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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.

China’s Winter Olympics isn’t a sporting extravaganza. It’s invitation to an exclusive ‘club’

The conditions to join Xi Jinping's 'club' require one to support the ‘China model’ and avoid even thinking about its human rights record.

Chinese Tiger and Russian Bear together again? Beijing has openly picked side in Ukraine

As the Ukraine conflict soars, Chinese social media users say it’s time to liberate Taiwan too in a similar way.

South China Sea or Arunachal Pradesh – China is using lawfare to expand territory

China is trying to both expand its claim and escape the criticism of its nine-dash line policy with the ‘four sha’.

China now loves archeology. It has more to do with politics than excavations

Xi Jinping’s new Silk Road is being established through excavations as well. China wants to prove the reach of its history – from Tibet to Central Asia.

2022 Winter Olympics less than a month away, China’s zero-Covid policy is being tested

A journalist's diary documenting her lockdown experiences in Xi'an city was swiftly censored by China after people began comparing it to a diary on Wuhan lockdown.

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Tale of two ships – How Delhi is asserting Indianness of the Indian Ocean to China

A US Navy ship docked in an Indian port for the first time. And a Chinese ship couldn’t in Sri Lanka. New Delhi is finally pulling strings.
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‘We are cracking down’— how Modi govt plans to make it tougher for states to fund freebies

The Narendra Modi government is looking at ways to check states’ spending on handouts like free electricity and rations. The first step is to tighten the noose on state borrowings.


Representational image | Indian Army soldiers during the Army Day Parade at Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi | ANI Photo

Army looks to reduce troops by 2 lakh, deployment in Kashmir could be rejigged

The Army, which faces a shortage of about 1.35 lakh personnel, is aiming to reduce its strength from 12.8 lakh to around 10.8 lakh.

In Kashmir 3 years on, 3 positive changes, 3 things that should’ve happened & 3 that got worse

Kashmir as a crisis has fallen off our headlines and from the top of our collective minds. Which is precisely the most important change for the better.