Author: Grace Tsoi

Why China opposes sanctions on Russia ?
World

Why China opposes sanctions on Russia ?

China is at its wits end as a plethora of the US and the European Union-led sanctions on Russia has started bearing effect on the Chinese companies’ approach towards the Russian market. Despite pressure from the Chinese authorities for staying the course Russian market, DiDiChuxing and Hong Kong-based Lenovo-both prominent Chinese companies have announced plans to cease their business in Russia, which has complained that sanctions have deprived it of the access to US $300 billion of its $640 billion in gold and foreign exchange reserves in the US. Of this reserve, China’s Yuan forms a substantial foreign currency asset. Around 14 percent of Russia’s total foreign currency reserves---around $90 billion belongs to Chinese currency, Yuan,  CNBC said in its recent report. Amidst
THE OLYMPIC ‘FORTRESS’ OF XI JINPING
World

THE OLYMPIC ‘FORTRESS’ OF XI JINPING

President Xi’s ‘outstanding success’ in controlling the public dissent in mainland China and colonies like Tibet, Xinjiang, S. Mongolia and Hong Kong during the Beijing Winter Olympics-2008 is a testimony to the power and grip of the CCP apparatus over China. With the conclusion of Winter Olympics-2022 in Beijing, President Xi Jinping and his fellow communist rulers of China must be feeling relieved for a very special reason. Unlike during the countdown months to the Beijing Olympics-2008, there was no news of big anti-Beijing demonstrations either inside or outside China. President Xi has all the more reasons to congratulate himself for his achievement that the world did not hear any news about anti-China uprisings or public demonstrations in Tibet, Xinjiang, ‘Inner’ Mongolia or Hong
XI Jinping absent from world state in recent times
Asia, China, World

XI Jinping absent from world state in recent times

It has been over 650 days since Chinese President Xi Jinping has been seen on the world stage outside his country. Since his visit to Myanmar on January 17, 2020, he has not met any leader in-person, attended any international event or visited any foreign country. As usual, his self-siege is shrouded in mystery. In the last couple of months, with a lull in the coronavirus pandemic, world leaders are shedding their virtual personalities and touching elbows with fellow Presidents and Prime Ministers at in-person meetings. The two high level events in recent days were the G20 summit in Rome and the COP26 on climate change in Glasgow. Delegations of European Union and several fora in Africa attended physical meetings. In Asia, Taliban-centric events, whether of the Moscow Format or the ...
Chinese projects in south Asia facing hurdles
Asia, World

Chinese projects in south Asia facing hurdles

The much touted Chinese infrastructure projects in important South-Asian countries, like Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal are reportedly bedevilled by delays, complications and increasing cost for the host countries. Despite all efforts and public posturing by Pak officials that CPEC project in Pakistan was on track and beneficial for the country, a section of the Pak bureaucracy is believed to be unhappy with the Gwadar Port project. At a recent high-level meeting on CPEC, some members raised objections over the marketing plan proposed by the China Overseas Port Holding Company Pakistan Ltd. (COPHC), the Chinese operator of the Gwadar Port. However, the Chinese company representative blamed Pak government’s inability to provide requisite infrastructure, including power, water an
1st dose of COVID-19 vaccination given to 799 Tibetan people in Ladakh, Jangthang
Asia

1st dose of COVID-19 vaccination given to 799 Tibetan people in Ladakh, Jangthang

Leh, Ladakh, India: 799 adults of Tibetan residents in Ladakh and Jangthang received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine that constitutes the 80% of the population. Despite the vaccine shortage across India, the authorities and staff of Tibetan Primary Health Centre in Ladakh has successfully done the vaccination.Despite the vaccine shortage across India, especially for the age group of 18-44, vaccinated 799 adults from 18-44 with the first dose.The COVID-19 vaccination drive was launched by Tibetan Primary Health Center (TPHC) with the support from Indian Union Territory Government of Ladakh starting March 2021, reported Central Tibet Administration.As of 11 June, the TPHC has so far vaccinated 2597 Tibetans and 840 locals (all 18 plus) with the first dose of the Covid vaccine in addition...
J&K: Army rescues 41 civilians stranded due to heavy rains in 3 hour long operation
Asia

J&K: Army rescues 41 civilians stranded due to heavy rains in 3 hour long operation

Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India: The Indian Army rescued 41 civilians in a 3 hour long rescue operation. People were stranded at blocked Mughal Road in Jammu following heavy rains, informed Defence PRO, Jammu on Saturday.According to Defence PRO, the Mughal Road was blocked due to heavy rainfall, uprooted trees and lightning."On 11 June, in swift 3 hrs long night rescue ops, #IndianArmy rescued 41 civilians, stranded at blocked #MughalRoad due to heavy rainfall, uprooted trees and lightning at between Ratta Chamb and Mansar Mod in #Poonch. All help and support extend to them," Defence PRO had said in a tweet.The rescued passengers were provided food and heating arrangements and no injuries were reported in the operation."The civilians were highly appreciative of the swift action of the Ar...
China being held by other G7 countries for forced labour in Xinjiang
China

China being held by other G7 countries for forced labour in Xinjiang

London, UK: In China’s Xinjiang region the people are kept to do forced labour against which US is trying to gather other G7 countries.According to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Biden will join leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom for a session focused on China on the second day of the G7 summit. The main issue during the session will be how China has divided world leaders and Biden will be urging democratic nations to jointly confront Beijing and French President Emmanuel Macron calling for a more cautious approach.The G7 leaders and their delegations were still negotiating the details of a communique expected to be released at the end of the summit, although it is unclear that the document will call out China by name."It's an expression of our shared
Uyghurs in Xinjiang are being killed by China
Asia, China

Uyghurs in Xinjiang are being killed by China

Beijing, China: China is carrying out a slow genocide of Uyghur population, came up in newly published research has provided compelling evidence. The killing is being done due to Beijing's perception of the community as a national security threat.Adrian Zenz, a senior fellow in China studies, and Erin Rosenberg, an attorney specialising in international criminal law, wrote for Foreign Policy that the five governments had declared China's actions against Uyghurs as genocide, based on evidence of systematic suppression of births.In an upcoming peer-reviewed publication in the Central Asian Survey, Zenz presents comprehensive and compelling new evidence based on published statements and reports from Chinese academics and officials. The core message is that the Uyghur population as such is a ...
China again slammed by US Secretary over lack of transparency over COVID-19 origins
Asia, China

China again slammed by US Secretary over lack of transparency over COVID-19 origins

Washington, China: Once again China is slammed by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday for the lack of transparency on the origins of the coronavirus, as global pressure mounts for a fresh probe in Wuhan. “What we’ve seen, more than unfortunately, from the PRC (People’s Republic of China) since the beginning of this crisis is a failure to meet its basic responsibilities in terms of sharing information and providing access,” Blinken told the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs, reported Voice of America (VOA).In his opening remarks to the Committee, the Secretary of State said that China and others are working hard to “bend international organizations to their worldview” and stressed that organisations should remain grounded in the values, principles, and rules of road and r
Surveillance to increase the productivity of tech employees, forced to work long hours
Asia, Business, China

Surveillance to increase the productivity of tech employees, forced to work long hours

Beijing, China: In order to bring productivity-enhancing tools into everyday office life of techies in China, a software driven surveillance management and monitoring into their professional lives.Nikki Sun for Nikkei Asia writes that rapid technological development in China's tech industry is accompanied by poor labour regulations, which has created a potential for labour abuse. The big tech companies themselves, locked in cutthroat competition for new business opportunities, are pioneering these technologies and tools in their own operations.Andy Wang, an IT engineer at a Shanghai-based gaming company, said that a surveillance software called DiSanZhiYan, or "Third Eye" was installed on the laptop of every employee to track their screens in real time, recording their chats, browsing act...