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Eye On China

Not Sun Tzu or Confucius, Xi Jinping & elite Chinese politicians are reading this philosopher

The Chinese State has grown more and more authoritarian – behind that is a philosophy that stressed on State power, reward and punishment.

Communist Youth League—that’s where Xi sees a political challenge coming from. He’s taming it

Despite Xi’s attempts to eliminate the league faction's influence, the CYL remains a dynamic organisation which will continue to influence Chinese politics.

Dark tale of China’s sci-fi industry — how to remain on the right side of CCP’s censorship

It doesn't matter that the plot of a sci-fi book or film is fictitious, the CCP wants to ensure that the imagination of writers and filmmakers doesn’t run amok.

China-Solomon Islands deal marks a power shift. US paying for reluctance in Asia-Pacific

US’ Second Island Chain strategy is now at stake as Chinese military vessels venture further afield. Warnings by Australia, Japan could become prophecies.

First, Beijing failed to prevent Covid in Shanghai. Now, it’s struggling to censor criticism

The Shanghai lockdown isn’t just about the Covid-19 pandemic but also about the elite politics between the Shanghai and Beijing regions.

Praise for Imran, blame for India – how Chinese experts spin crises in Pakistan, Sri Lanka

So far, China has refrained from officially commenting on the situation in Sri Lanka and Pakistan – but there is growing chatter on news and Weibo, Baidu.

China’s worst air tragedy in a decade fuels conspiracy theories, claims of US involvement

The MU5735 crash that killed 132 Chinese is a tragedy, but there is no end to conspiracy theories in a world rife with disinformation. Weibo is replete with them.

Metaverse — the reason Xi’s crackdown on China’s tech industry isn’t working

Xi Jinping might be in for a rude awakening as tech industries hit by the policies under the ‘common prosperity campaign’ are now resisting suppression.

To make babies or not? That’s the dilemma in China as cost of raising kids soars & soars

The cost of childcare in China is now higher than US, France, Japan and Germany. Thanks to years of state-driven one-child policy and falling fertility rate.

Indian vloggers in China with millions of followers pander to stereotypes about ‘Asan’

Vloggers are overcoming the language barrier by translating everyday Indian life for a Chinese audience. A prominent Indian Weibo vlogger is Jaipur-based jeweller Manu.

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Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.


Indian Naval Air Squadron INAS 324 commissioned at Visakhapatnam | Twitter | @PBNS_India

India’s Eastern Seaboard gets its first naval air squadron INAS 324

With INAS 324, the Indian Navy's Eastern Seaboard will now operate a naval air squadron with HAL’s indigenously built Advanced Light Helicopter.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.