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China Premier Li Keqiang bows out as Xi loyalists take reins

BEIJING — After a decade in Chinese President Xi Jinping’s shadow, Li Keqiang is taking his final bow as the country’s premier, marking a shift away from the skilled technocrats who have helped steer the world’s second-biggest economy in favor of officials known mainly for their unquestioned loyalty […]

China expands defense budget 7.2%, marking slight increase

China on Sunday announced a 7.2% increase in its defense budget for the coming year, up slightly from last year’s 7.1% rate of increase. That marks the eighth consecutive year of single-digit percentage point increases in what is now the world’s second-largest military budget. The 2023 figure was given […]

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh: India is not reliant on China for accessing rare earth minerals

The production of Monazite the primary source of rare earth mineral in India is around 4000 MT per annum: Dr Jitendra Singh DEC 14, 2022 Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic […]

EXPLAINER: Why are China’s COVID rules so strict?

BEIJING — At the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, China set out its “zero-COVID” measures that were harsh, but not out of line with what many other countries were doing to try and contain the virus. While most other nations saw the health and safety regulations as temporary until vaccines […]

World faces tension with China under Xi Jinping’s third term

BEIJING — The world faces the prospect of more tension with China over trade, security and human rights after Xi Jinping, the country’s most powerful leader in decades, awarded himself another term as leader of the ruling Communist Party. Xi has tightened control at home and is trying […]

China says protracted Ukraine crisis not in the interests of all parties

BEIJING, Sept 22 – An expanded and protracted Ukraine crisis is not in the interests of all parties, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Polish counterpart Zbigniew Rau on the sidelines of a United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York on Wednesday. China hopes that the […]

China dismisses Taiwan complaints on drone harassment

BEIJING/TAIPEI, Aug 29 – China’s Foreign Ministry on Monday dismissed complaints from Taiwan about repeated harassment by Chinese drones very close to Taiwanese-controlled islands as “not worth fussing about”, prompting Taipei to label Beijing as nothing more than thieves. Since China began war games and military drills near […]

China, India effectively managed, controlled differences – Wang Yi

BEIJING, July 7 – Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Indian counterpart on Thursday that both their countries had effectively managed and controlled their differences. Bilateral relations have generally shown momentum in recovery, Wang told Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on the sidelines of a G20 […]

India, China growing markets for shunned Russian oil

NEW DELHI — India and other Asian nations are becoming an increasingly vital source of oil revenues for Moscow despite strong pressure from the U.S. not to increase their purchases, as the European Union and other allies cut off energy imports from Russia in line with sanctions over its war […]

Biden has an eye on China as he heads to South Korea, Japan

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden departs on a six-day trip to South Korea and Japan aiming to build rapport with the two nations’ leaders while also sending an unmistakable message to China: Russia’s faltering invasion of Ukraine should give Beijing pause about its own saber-rattling in the Pacific. Biden departs […]

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