Saturday, 21 May, 2022

Topic: China

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.

China blames prolonged Covid restrictions on unvaccinated elderly

Officials are using incentives like cash prizes, cooking oil, eggs and milk to convince seniors to get inoculated.

The West is tired of China’s power games. India could take advantage

From Covid to waning popularity of BRI, there is lots that is not in China's favour. India could step-up its game.

Restricting citizens’ entry-exit to targeting academia, China grows more authoritarian

China stopped issuing new passports for non-essential travel in 2021. Citizens have to come up with fake job offers to get a new passport.

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.

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.

On Camera


Title scene of Taarak Mehta ka ooltah chashmah.

Dear Taarak Mehta, you were our peak comfort content for 14 years. Now it’s time to retire

Just like the Truman Show, all Taarak Mehta plots somehow feel the same for the past few years. It's fine to accept that ideas can go stale.
File photo of chief economic advisor V. Anantha Nageswaran | Photo: Twitter | @FinMinIndia

Stock market turmoil, crypto craze proof of human ‘fear, greed’ says chief economic advisor

Speaking at India Ideas Conclave, organised by think tank India Foundation in Bengaluru, V. Anantha Nageswaran, also said India was now in position to deliver domestically-driven growth'.


File photo of a defence personnel armed with a SiG 716 rifle near the Line of Control | Photo: Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

India to ink ‘repeat order’ deal for 73,000 SiG 716 rifles from the US

In February 2019, 72,400 SiG 716 rifles of 7.62 x 51mm calibre were contracted from SIG Sauer Inc, USA, under government's 'Buy (Global) category', through fast track procedure.

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.