Wednesday, 25 May, 2022

Topic: 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.

US to join Quad partners in move to curb illegal fishing in Indo-Pacific

The five-year initiative announced Tuesday aims to uphold a free and open Indo-Pacific by tracking dark shipping and fishing through radio-frequency and other technologies.

China’s coal expansion plans threaten to emit 6 million tons of methane a year

According to a Global Energy Monitor report, China has plans for 169 new and expanded coal projects. Methane has 84 times the warming power of CO2 during first 20 yrs in the atmosphere.

Beijing sees record number of Covid cases as lockdown woes continue

The city reported 99 cases for Sunday, up from 61 on Saturday with the case tally hovering around 50 a day.

China commences test flights at 1st ‘super-high plateau airport’ in Xinjiang region

The Taxkorgan airport is being built at a height of 3,250 m above sea level. Equipped with a 3,800-metre runway, the airport is designed to handle 1,60,000 passengers annually.

India to join US-led Indo-Pacific ‘economic arrangement’ next week, bloc aimed at taking on China

US President Joe Biden expected to extend to Prime Minister Narendra Modi an invitation to join Indo-Pacific Economic Forum when they meet in Tokyo next week for Quad Summit.

US Special Coordinator for Tibet Uzra Zeya meets Dalai Lama in Dharamshala

The Tibetan government-in-exile, in a press statement, said that during the brief audience, Zeya conveyed US President Joe Biden and the American people's greetings to the Dalai Lama.

‘Told to do by someone in cockpit’: Report says China Eastern plane crash was likely intentional

A Boeing 737-800 jet had plummeted from cruising altitude in a near-vertical descent to crash in the hills near the Chinese city of Wuzhou on 21 March.

Modi walked into dragon’s den in Lumbini. Why India wants to reclaim Nepal influence from China

Modi is the first Indian PM to go to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha. He also knows how close China has come through the Terai to India’s borders.

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US President Joe Biden speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on 16 August 2021. Biden defended his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan | Samuel Corum | Bloomberg

US blames failure to shut Pakistan border for Afghan defeat. India, please take note

The US could have used its coercive resources to compel Pakistan to shut down the Taliban’s transborder sanctuaries. It chose not to—costing its victory.
Vendors at a store selling edible oils at Begum Bazaar in Hyderabad, India| Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Modi govt to allow duty-free import of soybean, sunflower oil, cool surging prices

The government will permit purchases of 2 million tons each of the two vegetable oils per annum this fiscal year and the next, according to a notification by the finance ministry.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Australia's Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and US President Joe Biden at the Quad Summit, in Tokyo, Tuesday | ANI

Quad action against ‘illegal fishing’ may also target China’s Indo-Pacific ‘political activities’

Indo-Pacific Partnership for Maritime Domain Awareness will use advanced & integrated satellite imagery & technology to combat illegal fishing & 'dubious operations' of Chinese maritime militia.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.