Sowmiya Ashok

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

Articles By Sowmiya Ashok

What Delhi can learn from Beijing’s battle against the Airpocalypse

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

India showcases Kashmiri kahwa, chicken biryani at China import expo

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

“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

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

“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’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Wrinkle in Xi’s red carpet: China and Pakistan raise Kashmir, India objects

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not brief Xi Jinping on Kashmir, sources said in case the Chinese President wants to understand the issue, the PM will provide an “outline”.

Thaw in chill, Beijing to Delhi: Xi’s visit is on

The official confirmation from China to India has been conveyed through diplomatic channels over the last 24 hours. This comes after a series of strong statements and moves that adversely impacted the bilateral space before the informal summit.

No force can stop Chinese people, nation from forging ahead, says Xi

In his speech from the rostrum, Xi said: “Forging ahead, we will remain committed to the leadership of the Communist Party of China and put people first.”

China @70: Why National Day military parade in Beijing today matters

The celebrations will be an affirmation of national pride. President Xi Jinping has repeatedly articulated a vision of national rejuvenation and China’s economic transformation into a developed country.

Warning signs: warmest ever, emission highs

The warmest five-year trend has especially affected large areas of the United States, including Alaska, eastern parts of South America, most of Europe and the Middle East, northern Eurasia, Australia and areas of Africa south of the Sahara.

Kashmir may not be ‘major topic’ during Modi-Xi meet: Chinese foreign ministry

Last week, a face-off between Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh was diffused after senior Army officers on both sides held discussions on the same day.

A Chinese platform that makes space for discussions on women’s sexuality

Zhao Jing says it is “definitely good” that there is at least talk about the LGBT community publicly. Her passion project Yummy, however, is broader in its focus.

China, Pakistan air forces hold joint training

The joint training, which ran for a fortnight, is the eighth of its kind between the two countries, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported. The agency also quoted sources saying “the annual joint training does not target any third party, and aims to improve training standards of the two air forces through mutual learning”.