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Widespread demolition move in Karachi only a scheme to make it China’s town: Altaf Hussain

London [UK]: Muttahidda Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain has said that properties of Mohajirs in Karachi are being demolished to make room for China to convert Karachi into a remote Satellite colony of Punjab and to accommodate China in the region. The government of Pakistan has entered into an agreement with China in this regard. As per the agreement, the Pakistan military would help China in demolishing buildings in Karachi for new construction and Karachi will become a satellite state of Punjab like Hong Kong.Hussain made the revelation in his telephonic address to the Mohajir nation. He strongly condemned the Supreme Court’s orders for the demolition of the Nasla Tower, a residential project in Karachi. The demolition of properties of Mohajirs in Karachi on the order of the country’s apex court judge on Pakistan military’s orders is a sheer manifest of economic carnage…

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Taiwan denounces China for taking retaliatory measures against countries forging ties with Taipei

Taipei [Taiwan]: Taiwan on Sunday denounced China for taking retaliatory measures against countries that seek to develop ties with Taipei.The remarks came in a statement from the Mainland Affair Council following China’s interference in the internal matters of Taiwan and Lithuania, Focus Taiwan reported. The MAC termed China’s response to countries for their exchanges with Taiwan as “barbaric”. “The decision by Taiwan and Lithuania to open reciprocal representative offices and develop a friendly, cooperative relationship reflects a basic right for members of the international community, the MAC said in a statement. “This is not an internal affair as described by China” but a matter between Taiwan and Lithuania, Beijing has no right to comment on, it said.As reported by Focus Taiwan, the MAC also called on Beijing to respect international norms and the cross-strait reality, and deal rationally with relations between the two sides…

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Xi Jinping consolidates power after Sixth Plenum

Beijing [China]: Xi Jinping has further consolidated his power after the Chinese Communist Party’s recently concluded and highly debated Sixth Plenum.The Chinese Communist Party’s recently concluded and highly debated Sixth Plenum, a gathering of all 376 full-time and substitute CCP Central Committee members, only further cemented Xi’s political control and his “authoritarian image” within the party and military echelon. The plenum also called upon the “entire Party, the military, and all Chinese people to rally more closely around the Central Committee with Xi Jinping at its core.”“Such an outlook denotes a number of key takeaways: Xi’s return to a third term is all but somewhat appears only guaranteed; the CCP has become, for all intents and purposes, Xi’s party; Xi’s personal ideologies enshrined in the “Xi Jinping Thought” are set to mark the trajectory of China’s domestic and international politics; and Xi’s CCP has…

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US lawmakers introduce bill to help Taiwan expand ties as China tensions spikes

Washington [US]: Amid the deteriorating relations between Washington and Beijing, two US lawmakers introduced a bipartisan bill earlier this week, which seeks to help Taiwan develop ties with other countries amid China’s coercive actions designed to isolate the country.The Promoting Ties with Taiwan Act, which was introduced this week aims to make it the policy of the U.S. government to use its diplomatic influence and reputation to help Taiwan expand connections with nations and partners around the world. The draft “Promoting Ties with Taiwan Act,” was introduced by Republican Michelle Fischbach and Democrat Scott Peters, Taiwan Focus reported.Taiwan has split from China after the end of the civil war in 1949 and has since been governing independently. Beijing says that the island is a breakaway province, and considers any contacts between Taipei and other countries to be meddling in Chinese internal affairs.The news introduced…

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China opposes CDS Rawat’s remark calling it India’s biggest security threat

Beijing [China]: China on Thursday accused India of instigating a “geopolitical confrontation” after the chief of defence staff (CDS) Bipin Rawat’s termed China as India’s biggest security threat.China’s Defense Ministry voiced opposition to CDS Rawat’ remarks and called the Indian military chief’s comments “provocative.” “Hyping up China threat has severely breached the strategic guidance set by leaders of the two countries that China and India pose no threat to each other,” said Defense Ministry spokesperson Wu Qian. “Inciting geopolitical confrontation is both irresponsible and dangerous,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.He expressed hope that India can jointly safeguard regional peace with China. “As neighbouring countries, we hope the India side can work with China to jointly safeguard regional peace and tranquility in the border regions, and together maintain the positive development of bilateral ties,” the spokesperson added.This comes a day…

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China asks US to stop elevating relations with Taiwan

Beijing [China]: China on Wednesday asked the United States to immediately “stop elevating relations with Taiwan in essence” following the second US-Taiwan Economic Prosperity Partnership Dialogue held this week.“China deplores and strongly opposes this,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said. The spokesperson said that China firmly opposes all forms of official interactions in any name or form between Taiwan and countries with diplomatic ties with China. “The US should earnestly abide by the one-China principle and the stipulations of the three China-US joint communiques, immediately stop elevating relations with Taiwan in essence, stop any form of official interaction and contact with Taiwan,” Zhao said.“We also have this stern warning to the Taiwan authorities that any attempt and act to solicit the United States and other foreign support and sabotage cross-Strait relations is doomed to fail,” Zhao added.Earlier this week, Under Secretary for Economic…

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Chinese firms arrive in Afghanistan to conduct on-site inspections of lithium projects

Beijing [China]: Looking to ‘explore’ nearly trillion-dollar worth of rare earth materials, a group of Chinese delegations have arrived in Afghanistan on special visas and are conducting on-site inspections of potential lithium projects.Despite growing interest from Chinese companies, major uncertainties remain in Afghanistan in terms of policy, security, the economy and infrastructure, the state media tabloid Global Times reported. The report said that five Chinese companies obtained special visas and arrived in Afghanistan early in November to conduct on-site inspections. “[They] have arrived in the Chinatown and are conducting inspections in Afghanistan as planned,” said Yu Minghui, director of the committee, which has been helping Chinese companies explore business opportunities in Afghanistan. Yu told GT that he believes these company representatives received the first batch of special visas issued to Chinese investors.Back in August, Japanese newspaper Nikkei Asia had reported that China is positioning…

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China-ASEAN relations expand into comprehensive strategic partnership

Beijing [China]: The special summit commemorating the 30th anniversary of ASEAN-China dialogue relations re-enforces Beijing’s expanding role in the ASEAN region.Though the China-ASEAN summit focuses on higher-end technology research including focus production on the COVID-19 vaccine, the strategic significance of the summit can’t be undermined, reported Global Times. The summit re-enforces China’s engagement with the 10-member ASEAN countries including Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.The summit comes at a time when Beijing has expanded its economic role in the region as the ASEAN’s data shows its trade volume with China was USD 684.6 billion in 2020.China-ASEAN dialogue relations were established in 1991 after the end of the Cold War when Beijing started to expand its economic reach further in the South East Asian region.The above was followed by Beijing’s role as ASEAN’s dialogue partners which had morphed into…

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Imran Khan ensures support to Chinese businesses in Pakistan

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Amid the rising mistrust among Chinese investors over the safety and security of their projects in Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan ensured the country’s “all-weather ally” to support and protect its businesses on “priority basis.”In a meeting between Khan and Chinese business delegation led by Chen Yan from Challenge Fashion (Pvt), he said, “We will support Chinese businesses in Pakistan on priority basis, and are grateful to them for their keen interest in accelerating their investment in Special Economic Zones (SEZs)”, reported Geo News. The prime minister directed the authorities concerned to facilitate all Chinese investors, who are setting up industries in Pakistan, on an emergency basis by resolving their issues related to road connectivity and provision of utilities.Khan also said that Pakistan and China haven’t just been connected in past and present, but will remain united through future generations, reported Geo…

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US manages to halt construction of secret Chinese port project in UAE

Washington [US]: The Biden administration has managed to halt the construction of a secret development inside of a Chinese shipping port in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), one of the US’s closest Mideast allies, after intense pressure from the US.This project, near Abu Dhabi, was halted after several rounds of meetings and visits by US officials, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported citing people familiar with the matter. After the intelligence agencies in Washington learned that Beijing was secretly building what they suspected was a military facility at a port, the Biden administration warned the Emirati government that a Chinese military presence in its country could threaten ties between the two countries.“Last we checked, we had successfully convinced the Emiratis to shut down the project,” said one source familiar with the intelligence, as quoted by CNN. “But it’s still a live issue.”Although the project…

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Tokyo conveys concerns to Beijing as Chinese ships enter Japanese waters

Tokyo [Japan]: Japan has conveyed its concerns to Beijing after a Chinese naval ship sailed in Japan’s waters of its southwestern prefecture of Kagoshima.A Chinese naval ship had sailed in Japan’s waters earlier this week off its southwestern prefecture, the country’s Defence Ministry said on Friday. The Chinese survey ship was spotted sailing off the southwestern prefecture on Wednesday and Thursday in the so-called contiguous zone outside Japan’s territorial waters, reported Kyodo News citing the ministry.A Maritime Self-Defense Force patrol plane spotted the ship heading toward Japanese waters from the contiguous zone south of Yakushima Island around 8:40 pm on Wednesday.The Japanese government conveyed concerns about the vessel’s action to China through diplomatic channels, said officials familiar with the matter, Kyodo News reported.In recent times, China has ramped up maritime activities in the South China Sea.On Friday, four Chinese coast guard ships also entered…

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Olympics Politics: China chides Biden for considering diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics

Beijing [China], November 20 (ANI): China has hit out at US President Joe Biden for considering a diplomatic boycott of next year’s Beijing Games, saying politicising sports violates the Olympic spirit and undermines the interests of all athletes. President Joe Biden confirmed on Thursday that he is mulling a US diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing.“It’s something we’re considering,” Biden told reporters in the Oval Office following a bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. A senior administration official told CNN on Wednesday that Biden is not expected to attend the upcoming Olympics in China this February and that his administration is on the verge of implementing a diplomatic boycott of the games. Reacting to Biden’s remarks, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said the US “falsely accuses” China of committing genocide and forced labour in Xinjiang. “The 2022 Winter…

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After US, UK considering diplomatic boycott of 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

London [UK]: Days after US President Joe Biden’s announcement on the boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that he is also considering the same over the alleged human rights violations in China, according to media reports.Russian news agency Sputnik stated, citing media reports, that the UK government is actively discussing the possibility to refrain from sending officials to the Winter Olympics in Beijing, with Foreign Secretary Liz Truss believed to be a supporter of the idea. Citing Times newspaper, Sputnik reported that under one of the considered options, the UK may be represented by the ambassador but not any other official.On Thursday, United States President Joe Biden had said that his administration was considering a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, according to NBC News.Asked about the possibility of the boycott during an…

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Chinese naval ship sails in Japan waters amid rising security tensions

Beijing [China]: A Chinese naval ship sailed in Japan’s waters earlier this week off its southwestern prefecture of Kagoshima, the country’s Defence Ministry said on Friday.The Chinese survey ship was spotted sailing off the southwestern prefecture on Wednesday and Thursday in the so-called contiguous zone outside Japan’s territorial waters, reported Kyodo News citing the ministry. A Maritime Self-Defense Force patrol plane spotted the ship heading toward Japanese waters from the contiguous zone south of Yakushima Island around 8:40 pm on Wednesday.The ship was then seen sailing west of Kuchinoerabu Island in the zone westward around 1:20 am on Thursday, the ministry further said.The Chinese vessel entered Japanese waters sometime between Wednesday night and early Thursday, the ministry determined based on the pattern of sightings, though it did not specify when the intrusion happened, according to Kyodo News.

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Amid Chinese military threat, Taiwan unveils new F-16V fighter jets

Taipei [Taiwan]: Amid rising military threats from China, Taiwan on Thursday (local time) unveiled more than two dozen upgraded F-16 fighter jets – F-16V at the Chiayi base.The F-16s screamed across the sky at Chiayi Air Base on the island’s southwestern coast as pilots performed aerial maneuvers to demonstrate the capabilities of Taiwan’s first squadron of US-made F-16V, reported CNN. During the commissioning ceremony, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said the formation of a new F-16V combat wing has demonstrated the deepening friendship between the island and the US.“The Lockheed Martin team has provided us with a lot of assistance in completing the upgrade,” she said.“This not only signals the further progress of Taiwan-US friendship but also represents a firm commitment to Taiwan-US relations.”In the event of an air attack from China, F-16V fighter jets, or Viper will defend the island nation. The planes were…

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China made dubious claims of victory in its ‘war on poverty’: USCC

Washington [US]: US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) in its newly released report has said that China made dubious claims of victory in its “war on poverty” and stressed that it has been one of the central themes of the centennial propaganda campaign of Beijing.“One of the central themes of the centennial propaganda campaign has been Beijing’s assertion that it had eliminated “extreme poverty” by 2020, a goal first announced by General Secretary Xi in 2015,” USCC said in its report on Wednesday. The USCC is a bipartisan commission created by Congress to monitor and report on trade, economic, and defence issues in the US-China relationship.In April 2021, China’s State Council Information Office released a white paper titled “Poverty Alleviation: China’s Experience and Contribution.”The white paper referred to poverty alleviation as “a key task and index of realization of the First Centenary Goal”…

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India, China to discuss ‘complete disengagement’ in next Senior Commanders meeting at early date

New Delhi [India]: India and China held the 23rd meeting of Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) on Thursday.The sides discussed the situation in eastern Ladakh. “The two sides had candid and in-depth discussions on the situation along the LAC in Western Sector of India-China Border Areas and also reviewed the developments since the last meeting of the Senior Commanders of both sides which was held on October 10, 2021,” External Affairs Ministry said in a statement. It said that the two sides recalled the agreement between the External Affairs Minister and the Foreign Minister of China during their meeting in September in Dushanbe that military and diplomatic officials of the two sides should continue their discussions to resolve the remaining issues along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh.The Indian delegation was led by Additional Secretary…

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Taiwan deploys first squadron of F-16 jets amid China’s military aggression

Taipei [Taiwan]: Taiwan on Thursday deployed the most advanced version of the US-made F-16 fighter jet in its defence force, a move that experts say would significantly boost the island’s defence against the Chinese military aggression.These aircraft are equipped with advanced technology that will substantially strengthen Taiwan’s national defence against threats emerging from the Chinese Communist Party. The defence machines also symbolize Taipei’s close cooperation with the US, President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen informed in a tweet. “Taiwan’s first squadron of upgraded F-16V fighter jets has entered service. These aircraft symbolize our close cooperation with the US & are equipped with advanced technology that will substantially strengthen our national defence,” Tsai said in a tweet.This came as Beijing claims sovereignty over Taiwan and has increased military incursions in the democratic country.In October, a border security analyst had said that early delivery of the US-made…

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Vietnamese PM to attend China-ASEAN special summit

Hanoi [Vietnam]: Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh will attend the special summit commemorating the 30th anniversary of the dialogue relations between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Monday via video conference, a Vietnamese spokesperson said Thursday.Le Thi Thu Hang, spokesperson of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, made the remarks at a regular press briefing in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi. This is an opportunity for the leaders from both sides to assess China-ASEAN cooperation in the past 30 years and set out important directions in the time to come, Hang said.

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China opposes ‘Taiwan independence’ attempt through ‘law amendment’

Beijing [China]: China-Taiwan relationship has been strained for years but in a stern warning to Taipei, Beijing opposed “Taiwan independence” attempts through “law amendment.”Zhu Fenglian, a spokesperson for the State Council’s Taiwan Affairs Office said that such moves by Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) are being closely watched, in response to a media query on Wednesday, reported Xinhua. The DPP, despite the resolute opposition and stern warnings from various parties, persisted with such attempts, which would only boomerang in the end, Zhu said.The spokesperson urged all responsible political parties and people with a vision on the Taiwan island to expose the DPP’s plot and take concrete actions to safeguard peace across the Taiwan Strait and the wellbeing of people in Taiwan, reported Xinhua.Zhu also called on Taiwan compatriots to stay highly vigilant, consciously oppose and resist any attempt to seek “Taiwan independence” through “law…

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China announces new five-year plan to promote ‘rule of law’, stresses adherence to Xi Jinping leadership

Beijing [China]: China has announced a new five-year plan to promote “rule of law” throughout the education system for teenagers, said a report, adding that the plan’s purpose is to “continuously improve rule of law literacy” and stresses adherence to the leadership of Xi Jinping.China’s Ministry of Education on November 12 announced a new five-year plan to promote “rule of law” throughout the education system for teenagers, China Media Project reported. It further cited the notice and said that it follows a spate of actions in recent months focusing on China’s youth and maintaining political and ideological security, including bans on online gaming, a crackdown on “fandom culture,” and even actions against the popular trend of “script murder” games.While the notice stated that the plan’s purpose is to “continuously improve rule of law literacy in the education system,” key sections of the document stressed…

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Philippines approves China’s Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine as booster shots

Manila [Philippines]: The Philippines’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of China’s Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine and three other brands as booster shots against the COVID-19, FDA Director General Enrique Domingo said Tuesday. During a pre-recorded meeting aired on Tuesday, Domingo said the FDA has already amended the emergency use authorization of Sinovac, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Sputnik Light, “meaning six months after the second dose, another can be administered.”The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) said that all fully vaccinated healthcare workers could get the booster doses starting on Wednesday, as well as people with underlying health conditions and the elderly with comorbidities. To date, the Philippines has received almost 125 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from different vaccine makers. China, the biggest supplier of COVID-19 vaccines, was the first country to provide vaccines to the Philippines, allowing the Southeast Asian country to…

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Muslims in China: Under a cloud of hardship

By Kshvid News Desk with inputs from agencies From the beginning of civilization, a man had the urge to oppose minorities. Those who had power were always used to oppress others who were weak. But with the passage of time, minorities started to make groups and communities and fought for their rights. There is a complete history of a man fighting for his rights and fighting hard for the survival of his kind. And he succeeded in most of the cases. But the suffering for humanity never ended. in almost all regions of the world, minorities are suffering in one way or another.  The most recent and most heartbreaking conditions are for the Muslims of China. Even though China has good relations with almost all Muslim countries, its Muslim population isn’t in good shape or condition. Uyghur, Chinese, also written Uygur or Uighur, are…

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Japan-France discuss strengthening ties amid Chinese assertiveness in Indo-Pacific region

Tokyo [Japan]: Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday had a discussion with French President Emmanuel Macron over emboldening of security relations amid Chinese assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region.French President and Japanese Prime Minister had a 40 minutes phone call where they conversed about enhancing cooperation between both countries. This included France’s Jeanne d’Arc training fleet visiting Japan for joint exercises in May, reported Kyodo News citing government sources. Calling France a “special partner”, the Japanese Prime Minister commended Macron’s leadership in the European Union, rendering strategic involvement in the Indo-Pacific region.The French President congratulated Kishida on his recent win and the commitments Japan made at the United Nations summit on climate change and to serve the world in coming closer to zero carbon emissions, reported Kyodo News citing government sources.The Foreign Ministry stated that the parties communicated over other issues the world is…

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Biden, Xi to hold high-stakes virtual meeting tomorrow

Washington [US]: US President Joe Biden is set to virtually meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday, marking the first bilateral meeting between the two leaders since Biden took office.This meeting is likely to cover several topics including tensions over China’s military activity near Taiwan and human rights, as well as issues concerning climate change. This virtual meet comes after the US and China reached a deal on a joint statement on the need to tackle climate change at COP26 in Glasgow, UK. “In the evening of Monday, November 15 in Washington, D.C., President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will meet virtually with President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China (PRC),” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said a statement.The two leaders will discuss ways to responsibly manage the competition between the United States and the PRC, as well as ways to work…

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‘Human rights must not be forgotten amid China’s climate change promises’

Beijing [China]: The ignorance of the ongoing genocide of humanity by the Chinese Communist Party in China’s Xinjiang where millions of Uyghurs live, undermines the goals of creating a tradeoff between climate goals and human rights, cites an opinion piece in a US newspaper.In July, more than 40 progressive groups had urged US President Joe Biden to stop demonizing China as it “risks undermining much-needed climate cooperation”, reported an opinion piece written by Louisa Greve published in The Hill. However, the White House rejected such a tradeoff in its readout on the US-China talks in Switzerland in October highlighting that National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan “raised a number of areas where we have concern with the PRC’s actions,” that included the Uyghur crisis and human rights.The Uyghur forced labour bill that would ensure that goods made with Uyghur forced labour and other predominantly Muslim…

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Chinese envoy to US condemns Taiwanese political party for seeking ‘Taiwan independence’

Beijing [China]: Chinese Ambassador to the US Qin Gang condemned the Taiwanese political party Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for seeking “Taiwan independence” during the 2021 annual meeting of Alliance for China’s Peaceful Reunification (ACPR) in San Francisco, Chinese state media reported on Sunday. In the speech, Qin’s also blamed the US saying it has been “manipulating the Taiwan question in an attempt to use it as leverage to shadow and control the Chinese mainland”, Global Times reported.Qin’s speech came on the day when Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken had a phone conversation. The talks between the two was a preparation from both sides for a virtual meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden, which is scheduled on November 16. Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has expressed concerns over…

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Joe Biden won’t hold back concerns US has with China, says White House Press Secretary

Washington [US]: US President Joe Biden will hold a virtual summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday evening and the two leaders will confront tensions. Commenting on whether Monday’s meeting between the two leaders will concern over the border tensions with India, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki while responding to ANI said the US leader would “certainly discuss security-related issues.”There has been no shortage of tension in the relationship in recent months as Biden has made clear he sees Beijing’s actions on a number of fronts as concerning. The President has criticised China for human rights abuses against ethnic minorities in northwest China, maritime issues, Taiwan, South China sea.Speaking over it, Jen Psaki said: “Joe Biden will not hold back concerns the US has with China.”Addressing a press briefing on Friday (local time), Psaki said that one of the purposes of this…

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Pakistan Army chief meets envoys of US, Russia, China after Troika Plus meeting

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistani Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday discussed the situation in Afghanistan in separate meetings with the envoys of the United States, Russia, and China after the conclusion of the Troika Plus meet, reported local media.The meetings took place at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, reported Geo TV citing the statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Bajwa discussed the current situation in Afghanistan and the matters of “mutual interest” during the three meetings, reported the news channel citing the media wing of the Pakistani military.The army chief talked about the need for global convergence on Afghanistan to prevent the deepening of the humanitarian crisis.Earlier, the representative of the Troika Plus format urged the Taliban to cut ties with all terrorist groups and deprive them of the opportunity to act on Afghan territory.The statement was issued after the Troika Plus…

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Culture, religion at stake in Tibet under Chinese regime, says Deputy Speaker of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile

Dharamshala (Himachal Pradesh) [India]: Culture, religion, and the way of life which is based on Buddhism are at the stake in Tibet under the Chinese regime, said Deputy Speaker of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile Dolma Tsering.This comes after Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Wednesday slammed the Chinese leadership, saying they “don’t understand the variety of different cultures.” “Chinese say that they have 56 minorities in altogether but they are not ready to give the traditional sanctity of those minorities. In Tibet, the culture itself is at stake, the religion is at stake, the way of life which is based on Buddhism is also stake,” Dolma Tsering told ANI on Thursday.She also said that the Chinese want everything to be melted into the communist style. “So be it Buddhism or anything they want everything to be changed into them.”Speaking over the so-called freedom in Tibet, the…

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China’s Economy: The Big Power Crunch

By Kshvid News Desk with inputs from agencies Policy measures have been put in place to help generate equality, which has potentially led to issues as China’s factory outputs have been at their lowest since the start of the pandemic, and they GDP has grown 0.3% under what was forecast. China has been long hailed as having the world’s largest economy (when measured in Purchasing Power Parity). In terms of GDP, it is on track to being the largest global economy in 2028, and currently ranks second in GDP, next to the USA. However, recently, a complex mix of changing policy, issues in property construction and power issues have led to larger issues for China’s economy. This has led to experts suggesting that China needs to change policies in order to create more liquidity in the interbank market, and to relax obtainment of credit…

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‘Fire and Fury’ Corps Commander

New Delhi [India]: Amid the ongoing military standoff with China, Lt Gen Anindya Sengupta would be the new commander of the Leh-based Fire and Fury Corps by the end of this month.He will succeed Lt Gen PGK Menon who would be completing his tenure of more than a year and represented India in the talks with China to resolve the ongoing standoff in Eastern Ladakh on multiple occasions. “Lt Gen Sengupta is going to take over as the next commander of the Fire and Fury Corps and would be heading the talks from the Indian side with the Chinese whenever they take place,” government sources told ANI.Due to the sensitive nature of the corps which is looking after both the China and Pakistan borders, the new corps commander would get around 15 days with his predecessor to understand each and every facet of the…

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Amid China’s growing threat, Europe inches closer to Taiwan

Beijing [China]: Amid China’s growing military threat to Taiwan, Europe has extended its hand to the democratic island.This came as the European parliament sent its first-ever formal delegation to visit the island, defying Beijing’s threats of retaliation, The New York Times reported. “We came here with a very simple, clear message; you are not alone,” Raphael Glucksmann, a French member of the European Parliament and the leader of the delegation, told Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen adding that “Europe is standing with you.”This came as China’s increasingly assertive brand of authoritarianism under the Chinese Communist Party has spread distrust among the countries, The New York Times reported.Following the bid, the European lawmakers have also blocked the investment agreement with China citing the human rights violations that the Chinese Communist Party has been doing in the country.The agreement was a long-dormant deal that China and Europe…

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Chinese leaders ‘don’t understand variety of cultures’, prefer to remain in India: Dalai Lama

Tokyo [Japan]: Tibetian spiritual leader Dalai Lama has slammed the Chinese leadership, saying they “don’t understand the variety of different cultures”, while at the same time lauding India as a centre of religious harmony.The 86-year-old spiritual leader made these remarks on Wednesday during an online news conference anchored in Tokyo, English-language news channel Al Jazeera reported. Dalai Lama further criticised the leaders of China, saying that the “narrow-minded Chinese Communist leaders” did not appreciate the unique culture in Tibet and Xinjiang.He said that the problem emanates from “too much control by Han people,” the largest ethnic group in China. “I know Communist Party leaders since Mao Zedong. Their ideas (are) good. But sometimes they do much extreme, tight control,” Dalai Lama was quoted as saying by Al Jazeera.The Dalai Lama, along with his followers, fled to India from Tibet in 1959 during an invasion…

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UN chief welcomes US-China declaration on enhancing climate action

New York [US]: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday (local time) welcomed a US-China joint declaration on enhancing climate action at the Glasgow conference.“I welcome today’s agreement between China and the USA to work together to take more ambitious #ClimateAction in this decade. Tackling the climate crisis requires international collaboration and solidarity, and this is an important step in the right direction. #COP26,” Guterres tweeted. China and the United States on Wednesday released the Joint Glasgow Declaration on Enhancing Climate Action in the 2020s at the ongoing 26th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) in Glasgow.The two sides pledged to continue working together and with all parties to strengthen the implementation of the Paris Agreement. They agreed to establish a working group on enhancing climate action in the 2020s to promote cooperation between the…

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Xi warns of ‘Cold War-era’ tensions in Asia-Pacific

Beijing [China]: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday warned against a return to Cold War-era tensions in the Asia-Pacific.“The Asia-Pacific region cannot and should not relapse into the confrontation and division of the Cold War era,” he said at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation CEO Summit via video, Xinhua reported. The Chinese President also said that at present, COVID-19 is still ravaging the world, and the journey to global economic recovery remains a difficult and tortuous one, the media outlet reported.He urged the region to make all-out efforts to fight COVID-19. “At this trying time, it is all the more important that we should stay confident, keep a steady hand on the tiller, and forge ahead with determination,” Xinhua News Agency reported Xi as saying.China had not attended the COP26 climate change conference last week. The country had also not attended India-convened security dialogue on…

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Chinese company holds back insurance cover of major China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects

Beijing [China]: Chinese insurance company ‘Sinosure’ has held back insurance cover to six major energy power projects worth USD 5 billion, these projects are a part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).The company has also underwritten around USD 8 billion insurance cover to Mainline-1, a 1,733km railway line from Karachi to Peshawar, Pakistani newspaper Dawn News reported. Meanwhile, the Imran Khan government has urged Beijing to persuade the China-based insurance company to clear about USD 13 billion insurance covers of energy and infrastructure projects in Pakistan, Dawn news reported.Special Assistant to the Pakistan Prime Minister on CPEC Khalid Mansoor has taken up the matter to the Chinese ambassador in Islamabad.Mansoor has written a letter to the Vice Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), urging for his intervention to resolve all issues relating to strategically important projects on a priority basis.The strategically…

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US central bank warns China’s property problem could hurt global economy

Washington [US] : The United States central bank has warned that China’s ongoing property woes could elevate financial stresses in China, which could further strain global financial markets and negatively affect the United States.In its biannual report on financial stability, the Federal reserve pointed specifically to the crisis at Evergrande, China’s most indebted developer, CNN reported. The company has sparked fears of contagion since September, upon warning that it could default on its debts of more than $300 billion. Several other real estate developers are also in trouble.Though “Chinese authorities have introduced measures to cool down property markets,” there is a risk that “financial vulnerabilities will continue to rise,” the Fed noted.The central bank warned that given the size of China’s economy and financial system, and its global ties, “financial stresses in China could strain global financial markets through a deterioration of risk sentiment,…

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China does not respect US anymore, says Donald Trump

Washington [US]: Former US President Donald Trump has said that the Joe Biden administration is ineffective and China does not respect the US anymore, media reports stated.President Biden had a telephonic conversation with Xi Jinping for the second time in September about which the White House clarified that the discussion was “part of the United States’ ongoing effort to responsibly manage the competition between the United States and the PRC,” reported Fox News. The White House said after the call that “the two leaders discussed the responsibility of both nations to ensure competition does not veer into conflict,” reported the news channel.However, Trump said that he does not think that Biden’s administration is effective.“I don’t think it is a good way to express it to China. It shows such weakness. We have shown such weakness,” Fox News quoted Trump as saying.“China respected this country…

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Debate on China dispute

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday demanded a debate on the state of affairs on the border with China in the Winter Session of the Parliament and an all-party delegation of MPs be taken to all the contentious border areas.Speaking to reporters here today, Owaisi said, “We demand a debate on the state of affairs on the border with China in the Winter Session of the Parliament. We also demand that an all-party delegation of MPs be taken to all the contentious border areas. It’ll allow us to reassert our sovereignty.” He further said, “I demanded this because Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the nation that the Chinese Army (People’s Liberation Army) has not invaded the territory of India and now this has been proven false. Today, the Chinese are sitting inside the territory of India. PLA is not withdrawing its…

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20 Chinese warplanes enter Taiwan’s air defence identification zone in 24 hours

Taipei [Taiwan]: Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defence (MND) has stated that 20 Chinese fighter jets intruded into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ) within the past 24 hours, reported local media.The ministry on Saturday evening stated that 10 Shenyang J-16 and six Chengdu J-10 fighter jets had infringed on Taiwan’s ADIZ. The 16 warplanes penetrated the southwest corner of Taiwan’s ADIZ, just northeast of the Dongsha Islands (Pratas Islands), reported Taiwan News. The ministry later on Sunday announced that four more J-16 fighter planes had violated Taiwan’s ADIZ. Similar to Saturday’s incursions, the four fighters entered the southwest corner of the ADIZ, again near the Dongsha Islands.Taiwan’s Air Force responded in both incidents by sending combat air patrol (CAP), broadcasting radio warnings, and tracking them with land-based anti-aircraft missiles. The incursions seen this weekend are the largest recorded in such a short timeframe in…

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Afghanistan’s acting FM discusses bilateral relations, trade with Chinese envoy

Kabul [Afghanistan]: Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi met with Chinese ambassador Wang Yu on Saturday and discussed bilateral relations and trade.“Acting FM Amir Khan Muttaqi met with China’s ambassador to Afghanistan, Wang Yu, on Saturday, the foreign ministry spokesperson said, adding the two discussed bilateral relations and trade,” Tolo News tweeted. Last month, the Taliban said Beijing has provided USD 1 million to Afghanistan and has promised additional humanitarian aid worth USD 5 million.Meanwhile, Chinese FM urged the US and the West to lift sanctions on the country.The meeting came amid Taliabn’s repeated appeal for wider international recognition. China is among the very few which seem to have started engaging with the outfit. Other members of the international community are taking a wait and watch approach.

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Pentagon report confirms China intruded in Arunachal Pradesh, Congress asks PM Modi to withdraw clean chit

New Delhi [India]: Congress national spokesperson Pawan Khera on Saturday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to withdraw the “clean chit” given to China that it has not intruded in Arunachal Pradesh since a report given by the Pentagon to the US Congress confirmed that the country has intruded 4.5 km within the territory of Arunachal Pradesh.The Congress spokesperson has further asked the Prime Minister to issue an apology and give a deadline to the country when the status quo ante of April 2020 would be restored across all our borders with China. “According to the 152-page report Military and Security Developments involving the People’s Republic of China 2021 given by the Pentagon to US Congress, it has been confirmed that China has intruded 4.5 km within Arunachal Pradesh’s territory and has constructed a village,” said Khera while addressing the media.“Today is the time PM…

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Beijing’s policies have destructive impact on Tibetan culture, Central Tibetan Administration tells Swiss council

Bern [Switzerland] : Sikyong Penpa Tsering, president of the Central Tibetan Administration, informed the Swiss National Council members that Beijing has imposed brutal policies on Tibet which have a destructive impact on Tibetan religion, culture, language, and identity.Tsering urged Swiss parliamentarians to raise the issue of Tibet, the Central Tibetan Administration said. ‘Sikyong’ Penpa Tsering is the president of the Tibetan government-in-exile based in Dharamshala, India.During the meeting with Swiss parliamentarians, he said Tibet has never been a part of China historically and the issue of Tibet’s environment and human rights is a matter of morality, not politics.He discussed plans and activities to amplify the Tibetan movement and the just cause of the Tibetan people, Central Tibetan Administration said.The developments Came as Sikyong Penpa arrived in Bern on 4 November.Upon his arrival in Bern, Sikyong went to the Switzerland National Council (Swiss Parliament) where…

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China sanctions 3 officials including Taiwan’s premier for inciting hostility

Beijing [China]: China on Friday sanctioned Taiwan’s premier and two other senior officials, accusing them of inciting hostility across the Taiwan Strait.China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Zhu Fenglian said Beijing will sanction people on a list of what it called “stubborn secessionists” in accordance with the law, reported NHK World. She said Taiwan’s Premier Su Tseng-chang, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and Legislative Speaker You Si-kun are among those who were sanctioned.They will be prohibited from entering China, including Hong Kong and Macao. Companies and sponsors linked to people on the list will not be allowed to make profits on the mainland, reported NHK World.Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council reacted sharply to the sanctions. It said, “We do not accept intimidation and threats from an autocratic and authoritarian region.”The council said it will take countermeasures if China tries to destroy Taiwan’s democracy and freedom, reported NHK…

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China lodges protest with US over criticism of nuclear build-up

Beijing [China]: Beijing on Friday lodged a protest with Washington, over a Pentagon report on military development which claimed that China has expanded its nuclear force at a high pace.“China has lodged solemn representations with the US over its groundless accusations about China’s nuclear arsenal in a Pentagon report and interference in China’s domestic affairs including Taiwan question,” said Wu Qian, spokesperson for China’s Ministry of National Defense. “The Pentagon report is full of bias and distorts China’s defence and military strategies to hype the “China threat,” Wu was quoted as saying by Global Times.The Pentagon’s report titled “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China (PRC) 2021”, said that “the accelerating pace of the PRC’s nuclear expansion may enable the PRC to have up to 700 deliverable nuclear warheads by 2027.“The PRC likely intends to have at least 1,000 warheads by…

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China shuts roads, playgrounds due to heavy pollution

Beijing [China]: China on Friday was forced to close highways and school playgrounds in the capital city Beijing due to heavy pollution.This comes as China ramps up coal production and faces scrutiny of its environmental record at international climate talks. The Beijing municipal government has issued a yellow alert for heavy air pollution which came into force from 4 pm Thursday, Xinhua news agency reported. Under the country’s warning system for air pollution, red is the most severe warning. This is followed by orange, yellow and blue.According to the city’s weather authorities, unfavourable weather conditions are blamed for the smog blanketing Beijing and neighbouring regions from Wednesday to Saturday.China, considered among the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, has ramped up coal output after supply chains in recent months were roiled by an energy crunch owing to strict emissions targets, English-language newspaper Bangkok Post…

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US Senators propose aid package to support arms purchases by Taiwan

Washington [US]: Amid the increasing Chinese military aggression, several high ranking US senators have introduced the “Taiwan Deterrence Act,” to boost deterrence across the Taiwan Strait and strengthen its ability to defend against China’s coercion.This legislation authorises USD 2 billion a year for Taiwan in Foreign Military Financing, subject to Taiwan meeting certain conditions, US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations said in a statement. The Taiwan Deterrence Act, proposed by Republican Senators Jim Risch, Mike Crapo, Bill Hagerty, Mitt Romney, John Cornyn and Marco Rubio, calls for amendment in the US Arms Export Control Act to better facilitate arms transfers to Taiwan.It also calls for an annual assessment on Taiwan’s efforts to advance a credible defence strategy vis-a-vis China. “The defence of Taiwan is critical to the future peace and security of the entire Indo-Pacific region,” said Risch.“This legislation authorizes USD 2 billion a…

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India to hold NSA-level meet on Afghanistan on Nov 10; Pak won’t attend, China yet to confirm

New Delhi [India] : India is set to host the regional security dialogue on Afghanistan on November 10, a meeting that will be conducted at the national security advisor (NSA) level, sources said on Friday.NSA Ajit Doval will chair the meeting next week. India had formally invited the NSAs of Russia, Iran, China, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan for the conference.According to sources, there has been an overwhelming response to India’s invitation. Several countries including Russia and Iran have confirmed participation in the meeting, in which, not just Afghanistan’s immediate land neighbours are invited but also Central Asian countries are invited.The enthusiastic response is a manifestation of the importance attached to India’s role in regional efforts to promote peace and security in Afghanistan, sources said.Meanwhile, Pakistan has declined the invitation to the regional countries’ national security advisors meeting on Afghanistan being hosted by India.“Pakistan’s decision…

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Beijing slams US for refusing entry to students, fellows linked to military institutions

Beijing [China] : Beijing on Wednesday slammed Washington after US officials refused entry to many students and visiting fellows who had valid visas but were linked to military institutions.The remarks came from Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin who said that nearly 30 students and visiting scholars were repatriated following interrogation in August 2021, despite holding visas to enter the US, Radio Free Asia reported. “In August 2021 alone, nearly 30 Chinese students and visiting fellows to the US suffered similar unjust treatment, with many more reporting rough handling during harassment, interrogation, and searches,” Wang told a regular news briefing in Beijing.“Many of them were asked questions like if they or their parents are members of the Communist Party of China, and if they had been assigned any task by the Chinese government prior to their departure,” Wenbin added.The spokesperson also said that some…

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Chinese authorities force young monks to leave monasteries, go back home in Qinghai province

Beijing [China] : Amid Beijing’s crackdown on Tibetans, Chinese authorities in Qinghai province are forcing young monks to leave monasteries and sending them back to their homes.This move follows a Religious Affairs Regulation announced by China on October 1, Radio Free Asia reported citing sources. “Young monks in Jakhyung monastery and other monasteries in Qinghai have been forced to give up their robes and are being sent back home,” the source said.“Government officials are now inspecting these monasteries to make sure the regulation is being obeyed,” he added.“They are being told they can’t return to the monasteries or wear monks’ robes anymore, and whether they will now be sent to government schools or not is also unclear,” the source said.Meanwhile, the newly announced ‘rules’ were enforced on October 20 and the regulations say that monasteries in Qinghai may no longer admit underage boys as…

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US urges China not to restrict journalists’ freedom at Beijing Olympics

Washington [US] : The United States has urged China not to restrict journalists’ access and movement as they report on the 2022 Winter Olympics, local media reported.American officials, while not revealing whether the US would participate in the Games, said Washington would continue to raise concerns over China’s human rights issues, Voice of America (VOA) reported. “We urge PRC (People’s Republic of China) officials not to limit freedom of movement and access for journalists, and to ensure that they remain safe and able to report freely, including at the Olympic and the Paralympic Games,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said during Thursday’s press briefing.In a statement this week, Beijing-based journalists expressed deep concerns about “the lack of transparency and clarity” of Olympics-related reporting in China, VOA reported.According to VOA, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China said in a tweet that “over the last year,…

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Talks with Beijing impossible if Chinese Communist Party continues to threaten Taiwan, says official

Taipei [Taiwan]: Amid the increased security threats from Beijing, Taiwan’s National Security Bureau (NSB) Chief Chen Ming-tong said talks with China would be impossible while the country continues to threaten Taiwan with force.Chen’s comments came in response to the release of the US Department of Defence’s (DOD) China Military Power Report for 2021, which stated that China aims to match American military power in the Indo-Pacific by 2027, with the intention of forcing Taiwan to negotiate on its terms, Taiwan News reported. “Threats to intimidate Taipei to come to the negotiating table is a long-standing strategy of Beijing but it will not work,” Chen said.Chen added that the NSB has been paying attention to this approach for a long time and that it continually monitors the situation to identify potential points in time when China may try to leverage this pressure to realise its…

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Amid rivalry with China, Biden calls for strengthen US ties with Indonesia

Jakarta [Indonesia]: In an attempt to increase engagement in South Asia, US President Joe Biden on Monday said he is looking forward to strengthening ties with Indonesia, one of China’s largest trading partners in the region.Biden’s remarks came during his first in-person meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Scotland, Radio Free Asia reported. “I’m looking forward to building more on our bilateral relationship because we have so much that we can work together on and so much in common,” Biden said.“From addressing the climate crisis to ending the COVID-19 pandemic to upholding freedom of the seas, there’s no global challenge today that doesn’t benefit from Indonesia and the US working together,” Biden added.The US and Indonesian presidents also talked about freedom of navigation, economic cooperation, the political crisis in Myanmar, and the coronavirus…

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China-run Gold mine pollutes river in Laos, create hardship for people

Vientiane [Laos]: A Gold mine run by Chinese owners has polluted the river water badly in Sekong province of Laos, killing fish and fouling water used by villagers for drinking.“China’s Lao Kaleum Gold Mining Project began operations last year and has polluted local water sources ever since it was launched,” a resident from one of the affected areas informed Radio Free Asia on Tuesday. “The gold mining takes place on higher ground, and the waste flows down to a reservoir,” the villager added.The villagers have been demanding the authorities to restore the river to its normal condition.“The pollution has been affecting us since last year. We’re hoping that the company is now trying to improve the waste system,” another person from the Ateng region informed adding that “We residents of Ateng and Ka-Ouang villages are living in very difficult conditions.”The company managing the mine…

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Taiwan to boost reserve forces training amid growing tensions with China

Taipei [Taiwan]: Taiwan on Tuesday said it will boost the training of reserve forces by 2022 amid growing tensions with China.This comes as China has escalated its military activities near the island in recent times. Taiwan’s defence ministry noted that from 2022, the duration of mandatory refresher training for some reserve forces under the new program will be increased to 14 days from the current five to seven days in order to strengthen the defence capability of the reserve forces, Sputnik reported.The first week of the refresher training under the new program will be devoted to shooting training, while the total number of hours of shooting and the standards for the number of used cartridges will be elevated.The second week will be devoted to training actions in various combat situations, as well as mastering command skills and the ability of troops to follow orders.In…

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Tibetans say China’s climate action plan hurts livelihoods, rights of countrymen

Lhasa [Tibet], November 2: Tibetans have said that China is trying to strip them off their lands under the garb of climate mitigation efforts thus jeopardising the basic rights and livelihoods of the countrymen.Citing locals, Tibet Press reported that they were forced to give up ownership of their land as well as stopped from using grazing fields. They said that Beijing has started revoking land permits and confiscating farmlands and grazing grounds under the Grassland Preservation Policy. Water resources from Tibet take care of China’s water needs, which have caused Beijing to declare grasslands as national parks.All this has disrupted the lives and the livelihoods of Tibetan people, according to the media outlet.Tibet is a part of the Third Pole- Earths’ largest store of glaciers, ice and permafrost. Thus urbanisation and disrupting the traditional likelihoods in Tibet are going to have huge negative COP26…

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Russia likely to export new S-500 missile systems to India, China

Moscow [Russia] : Russia may supply its cutting-edge S-500 anti-aircraft missile systems to India and China in the future, Dmitry Shugaev, the director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), has said.Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that the country’s military will soon receive a first batch-produced S-500 missiles system. According to Shugaev, once enough of those systems is supplied to the national armed forces, Russia may export them to other countries. “We are considering India, as well as China and all the states with which we have old partner and predictable mutual relations, as future owners of this cutting-edge system,” Shugaev said in an interview with the RBC news outlet, adding that the FSMTC will consider each potential request individually.The S-500 Prometey is a next-generation surface-to-air missile system with a range of around 600 kilometres (370 miles), designed for intercepting…

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US-China trade war worsened amid COVID-19 pandemic, says Dy Chairman of Russian Security Council

Moscow [Russia]: The coronavirus pandemic only exacerbated the trade war between the US and China and provocations on the part of NATO have become more frequent, Sputnik reported citing Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev as saying.“The trade war between the United States and the People’s Republic of China was aggravated by ideological confrontation and finally turned into a kind of cold war. There are more open provocations now, in particular in Europe. Over the past year, it has become customary that NATO ships constantly approach the Russian borders in the Baltic and Black Seas, sometimes even violating them,” the Russian News Agency quoted Medvedev as saying. According to Medvedev, the “western sanctions policy did not undergo any changes amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” Sputnik reported citing Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper.“…the struggle with the peaceful commercial project Nord Stream 2 has only intensified.…

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Blinken to hold talks with Chinese Foreign Minister on the sidelines of G20

Washington [US]: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is set to meet with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday in Rome on the sidelines of the G20 Summit.These talks are set to hold amid a fresh row between the two global powers over Washington’s support for the “meaningful participation” of Taiwan in the UN. The meeting between the top diplomats is their first since a stormy session in the US state of Alaska in March during which the Chinese delegation berated Washington.Wang Yi on Friday said Taiwan has no future other than reunification with China, and it has no international legal status other than being part of China.Wang Yi said the US and some other countries could not stop the one-China principle 50 years ago, and they are much less likely to succeed in the 21st century. “If they persist, they will pay…

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China to join digital economy partnership agreement: Xi Jinping

Beijing [China] : China has decided to join the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement, President Xi Jinping said on Saturday.“China attaches great importance to international cooperation in the field of the digital economy and has decided to apply to join the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement,” Xi told the 16th G20 summit via video link, as quoted by the CCTV. China is ready to work with all parties for the healthy and orderly development of digital economy, the president added.

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Chinese citizens hit by soaring prices of vegetables

Beijing [China]: The soaring prices of vegetables has compelled Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MOA) to formulate emergency plans for disaster prevention and reduction in vegetable production at the earliest opportunity, in corresponding to the potential disruption posed by changing weather conditions and the upcoming La Nina phenomenon, which could bring a lower temperature than normal winters.The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MOA) has issued a notice to the authorities to ensure stable supply and prices of the vegetables as a response to soaring vegetable prices ahead of the Spring Festival and Winter Olympics, reported a local media. The prices of the vegetables have soared since last September due to the cumulative effect of severe weather, high production and transportation costs, power cuts and epidemic, reported the Global Times.The ministry has directed the local governments to monitor the production and…

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China has no military bases in Central Asia – Foreign Ministry

Beijing [China] : China reiterated on Friday that it has no military bases in Central Asia amid reports that the Asian giant plans to build a special base in the eastern part of Tajikistan for its interior ministry, according to the statement by the spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry.“I can explicitly state that China does not have any military bases in Central Asia,” Wang Wenbin told a briefing. The diplomat, however, did not give a direct answer to the question about Tajikistan’s statements that China will build a special base in the eastern part of the post-Soviet country for its interior ministry.The draft agreement worth USD 8.9 million for the construction of 12 buildings, including residential and administrative ones, as well as a water reservoir and two observation towers has been adopted by the Tajik parliament. The facilities are planned to span 3,550 square…

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China opposes any contact between US, Taiwan

Beijing [China] : China opposes any military and official contacts between the United States and Taiwan, as well as Washington’s interference in Taiwan’s affairs, the foreign ministry’s spokesman, Wang Wenbin, said on Thursday.The head of the Taiwan administration, Tsai Ing-wen, confirmed to CNN in a fresh interview that US troops are present on the island to train Taiwanese forces. Tsai also claimed that the threat from China is increasing every day and expressed confidence in Washington’s support in the event of an attack. “The US must adhere to the One China principle and provisions of three US-Chinese communiques. We strongly oppose any official and military contacts between the US and Taiwan, as well as US interference in China’s internal affairs,” Wang said at a briefing, stressing that the US-Chinese relations are based on the One China principle.

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Threat from Beijing is growing ‘every day’, says Taiwan’s President

Taipei [Taiwan]: Amid the rising tensions between the United States and China, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen on Tuesday (local time) said that the threat from Beijing is growing “every day,” and confirmed the presence of American troops on Taiwanese soil for training purposes.In an interview with CNN, Tsai said Taiwan, which is located fewer than 200 kilometers (124 miles) away from China’s southeastern coast, was a “beacon” of democracy that needed to be defended to uphold faith worldwide in democratic values. Beijing claims full sovereignty over Taiwan despite the island’s self-governance for over seven decades. Meanwhile, Taipei continues to counter the Chinese aggression by increasing strategic ties with democracies including the US.“Here is this island of 23 million people trying hard every day to protect ourselves and protect our democracy and making sure that our people have the kind of freedom they deserve,” she…

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Chinese tourists flock Tibet’s Lhasa amid COVID-19 surge in 11 Chinese provinces

Lhasa [Tibet]: Amid the resurgence of COVID-19 in China lately, Chinese tourists are rushing to Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. This comes at a time when the Chinese authorities have banned tourism in the areas outside Tibet, reported Radio Free Asia.China re-imposed fresh lockdowns amid rising COVID-19 infections, the country recorded more than 100 cases across 11 provinces over the last week, leading to the suspension of tourism ‘entirely’ in some locations, according to RFA citing the government sources. Lhasa has still been left open for tourism, confirmed the sources to RFA.“There is a huge number of Chinese tourists at the moment in Lhasa. The Barkhor [old town] area is especially full of Chinese tourists, who are taking pictures everywhere,” RFA quoted one of the sources who did not wish to be named.“It’s frightening to see such large crowds here when the pandemic…

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Activists protest in Tokyo over China’s human rights violations against minorities

Tokyo [Japan]: More than 50 activists on Wednesday representing different backgrounds held an hour-long protest outside the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo taking forward their call to Japan and the international community to hold China accountable for the human rights violations in Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong and Inner Mongolia.Protesting under the banner of 100 Days to the “#GenocideOlympics”, the activists highlighted the suppression of the democratic voices in Hong Kong by the Chinese authorities and urged the world community to boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022. The protesters further addressed the Chinese atrocities against the minority ethnic regions of the country and the “dangerously aggressive” military actions in the Taiwan Strait.The protest furthers opinion polls in Japan that concluded that almost 90 per cent of the people in Japan opine negatively of China.It is not often that Chinese actions are a part of the political…

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China rejects US call for Taiwan’s United Nations participation

Beijing [China]: Taiwan has “no right” to join the United Nations, China said on Wednesday after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called on the UN member states to support Taiwan’s “robust, meaningful participation throughout the UN system”.“The United Nations is an international governmental organisation composed of sovereign states. Taiwan is a part of China,” Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office in Beijing, said at a media briefing. Ma said the People’s Republic of China is the “only legal government representing the whole of China,” urging politicians in Taipei to abandon the idea of relying on Washington for independence.Blinken had on Tuesday called on United Nations member states to back Taiwan’s “meaningful” participation in the UN system amid China’s continued efforts to limit the island’s international participation.“…We encourage all UN Member States to join us in supporting Taiwan’s robust, meaningful participation throughout…

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India expresses concern over China’s new Land Boundary Law

New Delhi [India]: India on Wednesday expressed concern over China’s new Land Boundary Law that Beijing adopted on Saturday for the protection and exploitation of the country’s land border areas.In response to media queries on China’s Land Boundary Law, the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Arindam Bagchi said, “China’s unilateral decision to bring about legislation which can have an implication on our existing bilateral arrangements on border management as well as on the boundary question is of concern to us.” “The passage of this new law (China’s Land Boundary Law) does not in our view confer any legitimacy to the so-called China-Pakistan “Boundary Agreement” of 1963 which the Government of India has consistently maintained is illegal and invalid agreement,” said Bagchi.The new Chinese law will take effect on January 1, 2022. Lawmakers approved the law at the closing meeting of a…

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K’taka’s guidelines for int’l travel

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Karnataka government has issued a new set of guidelines for international passengers arriving in the state. Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] : According to the notification issued on October 25, passengers coming from countries including the UK, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand and Zimbabwe would need to follow additional measures on arrival in India, including post-arrival testing. As per the new guidelines, all passengers planning to travel to Karnataka have to submit a self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal before the scheduled travel.“They are also supposed to upload a negative RT-PCR COVID test report on the portal, conducted within 72 hours prior to the journey. Each passenger should also submit a declaration with respect to the authenticity of the test report. Finally, they should provide an undertaking at the portal or to the…

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Taliban say it will form committees with China for “strengthening” bilateral relations

The Taliban have said that it will form three separate joint committees with China to facilitate “strengthening” bilateral relations, reported local media. Kabul [Afghanistan] : Zabiullah Mujahid, the spokesperson for the Taliban, said that the committees were mutually agreed upon during its acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Motaqi’s meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Doha on Tuesday, according to Khaama Press. The first committee will be dealing with political and diplomatic relations and issues, said Mujahid, adding, the second committee will be assigned to follow up with bilateral cooperation and making agreements, and the third committee will be addressing economics among them excavation of mines in Afghanistan.Stating that China announced USD 1 million in humanitarian aids to Afghanistan, Mujahid said that Beijing also announced food ingredients and medicine worth USD 5 million.Earlier on Monday, top Taliban leaders met with Chinese Foreign Minister…

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Russian Navy ships enter Sea of Japan after circling archipelago with Chinese warships

Tokyo [Japan]: Five Russian Navy ships entered the Sea of Japan through Tsushima Strait after sailing around most of the Japanese archipelago with Chinese ships, the Japenese Ministry informed on Monday.The ministry is analysing the reason behind the latest development. The 10 Russian and Chinese ships are believed to include vessels that took part in a joint drill conducted by the two countries in the Sea of Japan in mid-October, according to the ministry. The Maritime Self-Defense Force spotted five Russian navy ships sailing in a northeasterly direction some 140 kilometres southwest of Tsushima, in Nagasaki Prefecture, at around 10 p.m. on Saturday and they later entered the Sea of Japan, Kyodo News reported.At around 10 a.m. on Sunday, a helicopter was seen taking off and landing on a frigate, one of the five Russian ships, some 60 km northeast of Tsushima.Defense Minister Nobuo…

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Beijing tightens curbs on inbound travel as COVID-19 cases surge

Beijing [China]: Amid the renewed surge of COVID-19 cases in China, Beijing is set to tighten its management and control on personnel entering the capital city.Beijing on Sunday reported five more confirmed infections and one silent carrier amid pressure from both external import and internal resurgences of COVID-19, English-language Chinese newspaper Global Times reported. Six COVID-19 infections are related to recent flare-ups in other provinces, the report added.Earlier today, the National Health Commission of China anticipated the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases that resurged in the country lately.The state media reports said that the latest surge in the cases has been triggered by the Delta variant. Most of the infections that spread in nearly 11 provinces since October 17 have been found to be due to cross-region tourism activities.Deputy Director of the NHC, Wu Liangyou said that the epidemiological investigations of the…

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Niti Border road connecting India-China border reopens after closure

Chamoli (Uttarakhand) [India]: The Niti Border road connecting the India-China border in Joshimath city of Chamoli district of Uttarakhand has been reopened once again for vehicular movement following rains and landslides.As per the information shared by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) on Sunday, the vehicular movement on the Niti border road has started once again which was stopped in August due to recurring landslides in the area. “We are facing difficulty in opening the road because of the recurring landslides. The pedestrian movement has also been blocked. We are taking the help of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to make an alternative way for people. The rescue operation is underway,” BRO had said earlier in a statement.

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2 killed, 7 injured in blast in China’s Liaoning province

Dalian [China] : Two people were killed while seven others were injured after a gas explosion in a residential building of Dalian, northeast China’s Liaoning Province on Sunday, as per local media.The explosion occurred at 5.30 am in a residential building in Wensheng Community, Wafangdian, a region that is administrated by Dalian, reported Global Times. A video circulated online showed it was a five-story building. Slews of black smoke and open flame were seen at the top of the building after the blast. Roofs and walls on the top floor of the building have collapsed.Global Times also reported that Dalian’s fire brigade said that the explosion occurred on the fifth floor. A total of 28 people were living in the building. The fire brigade dispatched eight firefighting trucks and 40 fire fighters to the scene for rescue work.The flame has been extinguished and search…

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India should focus on ‘SAGAR’ to foster maritime ties, convince neighbours against ‘debt trap’, says CDS Rawat

Guwahati (Assam) [India]: Amid efforts by China to increase its footprint in the Indian Ocean, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat said that India should focus on Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR) initiative to foster its relations with its maritime neighbours.“Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a clarion call that India believes in SAGAR – Security and Growth for all. We have to continue to move in that mission. We should not allow this mission to go back in any way. We must make sure to tell our neighbours that we are here as friends, we are here to engage with you on equal terms, we consider all our neighbours as equals, partners in the development of this region,” Rawat told the media on the sidelines of an event here. He said that China uses money power…

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Chinese, Russian naval vessels pass together Osumi Strait for 1st time

Tokyo [Japan]: Chinese and Russian naval vessels have passed together through the Osumi Strait off Japan’s southwestern prefecture of Kagoshima, the Japanese defence ministry said on Saturday.It is the first time the Japanese ministry has confirmed a flotilla of Chinese and Russian vessels going through the strait, located between the Osumi Peninsula and Tanegashima Island, Kyodo News reported. The Osumi Strait is a strait between Honshu and Hokkaido in northern Japan connecting the Sea of Japan with the Pacific Ocean. With the passage, the flotilla almost made a circle around the Japanese archipelago, prompting the ministry to exercise vigilance against the unusual activity of the two countries.After transiting the strait, the warships entered the East China Sea, according to the ministry. Meanwhile, the Chinese defence ministry said that Russian and Chinese warships conducted the first joint patrol in the Pacific Ocean.“The tasks of the…

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4 killed, 3 injured in chemical plant explosion in China

Beijing [China] : Four people were killed and three others injured after an explosion rocked a chemical plant in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region late Friday, according to local authorities.The blast took place at around 11:00 pm Friday at a workshop of a chemical plant in Bayan Obo industrial park in Alxa League (prefecture). The fire caused by the blast was put out early Saturday. The legal representative of the firm has been held by the local public security authorities and the company is halting production.The regional government has set up a team to investigate the cause of the accident.

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US escalating tensions by inciting Taiwan independence: North Korean foreign ministry

Pyongyang [North Korea]: North Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Pak Myong Ho has accused the United States of escalating the situation in the Asia-Pacific Region by inciting the independence of Taiwan.On Thursday, US President Joe Biden said in a CNN town hall meeting that the United States would come to Taiwan’s defense if it came under attack by China. “Recently, the US is building up military tension by inciting independence of Taiwan, which is an inseparable territory of China. This year alone, the US dispatched all kinds of battleships into the Taiwan Straits on the plea of ‘freedom of navigation’ whenever the occasion called. Some time ago, it even mobilized a battleship of its ally only to escalate tension in the Taiwan Straits,” Pak said, as quoted by the KCNA news agency.China recently sent close to 150 military aircraft, including fighter jets and bombers, near…

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US urges China to transform approach towards trade, embrace market policies

The United States on Friday called on China to take steps to transform its approach to trade and embrace market policies as was anticipated when the country joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) two decades ago. Washington [US] : “Looking back over the 20 years since China’s accession to the WTO, these members noted that China and its economy have greatly benefited from China’s WTO membership, but China has not taken the anticipated steps to transform its state-led, non-market approach to trade and the economy. These members, therefore, called once again for China to embrace open, market-oriented policies,” said US Trade Representative (USTR) in a statement. Problems with China’s trade regime identified by WTO members include policies that skew the playing field against foreign competition, preferential treatment of state-owned enterprises, forced technology transfer and inadequate regulatory transparency, the statement said.Almost all of the aforementioned…

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Army brass to discuss China-Pak

At a time when Pakistan and China have heightened activities along the borders, top Indian Army brass would be discussing the ways to deal with the security situation during the Commanders’ conference on Monday. New Delhi (India) : The meeting would be happening at a time when the Pakistan Army is violating ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) and attempting to infiltrate terrorists into India, whereas the Chinese have also continued to deploy their troops along with the eastern Ladakh sector. “The Army commanders’ conference would start deliberations on the present situation along the Northern borders with China and the Pakistan Army actions in support of terror groups on the western front,” government sources told ANI.The Army commanders are also expected to take up the issue of Pakistan Army and ISI activities in Punjab and adjoining areas along with the other security challenges…

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Rahul Gandhi: ‘Made in India’ is Jumla

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday accused the Centre of “doublespeak” over the reports of an increase in trade deficit with China and dubbed the “made in India’ slogan as ‘jumla’ (rhetoric). New Delhi [India] : Citing a media report, Gandhi tweeted, “The Usual Doublespeak. #MadeInIndia #Jumla.” Gandhi’s remarks came after Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla on Thursday noted that despite the growth in the volume of the trade between the two neighbours, the trade deficit has increased and the imbalance has widened.Speaking at a seminar on “Leveraging China’s Economy”, Shringla also raised concern about the trade imbalance that has continuously been widening despite growth in the overall volume of the trade.“Our trade deficit concerns are two-fold – the first is the actual size of the deficit. The trade deficit for the nine months period stood at USD 47 billion. This is the largest trade…

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China continues to violate obligations, abuse international bodies

Hong Kong : China is continuously violating international obligations and has been involved in the abuse of international bodies through its political, economic clout and unconstrained power, a media report said.Beijing has imposed ever more stringent measures against its minority communities and Chinese dissidents and has even signed extradition treaties with 59 nations, of which 39 are ratified. The country has misused the treaties to bring back Uyghurs, Tibetans and other Chinese dissidents from other countries, reported Hong Kong Free Press. The communist regime has also been involved in misusing Interpol’s Red Notice system by issuing politically motivated “red notice”-seeking the arrest and extradition of Chinese dissidents and others whom China deems problematic, the Hong Kong Free Press report said.In 2015, China had issued 100 notices while in 2016, the number surged to 612.Using Interpol as a mechanism to bring back dissidents from other…

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Pakistan: Delay in CPEC projects may deepen mistrust among Chinese investors

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Several projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor have been facing delay due to unresolved issues as the Pakistan government is not being able to resolve the impending matters which may deepen mistrust among Chinese investors.The Pak-China Steering Committee, in the third review meeting on the status of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, discovered the non-implementation of most of the orders passed in August, reported a local media. According to The Express Tribune, the meeting was chaired by the Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar.The orders by the steering committee were not implemented by the Ministry of Energy, reported Tribune citing the attendees of the meeting on Wednesday.The deadline for the Power Division to come up with a policy to sort out the delay in the beginning of “commercial operations” of as many as five CPEC power projects was set to…

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Biden pledges to defend Taiwan if China attacks

Washington [US]: US President Joe Biden on Thursday (local time) said that the United States would come to Taiwan’s defence if it came under attack by China.Addressing a CNN town hall meeting, the President said: “Yes, we have a commitment to do that.” He made these remarks when asked if the United States would defend Taiwan if China attack the country. Biden had been asked by an audience member about China’s recent testing of hypersonic missile and questioned him about whether or not the United States would stand up to China.“Don’t worry about whether they are going to be more powerful,” Biden said after reaffirming that the rest of the world “knows” that the United States has the most powerful military in the world, reported Fox News.The President also dismissed the idea that he wants to start another cold war with China.“I don’t want…

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India’s trade with China has increased but deficit has widened: Foreign Secretary

New Delhi [India]: Amid ongoing border tensions between India and China, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Thursday noted that despite the growth in the volume of the trade between the two neighbours, the trade deficit has increased and the imbalance has widened.Speaking at a Seminar on “Leveraging China’s Economy”, Shringla also raised concern about the trade imbalance that has continuously been widening despite growth in the overall volume of the trade. “Our trade deficit concerns are two-fold – the first, is the actual size of the deficit. Trade deficit for the nine months period stood at USD 47 billion. This is the largest trade deficit we have with any country. Second, is the fact that the imbalance has continuously been widening,” said Shringla.“We have highlighted that widening deficit and increase in trade barriers are issues of concern. These have been regularly flagged at…

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1 killed, 33 injured in gas explosion in China’s Liaoning

Shenyang [China] : At least one person was killed and 33 were injured in a gas explosion in a restaurant in Shenyang city of China’s Liaoning Province, local media reported on Thursday.According to Global Times, the injured have all been taken to hospital and further investigation is underway. As per video footage that has emerged on social media appearing to show the aftermath of the deadly blast that ripped through the building today morning.It shows a street that has been filled with rubble and a building.

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EU calls to deepen ties with Taiwan amid growing threats from China

Taipei [Taiwan]: The European Union (EU) on Tuesday expressed to enhance ties with Taiwan and said the union has to address China’s assertiveness and attempts to intimidate Taiwan’s like-minded partners.The remarks came from EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager at a European Parliament plenary session focused on Taiwan-EU relations, Taipei Times reported. “While enhancing ties with Taiwan, the EU has to address China’s assertiveness and attempts to intimidate Taiwan’s like-minded partners,” Vestager said in her remarks.Vestager also pointed at China’s increasing military presence in the Taiwan Strait, including flying missions off the southwest coast of Taiwan.“This display of force may have a direct impact on European security and prosperity,” she said, adding that the EU encourages all parties to avoid any unilateral actions that might increase tensions across the Strait.During her remarks, Vestager also expressed that the Europeans will continue voicing the concerns related…

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“Fully prepared for any challenges on LAC”

New Delhi [India]: Amidst the ongoing tussle along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on the India-China border, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Bipin Rawat assured the members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that India is fully prepared for any challenge along the LAC.When CDS was asked in the PAC meeting on Wednesday about the unrest in the Ladakh region along the LAC and if we are ready to deal with unforeseen situations, he replied, “India is fully prepared on the LAC and we are well equipped. We are in a position to give a strong reply,” as per a member who did not want to be named. The official agenda read that the meeting was called for, “Oral evidence of the representatives of Ministry of Defence on the subject ‘Provisioning, Procurement and issue of High Altitude, Clothing, Equipment, Ration and Housing’ based…

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Denmark Open: Mix doubles pair of Ponnappa, Satwik lose to Chinese duo

Odense [Denmark]: Indian mix doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy on Wednesday lost in the first round of the ongoing Denmark Open.The Indian pair lost against China’s Feng Yanzhe and DU Yue by 17-21, 21-14, 11-21 here at Court 2. Earlier on Wednesday, the Indian duo of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy got defeated by South Korea’s Lee Sohee and Shin Seung-chan 17-21, 13-21 here at Court 1.The women’s doubles pair of Jakkampudi Meghana and S Ram Poorvisha also lost their game against the Indonesian duo by 8-21, 7-21, at court 2.In other matches, Indian shuttler Sourav Verma will be taking on his compatriot Lakshya Sen while in women’s singles Saina Nehwal will square off with Aya Ohori.

Corona Updates

China’s Gansu province reports 4 confirmed COVID-19 cases

Gansu [China] : Northwest China’s Gansu Province reported four new locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases between Tuesday and Wednesday.The four people, three from the provincial capital Lanzhou and one from the city of Zhangye, are all close contacts of a previously confirmed case, according to a statement from the provincial health commission. The province has registered a total of eight locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases and two asymptomatic cases since new local infections were reported Tuesday.On Wednesday, local authorities temporarily closed three popular grottoes including a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Mogao Grottoes, to visitors in efforts to contain the spread of infections.

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Army weapons to tackle China

After the Chinese troops used barbed clubs and tasers against the Indian security forces in the Galwan valley clash, Indian security forces have also now been provided non-lethal weapons to tackle the Chinese during violent face-offs along the Line of Actual Control. Noida (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : A start-up firm in Noida said soon after the Galwan valley clash, it was tasked by the Indian security forces to provide them equipments to be able to tackle the Chinese and they have provided them solutions in the form of non-lethal weapons inspired by the traditional Indian weapons like the ‘Trishul’ of Lord Shiva. “We were asked by the Indian security forces to develop non-lethal equipment after the Chinese used wired sticks and tasers against our soldiers in the Galwan clash. We could also see the Chinese showing their traditional weapons during deployments,” Mohit Kumar, Chief…

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China chides US, Canada for sending warships through Taiwan Strait

Beijing [China]: Chinese military condemned the United States and Canada for sending warships through the Taiwan Strait last week and said that the two countries’ provocative actions have seriously jeopardised the peace and stability across the waterways.The Taiwan Strait is a 180-kilometre-wide strait separating the island of Taiwan and continental Asia. It is one of the most heavily policed strips of water in the world, patrolled by both Chinese and Taiwanese navy and coastguard vessels. The US Navy destroyer USS Dewey (DDG-105) and the Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Winnipeg sailed through the Taiwan Strait on October 15.In a statement, a spokesperson of the Chinese PLA Eastern Theater Command said that the Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) sent its naval and air forces to track and monitor the two warships in the whole course.“Taiwan is a part of China.…

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Pakistan blacklists Chinese firm, bars participating in all tenders over forged documents

The firm has been blacklisted over allegations of preparing and submitting forged documents to the department concerned during the bidding of a project, Dawn has learnt. Islamabad ( Pakistan ): Pakistans National Transm­ission and Despatch Company (NTDC) has blacklisted a Chinese firm and barred it from participating in all tenders process for a month, Dawn reported. The state-owned subsidiary of the Ministry of Energy (Power Division) blacklisted the firm over allegations of preparing and submitting forged documents to the department concerned during the bidding of a project, Dawn has learnt. “(The Chinese firm) is hereby blacklisted and barred from participating in all NTDC bidding/tender process with immediate effect for a period of one month on account of submitting forged and fake documents,” reads a letter issued a couple of days ago from the office of the NTDC general manager. “However, this office order will…

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China tests nuclear-capable hypersonic missile: Report

Beijing [China] : China allegedly carried out its first-ever test of a “nuclear capable hypersonic missile” taking by surprise US intelligence, according to a report in a UK-based newspaper.Citing the UK daily, NHK World reported that China carried out a test on a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August. According to the newspaper, the missile flew through low-orbit space before cruising toward its target.It missed the target but the test is said to show “astounding progress” by China on hypersonic missile technology that “caught US intelligence by surprise”, reported NHK World.The US and Russia have also been working on hypersonic missiles. Such weapons fly at five times the speed of sound and can manoeuvre during flight, making them harder to track.Experts say full development of such technology by China would impact the missile defense systems of the US and Japan, reported NHK World.

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At Glasgow climate summit spotlight on biggest emitter China

At the upcoming Glasgow climate summit the spotlight will be on China, which is the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gas. (GHG). The 13 day-long conference is scheduled to begin on October 31. Fabien Baussart, writing in a blog post of The Times of Israel said that Despite the country’s plans to become carbon neutral by 2060, its domestic coal production has nearly tripled since 2001. If one draws a comparison between China on one hand and the US and Europe on the other hand, the amount of coal produced in the United States and Europe have roughly halved over this time, added Baussart. Tel Aviv [Israel]: China accounted for more than half of the 7.7 billion tonnes of coal produced globally in 2020, dwarfing the contributions of the next biggest producers (‘World’s biggest coal producers’).With less than three weeks to go for the…

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China poses serious political, economic, security, technological challenges to EU

Brussels [Belgium] : The European Union (EU) parliament published an 18-page resolution on a new EU-China strategy on September 16 whose fundamental message was that Beijing poses serious political, economic, security, and technological challenges to the group.Di Valerio Fabbri, writing in Geopolitica.info said that quite aptly, the resolution was released soon after the United States announced the creation of a new alliance with the United Kingdom and Australia (AUKUS). The fundamental message of the resolution is that “China is asserting a stronger global role both as an economic power and as a foreign-policy actor, which poses serious political, economic, security and technological challenges to the EU. In turn, this has significant and long-lasting consequences for the world order and poses serious threats to rules-based multilateralism and core democratic values.”True to its core values, the EU also highlighted every aspect of the complicated relationship with…

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‘Centre failed to stop China’

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President Asaduddin Owaisi on Friday alleged that the Centre “failed to stop Chinese soldiers” at borders. New Delhi [India]: Owaisi, while slamming the recent speech of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) supremo Mohan Bhagwat, tweeted, “PM Modi failed in stopping Chinese soldiers from coming into Ladakh, Sikkim, Arunachal and Uttarakhand. For all that false nationalism, Mohan didn’t utter a word about how our brave hearts were treated by the Chinese. Why so afraid?” “Bhagwat mentioned Muslim patriots like Ashfaqullah Khan and Muslims who had fought in the armies of Hindu Kings against so-called Muslim invaders. Ashfaqullah and Ram Prasad Bismil were great friends. Who destroyed such friendships in the name of Fatherland and Holy land?,” he added.Lauding the Muslim freedom fighters, the AIMIM chief tweeted, “The record of Muslim freedom fighters is such that even Mohan is compelled to praise…

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China’s power woes reveal a strategic weakness

New York [US]: China is facing an electricity crisis, forcing factories to reduce operations, power consumption, and leading to outright blackouts in some provinces, according to multiple media reports.China’s electricity shortage is testing the nation’s status as the world’s capital for reliable manufacturing and exposing a strategic weakness. According to The New York Times, power shortage has prompted authorities to announce a national rush to mine and burn more coal. Interestingly, this decision has come under the scanner due to previous pledges to curb emissions that cause climate change. “We will make every effort to increase coal production and supply,” Zhao Chenxin, secretary-general of the National Development and Reform Commission, China’s top economic planning agency, said on Wednesday.Depending on how much coal can be mined, China’s electricity shortage could call into question whether Beijing can deliver in the coming months the strong economic growth,…

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