CHINA

  • China ready to sign friendship treaties with all neighbours: Xi Jinping 3 days ago

    Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday said that China stands ready to sign treaties of friendship and cooperation with all its neighbours to provide strong support for the development of bilateral relations as well as prosperity and stability in the region. Treaties of friendship have been signed with eight neighbouring...
  • US isolated as allies line up to join China-led bank 3 days ago

    Washington: US resistance to a Chinese-led Asian regional bank has left it isolated among its Asian and European allies and given some heft to China's frequent complaints that Washington wants to contain its rise as a world power. South Korea, one of America's closest friends in Asia, announced yesterday it will...
  • Sri Lanka's Sirisena meets China's Xi amid new look at ties 5 days ago

    Beijing: Sri Lanka's new president held talks on Thursday with Chinese leader Xi Jinping amid a push to recalibrate his predecessor's strongly pro-China policies and a review of major Chinese projects in the island nation. Maithripala Sirisena and Xi reaffirmed longstanding ties between their countries at the start of their meeting...
  • Sharp to slash employees' pay as part of cost-cutting drive: Report 5 days ago

    Bengaluru: Struggling Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp may reduce pay for its managers and other workers in fiscal 2015 to lower costs, the Nikkei reported on Thursday. Sharp, which has about 4,000 managers across its domestic group companies, may cut pay by 5 per cent for managerial staff and by about...
  • China begins crackdown on sexually explicit content on WeChat 5 days ago

    Beijing: China's Internet regulator issued on Wednesday new guidelines prohibiting sexual and vulgar content on Tencent Holdings Ltd's popular messaging app, the latest step in the agency's perennial campaign to clean up China's Internet. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said sexually explicit pictures and text, including nude photos and erotic...
  • India supports Russian resolution opposing benefits for same-sex partners of UN staff 5 days ago

    United Nations: At a time when there is a raging debate calling for decriminalising gay sex back home, India has supported a Russian-drafted resolution that opposed benefits for same-sex partners of UN staff but it failed to pass in the General Assembly committee. The Fifth Committee of the General Assembly, that...
  • China welcomes India's visa-on-arrival plan to its tourists 5 days ago

    Beijing: China on Wednesday welcomed India's plans to grant visa-on-arrival facility to Chinese tourists, but did not commit to a reciprocal gesture for Indians visiting the country in large numbers. "We welcome this," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said in Beijing. Hua was responding to reports from India that an...
  • Japan Prime Minister not to attend China's war parade: report 5 days ago

    Tokyo: Japan's prime minister is set to rebuff a prickly invitation to a Chinese military parade, a report said on Wednesday, as the former World War II enemies jockey over the telling of their shared history. Tokyo has not officially replied to Beijing's comments on the march, being held to mark...
  • Pakistan to purchase 4,000 MW of electricity from China 6 days ago

    Islamabad: Energy-starved Pakistan will purchase 4,000 megawatt of electricity from China to meet its power crisis, media reports said on Tuesday. The country has been hit by some of the worst power cuts in recent years, shutting businesses and enraging the domestic consumers. China has offered to export 4,000 MW of electricity...
  • PM Modi hopes for 'concrete' outcomes from China visit 6 days ago

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was looking forward to his visit to China to interact with the top leadership, hoping it will have "concrete outcomes" and take the bilateral relationship to a new level. This was told by Modi to Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi, who called on the Prime...
  • India will grow at 7.8% in 2015-16; surpass China: ADB 6 days ago

    New Delhi: India is all set to overtake China's growth rate by clocking 7.8 per cent GDP in 2015-16 and 8.2 per cent during the following fiscal on the back of structural reforms and government's "pro-investment" attitude, Asian Development Bank said on Tuesday. "India is expected to grow faster than China...
  • China says it agrees with India to maintain border peace 1 week ago

    Beijing: China and India have agreed to maintain peace and tranquility along their Himalayan border while they work on resolving a long-festering boundary dispute, China's foreign ministry said after talks in New Delhi. The talks are aimed at fixing a dispute over the border that divides Asia's largest nations, part of...
  • China to propose new code of conduct for Line of Actual Control in border talks with India March 23, 2015

    New Delhi: In the 18th round of border talks with India, China is likely to propose a new code of conduct for the Line of Actual Control. The talks hold political significance as these are the first round of negotiations after Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power. The talks are...
  • India will export defence material, train military personnel of 38 countries: Manohar Parrikar March 23, 2015

    Bhubaneswar: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday said India was planning to export defence materials and training military personnel of at least 38 countries. "At least 38 countries are sending their defence personnel for training in India. We are encouraging them. We are giving them more slots. We are also...
  • Chinese envoy to hold Himalayan border row talks in India March 22, 2015

    A Chinese envoy will hold talks in India from Sunday aimed at fixing a dispute about the Himalayan border that divides Asia's largest nations, part of a push to make progress on the festering row before Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits China. China's special representative, Yang Jiechi, will visit India from...
  • India, China to hold border talks in Delhi from Monday March 22, 2015

    Beijing/New Delhi: India and China will hold the 18th round of border talks in Delhi from Monday - the first round of negotiations after Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power last year - where the two sides are expected to focus on clarification of the Line of Actual Control...
  • Reuters websites blocked in China March 20, 2015

    Beijing: Reuters news websites were inaccessible in China on Friday, the latest Western news organisation to be blocked in a country where censors keep a tight grip over information. Attempts by people in China to open the agency's English- and Chinese-language websites returned only an error message saying that the page...
  • Modi's Jaffna visit interference in Sri Lankan affairs: Chinese think tank March 20, 2015

    Beijing: Terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Tamil-dominated Jaffna as "interference" in Sri Lanka's affairs, an official Chinese thinktank on Friday said the recent "incidents" in Sino-Lankan ties are sufficient to "merit Beijing's attention." "Modi's trip to Sri Lanka has courted attention from media outlets of many countries including...
  • Our strategic relationship with India has energised under Modi's leadership: US March 20, 2015

    Washington: The US remains heavily engaged with India and the strategic relationship between the two countries has energised under the new leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a top Pentagon commander has said. "Last year, India held the largest election in its history. With new leadership in place, India is...
  • Solar-powered plane lands in Myanmar on third leg of journey March 19, 2015

    Yangon: A solar-powered plane landed in Myanmar on Thursday night, the third leg of a round-the-world trip aimed at highlighting clean energy. Dozens of trees had to be cleared ahead of the Solar Impulse 2's arrival at the Mandalay International Airport for its giant mobile hangar and exhibition tent, said Taik...
  • Huawei becomes world's No. 1 in international patent filings March 19, 2015

    Beijing: Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies became the world's No. 1 applicant for international patents in 2014, a United Nations agency said Thursday, underscoring the innovative strides made by Chinese technology companies. Huawei was followed by San Diego-based chipmaker Qualcomm while Huawei's crosstown rival ZTE, which was the world's leading applicant...
  • Yahoo shuts down R&D centre in China to cut costs March 19, 2015

    Beijing: Yahoo is closing its Beijing research and development center and leaving China in a new cost-cutting move. The company said Thursday the Beijing office's functions would be consolidated in other locations. It gave no details of how many people would lose their jobs but said they would be "treated with...
  • Modi pips Xi Jinping in handling domestic, international affairs: Survey March 19, 2015

    Beijing: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pipped Chinese President Xi Jinping to secure the top rank in handling domestic and international affairs in a global survey conducted by a Chinese firm. In the China's National Image Global Survey 2014, conducted in nine countries - the US, UK, Australia, Japan, South...
  • Bhutan-India ties role model political relationship: Bhutan PM Tobgay March 19, 2015

    Washington: Describing ties between India and Bhutan as a "model relationship", Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said trust, cooperation and confidence have helped build close relations between the two neighbours. "We have a role model relationship politically, but in terms of economic cooperation, the center piece is hydropower, so we work...
  • India's property hangover: Discounts, gold to cure multi-billion dollar backlog March 19, 2015

    Mumbai: India's debt-laden property developers are turning to deep discounts, free parking spots and even gimmicks like gifts of gold coins and motorbikes as they struggle to sell billions of dollars worth of as-yet unfinished homes. Now outstripping China as the world's fastest-growing major economy according to official data, India has...
  • Year 2015 being observed as 'Visit India Year' in China March 18, 2015

    New Delhi: The year 2015 is being observed as the "Visit India Year" in China, Rajya Sabha was told on Wednesday. Various promotional activities are being organised to showcase and promote the varied tourism destinations in India and its products in China with an objective of increasing tourist arrivals, Tourism Minister...
  • Microsoft starts offering free Windows 10 update in piracy-ridden China consumer market March 18, 2015

    Seattle: Microsoft Corp is making its biggest push into the heavily pirated Chinese consumer computing market this summer by offering free upgrades to Windows 10 to all Windows users, regardless of whether they are running genuine copies of the software. The move is an unprecedented attempt by Microsoft to get legitimate...
  • Alibaba may scrap plans to invest in Snapdeal: Report March 18, 2015

    Bengaluru: Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd may scrap plans to invest in Indian online marketplace Snapdeal, technology website Recode reported, citing a person who was familiar with the matter. Last week, a person informed about the deal had told Reuters that Alibaba was in talks with Snapdeal over a potential cash investment...
  • LAC clarification may top next week's India-China border talks March 17, 2015

    Beijing: India and China will hold a fresh round of border talks in Delhi next week where the two sides are expected to focus on clarification of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), amid hopes to clinch a solution under the strong leadership in both the countries. Officials said the...
  • India world's largest importer of weapons, military equipment: SIPRI March 16, 2015

    New Delhi: India has yet again emerged as the world's largest importer of weapons and military equipment, accounting for 15 per cent of global imports, with Russia being its majority supplier, a Stockholm-based think tank on Monday said. Between 2005-2009 and 2010-14, India's imports increased by 140 per cent. In 2010-14,...