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In China’s new Xinjiang: patriotic tourism, riot police and minders – Times of India
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In China’s new Xinjiang: patriotic tourism, riot police and minders – Times of India

KASHGAR (China): As visitors to China's Xinjiang enjoyed new theme park-style tourist centres showcasing the region's Muslim Uyghur culture on a recent national holiday, signs of heavy security and state surveillance were never far away. Tourists smiled and posed in traditional dress on camels for photographs amid billboards extolling the ruling Communist Party. China is trying to move on from a security crackdown in Xinjiang in which more than a million ethnic Uyghurs were detained in re-education centres since 2016, according to UN experts and researchers – part of what Beijing has described as an effort to eradicate extremism. It wants to build a patriotic, multi-ethnic region that is secular, mandarin-speaking and attractive to domestic tourists who spend trillions of yuan a year on...
Lawyer: US drops lawsuit, grand jury probe over John Bolton book – Times of India
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Lawyer: US drops lawsuit, grand jury probe over John Bolton book – Times of India

The Justice Department has abandoned its lawsuit against John Bolton, former President Donald Trump's onetime national security adviser, over his book that officials argued disclosed classified information, according to court documents and Bolton's representatives. Prosecutors also have dropped a grand jury investigation over the book's publication, Bolton's lawyer said Wednesday. The Trump administration sued last year to block the release of Bolton's book, "The Room Where It Happened," and to recover copies of the book that had already been distributed. The book, released in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, offered a behind-the-scenes, and unflattering, account of Trump's foreign policy dealings. It described how Trump asked China's President Xi Jinping to help the Ameri...
Death toll in China’s gas explosion rises to 25 – Times of India
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Death toll in China’s gas explosion rises to 25 – Times of India

BEIJING: The death toll from a powerful gas explosion in central China's Hubei province has gone up to 25, according to the local authorities. The explosion ripped through a residential neighbourhood in Zhangwan district of Shiyan city on Sunday, killing at least 12 people and trapping a large number of people under the rubble of their homes. The blast rocked a two-story trade market building in a residential community. The state-run Xinhua news agency reported late Monday night that the death toll has risen to 25. Rescue and debris cleaning are still underway, the information office of the provincial government of Hubei told the media. A team has been set up to investigate the blast, and Hubei will launch a province-wide blanket inspection to root out potential work safety hazards, sai...
French nuclear firm seeks to resolve ‘performance issue’ at China plant – Times of India
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French nuclear firm seeks to resolve ‘performance issue’ at China plant – Times of India

BEIJING: A French nuclear firm said on Monday it was working to resolve a "performance issue" at a plant it part-owns in China's southern Guangdong province following a US media report of a potential leak there. CNN reported earlier that the US government is assessing a report of a leak at the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant after the French company, Framatome, warned of an "imminent radiological threat". Framatome said in a statement to AFP that it is "supporting a resolution of a performance issue" at the plant. "According to the data available, the plant is operating within the safety parameters," the company said. "Our team is working with relevant experts to assess the situation and propose solutions to address any potential issue." Citing a letter from Framatome to the US energy depar...
India says will study Biden’s infrastructure plan that rivals China’s Belt and Road Initiative | India News – Times of India
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India says will study Biden’s infrastructure plan that rivals China’s Belt and Road Initiative | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India has said that it will study the US President Joe Biden's 'Build Back Better' global infrastructure initiative proposal announced at the G7 summit as an alternative to China's Belt and Road (BRI). This plan, which is proposed to be led by major democracies, will provide financial and technological help to narrow the over $40 trillion-infrastructure need, mainly in the developing world which has been worsened by Covid-19. It is also expected to create local employment. This initiative at G7 is seen as a potential jolt to Chinese President Xi Jinping's pet project BRI. India said relevant agencies will be studying the plan and will probably engage with the project later. Briefing reporters, senior ministry of external affairs (MEA) official P Harish said, "On the specific ...
China cautions G7: ‘Small’ groups don’t rule the world
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China cautions G7: ‘Small’ groups don’t rule the world

China on Sunday pointedly cautioned Group of Seven leaders that the days when “small” groups of countries decided the fate of the world was long gone, hitting back at the world’s richest democracies which have sought a unified position over Beijing. “The days when global decisions were dictated by a small group of countries are long gone,” a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in London said. “We always believe that countries, big or small, strong or weak, poor or rich, are equals, and that world affairs should be handled through consultation by all countries.” The re-emergence of China as a leading global power is considered to be one of the most significant geopolitical events of recent times, alongside the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union that ended the Cold War. The G7, who...
G7 to counter China’s clout with big infrastructure project: Senior US official – Times of India
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G7 to counter China’s clout with big infrastructure project: Senior US official – Times of India

CARBIS BAY: The Group of Seven will seek to rival China’s multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative on Saturday by announcing a global infrastructure plan to help developing nations, a senior official in US President Joe Biden's administration said. The G7 is trying to find a coherent response to the growing assertiveness of President Xi Jinping after China's spectacular economic and military rise over the past 40 years. The US official, who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity, said the United States would also push the other G7 leaders for "concrete action on forced labour" in China, and to include criticism of Beijing in their final communique from a three-day summit in southwest England. "This is not just about confronting or taking on China," the official said. "But un...
China boosts support for Myanmar army, countering US sanctions – Times of India
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China boosts support for Myanmar army, countering US sanctions – Times of India

BEIJING: China says its policy toward Myanmar remains unaffected by the country’s domestic situation, bolstering support for a regime that has faced multiple rounds of sanctions from the US and its Western allies following a coup four months ago. Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi told his counterpart Wunna Maung Lwin during a meeting on Tuesday in Chongqing that Beijing would continue implementing bilateral projects in the Southeast Asian nation, Myanmar state broadcaster MRTV reported. “China’s friendly policy toward Myanmar is not affected by changes in Myanmar’s internal and external situations and remains oriented toward the people of Myanmar,” according to readout of the meeting on the website of China’s foreign ministry. “In the past, present and future, China supports Myanmar to i...
Taiwan: China exploiting Covid vaccines for political gain – Times of India
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Taiwan: China exploiting Covid vaccines for political gain – Times of India

TAIPEI: Taiwan's foreign minister on Thursday said China is seeking political gains abroad in return for providing vaccines and other pandemic assistance, partly to increase pressure on Taiwan, which it claims as its own territory. Beijing's Communist Party leaders “further exploited the pandemic to impose their political agenda on many others," Joseph Wu said in a video conference with the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan. In particular, China's “vaccine diplomacy” is creating divisions among countries in Central and South America, giving Beijing an opportunity to exert its influence in the Western Hemisphere, Wu said. Beijing is providing access to its domestically produced vaccines, other anti-coronavirus resources and development funding to “those who are willing to accept poli...
China’s new three-child policy draws scepticism, cost questions – Times of India
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China’s new three-child policy draws scepticism, cost questions – Times of India

BEIJING: China's decision to allow families to have up to three children was met with scepticism on Tuesday, with doubts expressed on social media whether it would make much difference, and calls for details on what promised "supportive measures" will include. On Monday, Beijing announced that it was lifting the two-child limit in an effort to encourage more child-bearing, weeks after census data confirmed rapid aging and a decline in fertility that puts China on track to see its population, the world's largest, begin shrinking. The major policy shift will include supportive measures "conducive to improving our country's population structure," the official Xinhua news agency said. "I don't quite understand. What's the meaning of supportive measures?", asked one Weibo user in a post that...
Biden warns US Congress: China ‘closing in fast’ – Times of India
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Biden warns US Congress: China ‘closing in fast’ – Times of India

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden took aim at China in his first speech to Congress on Wednesday, pledging to maintain a strong US military presence in the Indo-Pacific and promising to boost technological development and trade. "China and other countries are closing in fast. We have to develop and dominate the products and technologies of the future," Biden said. And in a line that drew some of the strongest applause of the evening, he said, "There is simply no reason the blades for wind turbines can't be built in Pittsburgh instead of Beijing." Biden has repeatedly identified competition with China as the greatest foreign policy challenge the country faces. He and his fellow Democrats as well as opposition Republicans have all moved toward a harder line on dealings with Beijing. "Americ...
China warns of ‘serious harm’ to relations as Australia scraps BRI deal – Times of India
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China warns of ‘serious harm’ to relations as Australia scraps BRI deal – Times of India

BEIJING: China on Thursday said Australia's sudden scrapping of a Belt and Road Initiative deal risked "serious harm" to relations and warned of retaliatory actions against a country that insisted it would not be bullied. Canberra pulled the deal with Victoria state late Wednesday, in a move destined to provoke Beijing but justified by the Defence Minister as necessary to prevent Australia hosting a giant infrastructure scheme "used for propaganda". Australia overruled Victoria state's decision to join the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) -- the flagship of President Xi Jinping's geostrategic vision for the Asia-Pacific region -- saying the agreement was inconsistent with Australia's foreign policy. As relations nosedive -- following spats over the origins of the coronavirus and Canberra'...
Xi Jinping to attend Joe Biden’s climate summit – Times of India
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Xi Jinping to attend Joe Biden’s climate summit – Times of India

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping will take part in US President Joe Biden's climate summit being organised virtually on Thursday and Friday in which several world leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will participate. At the invitation of Biden, President Xi will attend and deliver an "important speech" at the Leaders' Summit on Climate on Thursday by video link from Beijing, the Chinese foreign ministry announced on Wednesday. Biden has invited 40 world leaders, including PM Modi, to the two-day conference beginning April 22, which according to a While House statement will underscore the urgency and the economic benefits of stronger climate action. It will be a key milestone on the road to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) this November in Glasgow, t...
Taiwan News: Taiwan will fight ‘to the very last day’ if China attacks | World News – Times of India
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Taiwan News: Taiwan will fight ‘to the very last day’ if China attacks | World News – Times of India

TAIPEI: Taiwan's foreign minister on Wednesday said the island will defend itself “to the very last day” if attacked by China. Joseph Wu said China's attempts at conciliation while engaging in military intimidation are sending “mixed signals” to the island's residents. China claims Taiwan as its own territory to be won over peacefully or by force. Wu noted China flew 10 warplanes into Taiwan's air defense identification zone on Monday and deployed an aircraft carrier group for exercises near Taiwan. “We are willing to defend ourselves, that's without any question," Wu told reporters. “We fill fight a war if we need to fight a war, and if we need to defend ourselves to the very last day, then we will defend ourselves to the very last day.“ China does not recognize Taiwan's democratically...
China’s ‘wolf warrior’ diplomats howl at Xinjiang critics – Times of India
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China’s ‘wolf warrior’ diplomats howl at Xinjiang critics – Times of India

BEIJING: China's "wolf warrior" diplomats are back after a brief lull, firing insults over Twitter, smearing critics and suggesting conspiracies. The hyperactivity of the envoys follows renewed global pressure over Beijing's treatment of the Muslim Uyghur minority in China's Xinjiang region. Here are five things to know as the wolf warriors once more bare their teeth: The term "wolf warrior diplomacy" became common parlance in 2019, when Chinese envoys -- most prominently spokesman Zhao Lijian -- adopted a vociferous defence of the Communist-led country on social media platforms such as Twitter, which is blocked in China. The nickname derives from a film about a Rambo-like Chinese special forces soldier. China insists it was forced into the change of tone, which came amid the fulminatio...
An alliance of autocracies? China wants to lead a new world order
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An alliance of autocracies? China wants to lead a new world order

Written by Steven Lee Myers President Joe Biden wants to forge an “alliance of democracies.” China wants to make clear that it has alliances of its own. Only days after a rancorous encounter with US officials in Alaska, China’s foreign minister joined his Russian counterpart last week to denounce Western meddling and sanctions. He then headed to the Middle East to visit traditional US allies, including Saudi Arabia and Turkey, as well as Iran, where he signed a sweeping investment agreement Saturday. China’s leader, Xi Jinping, reached out to Colombia one day and pledged support for North Korea on another. Although officials denied the timing was intentional, the message clearly was. China hopes to position itself as the main challenger to an international order, led by the...
Biden Invites 40 World Leaders Including PM Modi To Global Climate Summit
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Biden Invites 40 World Leaders Including PM Modi To Global Climate Summit

The two-day summit will be held from April 22 to 23. (File)Washington: US President Joe Biden has invited 40 world leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to the Leaders' Summit on Climate to underscore the urgency and the economic benefits of stronger climate action, the White House said.The two-day summit will be held virtually on April 22-23 and will be telecasted live for public viewing."It will be a key milestone on the road to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) this November in Glasgow," the White House said on Friday.Besides Modi, other leaders invited for the summit include Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, I...
Joe Biden: US going to hold China ‘accountable’ in the region – Times of India
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Joe Biden: US going to hold China ‘accountable’ in the region – Times of India

WASHINGTON: The United States, working with its partners and allies is going to hold China "accountable" in the region and also press Beijing to follow the rules on a range of issues, including the South China Sea, President Joe Biden has said. Addressing his first formal news conference in the White House on Thursday, Biden referred to his recent meeting with leaders of the Quad countries involving India, Australia and Japan and said that soon he is going to invite an alliance of democracies to come to Washington DC to “discuss the future”. “Earlier this month, and apparently got the Chinese attention, that's not why did it, I met with our allies and -- how we're going to hold China accountable in the region, Australia, India, Japan, the United States, the so-called Quad, because we ha...
US, Taiwan sign coast guard deal to Counter China – Times of India
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US, Taiwan sign coast guard deal to Counter China – Times of India

WASHINGTON: The US and Taiwan signed an agreement intended to boost cooperation between their coast guards, in a move to push back at China’s increasingly assertive maritime activities. The two sides signed a memorandum of understanding that establishes a working group to “improve communications, build cooperation, and share information” on coast guard-related efforts, according to a statement dated Friday from the American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto US embassy in Taipei. Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang pointed to a law that China passed in January giving its coast guard greater freedom to fire on foreign vessels, when asked about the new agreement signed. “China’s coast guard law is shocking to its neighboring countries,” Su told reporters at the legislature. “So countries are wor...
US, China wrap up testy 1st face-to-face talks under Biden – Times of India
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US, China wrap up testy 1st face-to-face talks under Biden – Times of India

ANCHORAGE: Top US and Chinese officials wrapped up two days of contentious talks in Alaska on Friday after trading sharp and unusually public barbs over vastly different views of each other and the world in their first face-to-face meeting since President Joe Biden took office. The two sides finished the meetings after an opening session in which they attacked each other in an unusually public way. The US accused the Chinese delegation of "grandstanding" and Beijing fired back, saying there was a "strong smell of gunpowder and drama" that was entirely the fault of the Americans. The meetings in Anchorage were a new test in increasingly troubled relations between the two countries, which are at odds over a range of issues from trade to human rights in Tibet, Hong Kong and China's western...