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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Sowmiya Ashok


Sowmiya Ashok is an Assistant Editor at The Indian Express. She reports on politics and the environment. She tweets @sowmiyashok

Coronavirus outbreak: Indian Embassy, China officials discuss options for evacuation
Tue, Jan 28, 2020

The EOI has asked all those presently in Hubei province and not in personal possession of their passports to intimate the embassy with name, passport number and the Chinese authority to which the passport has been handed over, and the date on which it was submitted.

Coronavirus in China: Indian students watch and wait in Wuhan — ‘Not a soul in sight’
Mon, Jan 27, 2020

Wuhan, in the central Chinese province of Hubei, is on lockdown. Transport restrictions have been strictly enforced, forcing many like Srikanth to remain within the four walls of their homes for the last five days.

Explained: What new monsoon dates mean
Sat, Jan 18, 2020

The monsoon is supposed to begin on June 1, and withdraw fully by September 30. Over the past many years, however, significant changes have been seen in precipitation patterns. So, the ‘normals’ are now set to shift.

The Spice Route
Sun, Jan 05, 2020

Meet the tiny network of Chinese women, who work the Indian diplomatic circuit in China and learn to puff the perfect chapati.

‘Russian bomb-making tech linked India, China revolutionaries in early 1900s’
Sun, Dec 22, 2019

Over two years later, on December 23, 1912, the British marked the formal completion of shifting India's capital from Calcutta to Delhi, with a huge procession. In attendance that day was Lord Hardinge, the viceroy of British India, who rode an elephant towards the Red Fort with his wife for the formal handover.

People’s Daily article on Net shutdowns in India: ‘Internet cannot be independent of sovereignty’
Thu, Dec 19, 2019

Citing India’s example of shutting down the internet in Assam and Meghalaya to control protests, the commentary noted, “It means that shutting down the internet in a state of emergency should be standard practice for sovereign countries.”

What learning Mandarin has taught me
Sun, Dec 01, 2019

How does an adult learner process a new language?

From Santiniketan to Peking University: Artist’s decades-old paintings trace India-China links
Tue, Nov 26, 2019

With 2020 marking the 70th year of diplomatic ties between India and China, 20 of Chang’s 60 paintings from his time in India are on display at PKU’s library.

What Delhi can learn from Beijing’s battle against the Airpocalypse
Sun, Nov 17, 2019

There are lessons for India in how China has tackled its pollution crisis.

India showcases Kashmiri kahwa, chicken biryani at China import expo
Thu, Nov 07, 2019

The Indian Pavilion at CIIE, inaugurated by Indian Ambassador to China Vikram Misri on Tuesday afternoon, showcased India’s potential in spices, gem works, and space exploration.

Will resolve India’s RCEP issues, hope it joins early, says China
Wed, Nov 06, 2019

“The RCEP is open. We will follow the principles of mutual understanding and accommodation to resolve the outstanding problems raised by India. We welcome India joining the RCEP at an early date,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said.

Xi Jinping on RCEP: Must ‘tear down’ trade barriers
Tue, Nov 05, 2019

Xi Jinping said, “I am happy to note that yesterday 15 countries taking part in RCEP concluded text based negotiations and I hope the agreement will be signed and entered into force at an early date."

China calls division of J&K unlawful, India says our internal matter
Fri, Nov 01, 2019

“The Indian government officially announced the establishment of so-called Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory and Ladakh Union Territory which included some of China’s territory into its administrative jurisdiction," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said in Beijing.

‘Less than 12% Indian students with Chinese medical degree clear eligibility exam’
Wed, Oct 30, 2019

Of the 14,702 Indian students across 42 of the 45 approved universities, only 1,790 cleared the FMGE between 2015-18.

In China rich list: Jack Ma retains top spot; pork producers jump to top 20
Sun, Oct 27, 2019

Technology dominated the top 10 of the Hurun China Rich List this year. Specifically, the top two spots of the list: former chairman of Alibaba Group Jack Ma remained the richest man on the Chinese mainland.

China-Afghan-Pak diplomacy takes cricket route
Fri, Oct 25, 2019

The ‘China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Youth Cricket Friendship Games’ organised October 16-24 was the follow-up to the third session of China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue last month.

Xi encouraged India, Pakistan to resolve issues via dialogue: China
Wed, Oct 16, 2019

Both India and Pakistan are friendly neighbors of China, and the Chinese side hopes that the two countries can properly manage and control differences and improve their relations, said China.

How the study of dinosaurs could help us
Sun, Oct 13, 2019

China’s leading paleontologist on why the country has emerged as a dinosaur hub and how the discipline can help us navigate the climate crisis.

Xi Jinping’s India visit dominates China’s news cycles
Sun, Oct 13, 2019

Chinese state broadcasters offered the same level of detail as Indian news channels on describing Xi’s route to Mahabalipuram from the airport. The choice of venue was also discussed in a state media report.

Modi-Xi summit: On shores of Mahabalipuram, ironing out a sea of differences
Sat, Oct 12, 2019

With Modi dressed in traditional Tamil Nadu attire and Xi in an informal white shirt and black trousers, the two leaders sat down for brief discussions at the picturesque Panch Rathas, sipping coconut water under the afternoon sun.