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Significance of Xi Jinping’s meeting with former Taiwanese prez, Ma Jing-yeou

China sees democratic Taiwan as its own territory, a renegade region, to be merged with the mainland with force if necessary; Taipei rejects that assertion

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, shakes hands with former Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou as they meet in Beijing on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 in a bid to promote unification between the sides that separated amid civil war in 1949.(Ju Peng/Xinhua via AP)(AP)
Updated on Apr 14, 2024 09:33 AM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis

Biden and Xi's two-hour phone call sets the tone for future China-US relations

Despite discussing critical issues such as Taiwan and trade, Xi Jinping and Joe Biden emphasised the importance of cooperation and managing differences.

(FILES) US President Joe Biden greets Chinese President Xi Jinping before a meeting during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' week in Woodside, California on November 15, 2023. President Joe Biden and Xi Jinping spoke on the phone on April 2, 2024 in a new bid to manage tensions between the United States and China, with top US officials to head shortly to Beijing, officials said. (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Apr 04, 2024 08:28 PM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis

What’s behind the Katchatheevu island controversy?

PM Narendra Modi's tweet reignites Katchatheevu dispute between India and Sri Lanka.

Indian fishers boycotted the annual feast at St Antony’s Church this year to protest the arrest of members of the community by Sri Lankan authorities. (Kumanan Kanapathippillai)
Updated on Apr 03, 2024 04:55 AM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis, New Delhi

China renames 30 places in Arunachal Pradesh; Jaishankar says it means nothing

“If today I change the name of your house, will it become mine?” S Jaishankar said, asserting that Arunachal Pradesh was, is and will be a state of India

FILE PHOTO: The change in names of Arunachal Pradesh locations by China will not have any impact on the places in the Indian state but is a marker of the state of ties between the two neighbours. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Apr 01, 2024 06:56 PM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis

China’s annual conclave concludes with focus on boosting ailing economy

This year, unsurprisingly, the sessions marked sharper consolidation of President Xi Jinping-led CPC’s power and tightening grip on all facets of the Chinese life and society

Chinese Premier Li Qiang (right) passes by President Xi Jinping as they attend the closing session of the National People's Congress held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on Monday (AP)
Updated on Mar 12, 2024 06:22 AM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis

China unveils 5% growth target, ups defence budget

China’s annual military budget for 2024, which the prime minister said will increase by 7.2% to roughly 1.67 trillion yuan or $230 billion

China's President Xi Jinping (left) speaks with Premier Li Qiang during the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Tuesday. (AFP)
Updated on Mar 06, 2024 05:34 AM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis

How China lost the plot on population

In the end, not the CPC's policies but Chinese couples — women specifically — will decide whether to have more children or not

TOPSHOT - People are seen on a street in Beijing on January 17, 2024. China's population decline accelerated in 2023, official data showed on january 17, 2024, extending a downward streak after more than six decades of growth as the country battles a looming demographic crisis. (Photo by Pedro PARDO / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Jan 20, 2024 10:15 PM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis

China’s stake in Maldives leaves little room for diplomacy with India

Though India has had deeper historical and cultural ties with Male, China made rapid inroads into the island country with its infrastructure projects

Chinese president Xi Jinping with Maldives' president Mohamed Muizzu, in Beijing.(PTI)
Published on Jan 15, 2024 08:14 PM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis

As Taiwan prepares for polls, Xi Jinping issues a warning on reunification

The January 13 election will decide how Taiwan handles a belligerent Beijing’s threats – both economic and military — of merging it with the mainland

Taiwan President and Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate William Lai, from left, shakes hands with Taiwan's Nationalist Party presidential candidate Hou Yu-ih while Taiwan's Taiwan People's Party (TPP) presidential candidate Ko Wen-je stands by before the presidential debates at Taiwan Public Television Service in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2023. Taiwan will hold its presidential election on Jan. 13, 2024. (AP Photo/Pei Chen, Pool)(AP)
Published on Jan 02, 2024 08:44 PM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis

Premier Li Keqiang reflected the Communist Party’s human face

Over the past decade, Li ceded power within the CPC and as the leader that steered the economy: Instead of Li’s reform-focused policies, Xi’s statism took over.

China's former Premier Li Keqiang(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 02, 2023 05:25 PM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis

Xi Jinping carries out 2nd leadership shake-up in 3 months, sacks Li Shangfu

Besides sacking Li Shangfu, China’s National People’s Congress, also voted to remove former foreign minister Qin Gang from his position as state councillor

Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a presidential decree Tuesday to remove Li Shangfu as State Councillor and Minister of National Defence, and to remove Qin Gang as State Councillor (AFP)
Updated on Oct 24, 2023 08:37 PM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis

Australian journo Cheng Lei, detained by China for 3 yrs, back home: PM Albanese

Cheng Lei’s arrest coincided with the deteriorating ties between China and Australia following Canberra’s loud demand for an international probe into source of the Covid-19 pandemic

Australian journalist Cheng Lei speaks on the phone, on arrival at Melbourne Airport in Melbourne, October 11, 2023. AAP Image/Supplied by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. AUSTRALIA OUT. NEW ZEALAND OUT (via REUTERS)
Published on Oct 11, 2023 01:52 PM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis

Questions mount after China defence minister Li Shangfu’s absence

China's defence minister, General Li Shangfu, has not been seen in public for over two weeks, leading to speculation about his whereabouts.

China’s defence minister Li Shangfu attends the 20th IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore June 2, 2023. (REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 16, 2023 10:24 AM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis, New Delhi

Passing of G20 presidential gavel marks start of Delhi to Rio journey

India and Brazil on Sunday affirmed their common vision for global prosperity as Prime Minister Narendra Modi handed over the G20 presidential gavel to Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, in New Delhi on Sunday. (PTI)
Published on Sep 11, 2023 01:02 AM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis, New Delhi:

On G20 margins, push for UN reform

PM Narendra Modi and Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva have agreed to have “regular bilateral coordination meetings on Security Council Reform

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C) along with world leaders pays respect at the Mahatma Gandhi memorial at Raj Ghat on the sidelines of the G20 summit in New Delhi on September 10, 2023. (AFP)
Updated on Sep 11, 2023 04:27 AM IST
By, Sutirtho Patranobis

China remains silent after signing off on consensus doc

Neither Li, China’s second-ranking leader in the Communist Party of China’s hierarchy, at the summit instead of President Xi Jinping, nor his delegation offered any comment on the declaration

China’s G20 delegation was led by Premier Li Qiang (Twitter Photo)
Published on Sep 10, 2023 01:15 PM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis

As ‘Bharat’ on Modi’s table turns heads, a magazine for G20 guests explains name

The 24-page magazine, “Bharat: The Mother of Democracy”, has been produced specially for the summit to be distributed free among delegates and journalists

The “Bharat” country tag at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s table during his opening remarks at the G20 Summit grabbed attention on Saturday morning.
Updated on Sep 10, 2023 04:47 AM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis

G20 Summit set to commence in New Delhi

The Leaders’ Summit will comprise three key sessions — One Earth, One Family and One Future — besides other side events. President Droupadi Murmu will host a dinner in the honour of the G20 leaders later in the day

The event will showcase India’s readiness to host a wide range of events. (Arvind Yadav/ HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 09, 2023 09:23 AM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis

Crafts Bazaar to simulate an Indian shopping experience for G20 dignitaries, spouses, guests

A crafts bazaar has been set up at the G20 Summit venue in New Delhi, showcasing traditional handicrafts from across India. The bazaar features 30 stalls selling items such as Thanjavur paintings, Telia cloth, and Dhokra metalwork. The exhibition allows G20 Summit attendees to purchase handicrafts with historical and economic significance to India. The bazaar focuses on products identified under the government's one district, one product scheme, which aims to promote specific items from each district. Live demonstrations by artisans are also planned during the summit.

An artist at work at the Crafts Bazaar. (AFP)
Updated on Sep 09, 2023 12:38 AM IST
ByDeeksha Bhardwaj, Sutirtho Patranobis

Hopeful of consensus on G20 Summit’s joint communique: Top Indian diplomat

Differences between the West and Russia over the language to be used remains the primary hurdle against the New Delhi declaration

India’s G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant with foreign secretary Vinay Kwatra and Department of Economic Affairs secretary Ajay Seth during the G20 curtain raiser press conference in New Delhi (PTI)
Published on Sep 08, 2023 09:22 PM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis

China warns India on security ties with Taiwan after ex-chiefs visit island

Former army chief Manoj Naravane, navy chief Karambir Singh, and air chief RKS Bhadauria delivered talks in Taipei on August 8.

The Chinese foreign ministry’s delayed reaction to the visit comes in the backdrop of deeply strained Sino-India ties which have nosedived since the Galwan Valley clash in June 2020 (AP)
Updated on Sep 01, 2023 02:45 AM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis

How Barbie sparked the latest geopolitics tussle between China and Vietnam

Unforeseen political ripples occur when Barbie enters the South China sea dispute. The film's controversial map with the nine-dash line led to a ban in Vietnam

The talented actor-director Greta Gerwig’s summer blockbuster, the first live-action movie on the toy, Barbie, was banned in Vietnam(Film still)
Published on Jul 28, 2023 05:25 PM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis

Xi sacks China’s missing foreign minister after video leaks, reappoints Wang Yi

Speculation over the reasons behind Qin Gang’s disappearance - he was last seen at an event on June 25 - was immediately censored on China’s closely-monitored social media

China removed foreign minister Qin Gang and appointed Wang Yi (AP File)
Updated on Jul 25, 2023 08:46 PM IST
BySutirtho Patranobis

SCO summit: Xi calls for efforts to ‘safeguard regional peace’, ensure ‘common security’

Without directly referring to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the SCO, Xi Jinping said, should “…promote political settlement of international and regional hotspot issues, and build a solid barrier for regional security”

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit via video conference, on Tuesday. (ANI)
Updated on Jul 04, 2023 04:17 PM IST

China to send special envoy to Ukraine, Russia from Monday

China will send a special envoy to Ukraine, Russia and other European nations from Monday to discuss a “political settlement” to the war in Ukraine.

HT Image
Updated on May 12, 2023 03:29 PM IST
By, Beijing

China, Canada in tit-for-tat diplomat expulsion as ties plunge

Beijing’s retaliatory measure comes a day after Justin Trudeau’s government expelled Toronto-based Chinese diplomat Zhao Wei, accused of attempting to intimidate Canadian lawmaker, Michael Chong

A man walks past the entrance of the building where Canada’s consul general facilities are located in Shanghai, China on Tuesday. (AFP)
Updated on May 09, 2023 09:57 PM IST

US’ “erroneous words and deeds” to blame for state of ties: Chinese FM

China on Monday blamed the US for undermining ties, with foreign minister Qin Gang telling ambassador Nicholas Burns that bilateral relations have “encountered cold ice” because of a series of “erroneous words and deeds” by Washington.

Chinese foreign minister Qin Gang speaks at The Grand Halls in Shanghai in April 2023. (AP)
Updated on May 08, 2023 04:18 PM IST
By, Beijing

China ready to help Afghanistan stabilise, FM Qin Gang tells Afghan counterpart

Qin met Pakistani foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and acting foreign minister of the Afghan interim government Amir Khan Muttaqi over the weekend for the “China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue”

Chinese foreign minister Qin Gang (left), Pakistan’s foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari (centre) and Afghanistan’s foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi posing after a meeting in Islamabad, on Saturday. (AFP)
Updated on May 07, 2023 08:21 PM IST

Border ‘generally stable’, China tells India

Chinese foreign minister Qin Gang met his Indian counterpart, S Jaishankar, on the margins of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) foreign ministers’ meeting

Chinese foreign minister Qin Gang with his Indian counterpart, S Jaishankar. (Twitter)
Updated on May 05, 2023 08:31 AM IST

Chinese FM headed to Pakistan from India to meet Pak leaders, Taliban FM

China’s foreign minister Qin Gang will visit Islamabad from May 5 to 6 to attend the China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue in Pakistan.

Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang attends the opening ceremony of the Lanting Forum in Shanghai, China in April 2023. (REUTERS)
Updated on May 04, 2023 11:15 AM IST
By, Beijing
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