai Lama, protecting the distinct religious cultural and linguistic identity of Tibetans, improving respect for their human rights and much, much more, Pompeo said.

Amid LAC row, China remembers Indian doctor Kotnis

Amid LAC row, China remembers Indian doctor Kotnis

Rediff.com12 Oct 2020

Dr. Kotnis, who hailed from Solapur in Maharashtra, came to China in 1938 as part of a five-member team of doctors sent by the Indian National Congress to help the Chinese during the World War II.

China joins global vaccine alliance; to buy 15 million doses

China joins global vaccine alliance; to buy 15 million doses

Rediff.com9 Oct 2020

According to the WHO, countries should join the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX Facility) by September 18 but not later than October 9 with upfront payments.

China claims Covid broke out in world's various parts last year

China claims Covid broke out in world's various parts last year

Rediff.com9 Oct 2020

China, besides denying the United States allegations that COVID-19 has emerged from a bio-lab in Wuhan, also rejected that it emanated from a wet market in the central Chinese city from bats or pangolins before infecting humans.

China's Xi Jinping wishes Trump, Melania speedy recovery

China's Xi Jinping wishes Trump, Melania speedy recovery

Rediff.com3 Oct 2020

In a message to Trump, Xi, 67, said that after learning US President Trump and Melania have tested positive for COVID-19, he and his wife Peng Liyuan extend sympathy to them and wish them a speedy recovery, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

China says it does not recognise 'illegal' UT Ladakh

China says it does not recognise 'illegal' UT Ladakh

Rediff.com29 Sep 2020

China said that for a long time China has been conducting activities on its side of the Line of Actual Control and they have always complied with relevant agreements.

China protests US ban on TikTok, WeChat; warns counter measures

China protests US ban on TikTok, WeChat; warns counter measures

Rediff.com19 Sep 2020

The US on Friday issued orders to ban popular Chinese social media apps TikTok and WeChat from Sunday to safeguard national security, weeks after India banned them, saying they were prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity and security of the country.

Foreign ministers of India, China, Russia to meet in Moscow

Foreign ministers of India, China, Russia to meet in Moscow

Rediff.com9 Sep 2020

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar is in Moscow on a four-day visit to attend the meeting of foreign ministers of the SCO of which both India and China are members.

After fresh tensions, China hopes for disengagement asap

After fresh tensions, China hopes for disengagement asap

Rediff.com8 Sep 2020

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian expressed this hope hours after India and China accused each other of firing in the air near the Pangong lake at the Line of Actual Control(LAC) in eastern Ladakh on Monday.

India's ban on apps not beneficial to anyone: China

India's ban on apps not beneficial to anyone: China

Rediff.com3 Sep 2020

India on Wednesday banned 118 more mobile apps with Chinese links, including the popular game PUBG, citing data privacy concerns and a threat to national security, taking the total count of Chinese-linked mobile apps banned by New Delhi to 224.

Pranab Mukherjee's death 'heavy loss' to Sino-India ties: China

Pranab Mukherjee's death 'heavy loss' to Sino-India ties: China

Rediff.com1 Sep 2020

In his 50 years in politics, he made positive contributions to China-India relations, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.

Border not yet demarcated, there will always be problems: China

Border not yet demarcated, there will always be problems: China

Rediff.com1 Sep 2020

Instead of "the dragon and the elephant compete with each other", "the dragon and the elephant dance together, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.

China fires 'aircraft-carrier killer' missile into SCS amid US recce

China fires 'aircraft-carrier killer' missile into SCS amid US recce

Rediff.com27 Aug 2020

China is engaged in hotly contested territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas. Beijing has also made substantial progress in militarising its man-made islands in the past few years, which it says it has the right to defend.

China lodges protest with US over spy planes monitoring PLA drills

China lodges protest with US over spy planes monitoring PLA drills

Rediff.com26 Aug 2020

A US RC-135S reconnaissance aircraft on Wednesday flew near the ongoing Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) drills in the South China Sea, a day after another US spy plane, a U-2, trespassed into another PLA exercise restricted zone, state-run Global Times reported.

TikTok to launch legal action against US over ban

TikTok to launch legal action against US over ban

Rediff.com23 Aug 2020

Trump signed executive orders on August 6 that would prevent TikTok and WeChat from operating in the US as they threatened America's national security and economy.

Oppose 'unilateral' steps: China to Pak on Kashmir

Oppose 'unilateral' steps: China to Pak on Kashmir

Rediff.com22 Aug 2020

India has been maintaining that China has no locus standi in commenting on Jammu and Kashmir.

China and Pakistan are good brothers, says Xi

China and Pakistan are good brothers, says Xi

Rediff.com21 Aug 2020

Xi made the remarks in a verbal message to Pakistani President Arif Alvi, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

PLA to deploy robot cooks to prevent food waste

PLA to deploy robot cooks to prevent food waste

Rediff.com20 Aug 2020

The PLA launched a campaign to stop food waste and cultivate thrifty habits in the military under the "clean plate" campaign launched by President Xi Jinping.

Ready to 'properly' address differences with India: China

Ready to 'properly' address differences with India: China

Rediff.com17 Aug 2020

The right path for the two sides is to respect and support each other as this serves our long-term interests, Chinese foreign minister said.

India briefs senior PLA General on Ladakh situation

India briefs senior PLA General on Ladakh situation

Rediff.com15 Aug 2020

The Central Military Commission, which is the overall high command of the Chinese military, is headed by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

India slams Pak envoy to China for 'lies and half-truths' on J-K

India slams Pak envoy to China for 'lies and half-truths' on J-K

Rediff.com13 Aug 2020

'Terrorists recruited, trained and armed by Pakistan have disturbed peace and order in J&K, with over 450 incidents of terrorist orchestrated violence taking place since August 2019, leading to several civilian casualties'

Chinese jets intrude Taiwan air space amid US official visit

Chinese jets intrude Taiwan air space amid US official visit

Rediff.com10 Aug 2020

China, which considers the estranged island of Taiwan as part of its mainland, vociferously objects to any high-level foreign dignitaries meeting Taiwanese leaders.

Ladakh clash: China arrests man for rumours on death of troops

Ladakh clash: China arrests man for rumours on death of troops

Rediff.com7 Aug 2020

A netizen surnamed Zhou was arrested by police for "spreading rumours online stating that the poor quality of military vehicles supplied by the Dongfeng Off-road Vehicle Co, Ltd has caused the death of Chinese soldiers during the China-India border clash," a report in Chinamil.com, which is attached to the Chinese ministry of defence, said.

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.com29 Jul 2020

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.com27 Jul 2020

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.

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