Thursday, 7 July, 2022

Topic: Beijing

Hong Kong’s future as financial center in jeopardy after Xi Jinping tightens restrictions

Situation looks dire with the annual economic growth forecast decreased, mainland's rigid Covid policies affects the city's competitive edge.

Big brother problem — Unlike India, China’s ties with our neighbourhood not marred by history

In ‘The China Factor’, Shantanu Roy-Chaudhury writes that while China’s strategic interests in India’s neighbourhood have increased, this has not been an entirely unilateral decision.

China eyeing ‘security pact’ with Pacific Island nations, floats 5-year action plan, says report

Reuters report details China 'plans' for cooperation with Pacific Island nations in policing, security, and trade, among other areas, ahead of Wang Yi's tour of 8 island nations.

China wants to restrict travel further, another Covid-Zero excess

As most of the world shifts to living with the virus, Beijing's stubbornness is harming its citizens.

‘Air worse than Beijing’ isn’t much of an insult anymore

These worse-than-Beijing episodes are likely to occur more and more frequently — not because London’s air is getting worse, but because Beijing’s has gotten so much better.

China reached out to India as it’s facing heat from US on Ukraine. But Wang Yi bungled

War was always a business enterprise for the US, and Ukraine is no different. But it doesn't outweigh the threat of a growing Chinese presence.

China’s concern on Afghanistan increases and a top Beijing watcher advises CCP on ‘war’

Beijing’s support to Taliban was initially a surprise. But China is back to dealing with an old problem in Afghanistan – the East Turkestan Islamic Movement.

‘I am not Chinese, I am Taiwanese’: Conversations in Mandarin and how both cultures differ

As a Mandarin language student in Taipei, I am often told I add ‘R’s to words like a Beijinger. ‘That’s not how we say it in Taiwan,’ my teacher says.

David Fincher’s ‘Fight Club’ gets new ending in China, sparking social media storm

Unlike original storyline, the Chinese version treats the 1999 movie's Project Mayhem undertaking as a thwarted & misguided attempt at criminality, giving authorities a win at the end.

Modi-Xi summits couldn’t stop India-China ‘strategic mistrust’, says ex-foreign secy Nirupama Rao

Nirupama Menon Rao, also former envoy to China & US, said Galwan incident impacted bilateral ties, but it won't be easy for India to go for 'surgical decoupling' with China.

On Camera


Mahendra Singh Dhoni sporting an Army insignia on his glove during the India-South Africa

MS Dhoni is the rainbow of Indian cricket, a cult figure who inspires youth across nation

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s honest self-assessment always put the interests of Indian cricket ahead of any desire to build a ‘legacy’ for himself.
Illustration by Soham Sen

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.


Nepali Gorkhas to be recruited in Indian Army through Agnipath scheme, here is how

Similar to terms for Indian soldiers, the Nepalis would be inducted for 4 years, after which only 25 per cent would be retained.

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.