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File photo of China President Xi Jinping | Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Xi’s China has big tech and science plans. But is looking worldwide for talent

It is said Chinese innovators work with one hand tied behind their backs. That won’t help the country’s tech ambitions.
File photo of Wen Jiabao | Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

Former Chinese premier Wen Jiabao’s essay on his mother is rattling Xi Jinping’s China

Wen Jiabao was Chinese premier from 2003 to 2013. His essay on his mother is more than what Xi’s China can like, share, subscribe.

New China-Iran pact brings a headache for India. It’s not just another international deal

China's $400 billion deal with Iran comes at a time when the US is showing little signs of lifting the sanctions imposed on Iran. This is not good news for India.
Pedestrians wearing protective masks walk past an out of service traffic signal as the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building stands in the background in Mumbai on 12 October 2020 | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Don’t rush to give clean chit to China. Mumbai power grid failure is a strong warning

Future wars will be fought on cyber domain. Delay in response will allow Chinese cyber soldiers to infiltrate Indian systems so deeply that de-coupling would become impossible.
Chinese President Xi Jinping talks to local residents at Jinyuan community in Guanshanhu District of Guiyang, capital of southwest China's Guizhou Province, Feb. 4, 2021. | Photographer: Ding Haitao/Xinhua | Getty Images via Bloomberg

Don’t get fooled by Xi’s media blitz. China’s ‘zero poverty’ hides more than it reveals

China wants the world to believe its 'state-led development' has eradicated poverty. But as everything else with China, the reality is more complicated than what it seems.
Chinese President Xi Jinping talks to local residents at Jinyuan community in Guanshanhu District of Guiyang, capital of southwest China's Guizhou Province, Feb. 4, 2021. | Photographer: Ding Haitao/Xinhua | Getty Images via Bloomberg

Xi now wants to make China a tech superpower to end its dependence on West

The push to mobilise trillions of dollars could help China surpass the US as the world’s biggest economy this decade and cement Xi’s goal of turning the nation into a superpower.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur

Modi shouldn’t echo Xi’s policies because India isn’t China on so many levels

Market economies seeking private investment don’t function well without autonomous institutions, checks on executive excess, and freedom to express opinion without fear.
President Xi Jinping (centre) with other leaders of the Communist Party of China | Representational image: Reuters via ANI

Has India spoilt the party for China ahead of CCP’s 100th anniversary? What Xi won’t say

It seems as if the penny has finally dropped in Beijing that the Modi government isn’t giving in to China’s aggression.
Indian and Chinese armoured columns pulling back from Rechin La on the southern side of Pangong Tso Wednesday | Credit: Army

How India stood its ground and forced China to end Pangong Tso aggression

China’s realisation that India won’t back down — that this stand-off could last longer than it calculated — was a key factor in forcing Beijing to agree to disengagement at Pangong Tso.
File photo of Jack Ma, co-founder and former executive chairman of Alibaba Group | Commons

Jack Ma just has to survive Xi Jinping’s purge and return as China’s Gorbachev

It is unlikely that billionaire Jack, who was last seen publicly in late October 2020, would go into self-hiding. And even if he is ‘lying low’, it is only to dodge the Xi Jinping administration.

On Camera

If OIC diplomats spoke to Imran Khan freely on blasphemy, here’s what they’d say: Hoodbhoy

PM Imran Khan asked OIC envoys to convince the West that blasphemy against the Prophet hurts the world’s Muslims. This failure is causing endless trouble in Pakistan.
Health department officials at Majhgaon village in Chhattisgarh’s Bemetara district | By special arrangement

‘Worrying signs’: Covid hits rural India hard, it now has nearly half of all new cases

The total number of daily cases being reported across India is nearly 300 per cent higher as compared to last year, meaning they will exert pressure on rural health infrastructure.

Defence

Last rites being performed at the Brar Square Crematorium in the Delhi Cantonment | By special arrangement

These soldiers are serving 24×7 to cremate veterans, dependents succumbing to Covid

From 4 pyres at Delhi's Brar Square cremation ground, the infrastructure is being raised to deal with 20 bodies at a time due to the increased Covid toll.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint Team

Modi govt is in denial & India is back to being a flailing state

Modi government didn’t strengthen the foundations of basic governance in the last 7 years. Now, the PM has retreated and ministers are failing, adding to the Covid disaster.