All stories by K J M Varma
China 'takes note' of Australia joining Malabar naval drillsRediff.com1 days ago
China said that military cooperation should be "conducive" to regional peace and stability.
Covid-hit Chinese economy grows 4.9% in Q3Rediff.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 ChinaRediff.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 KotnisRediff.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 dosesRediff.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 yearRediff.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 recoveryRediff.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 LadakhRediff.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 measuresRediff.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 MoscowRediff.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 asapRediff.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: ChinaRediff.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: ChinaRediff.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: ChinaRediff.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 recceRediff.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 drillsRediff.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 banRediff.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 KashmirRediff.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 XiRediff.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 wasteRediff.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: ChinaRediff.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 situationRediff.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-KRediff.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 visitRediff.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 troopsRediff.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 waveRediff.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: ReportRediff.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 ChengduRediff.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 missionRediff.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 soaringRediff.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 crisisRediff.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: BeijingRediff.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 chargesRediff.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 KazakhstanRediff.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: ChinaRediff.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: ChinaRediff.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 plagueRediff.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 talksRediff.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 ChinaRediff.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 freedomRediff.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.