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Sowmiya Ashok


Sowmiya Ashok, a former Assistant Editor at The Indian Express, is now an independent journalist based in Chennai. She reports on China, politics and the environment. She tweets @sowmiyashok

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.

Wrinkle in Xi’s red carpet: China and Pakistan raise Kashmir, India objects
Thu, Oct 10, 2019

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
Wed, Oct 09, 2019

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
Wed, Oct 02, 2019

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
Tue, Oct 01, 2019

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
Wed, Sep 25, 2019

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
Wed, Sep 18, 2019

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
Wed, Nov 13, 2019

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
Sun, Sep 08, 2019

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”.

Two studies on ancient DNA released: ‘No central Asian Steppe ancestry among Harappans’
Sat, Sep 07, 2019

The two studies — which appeared in journals Cell and Science — show that there was no central Asian Steppe ancestry among the Harappans, indicating that the Steppe pastoralists migrated to India after the decline of the Harappan civilisation.

A floating panda, tai chi in China: Learning Mandarin in a VR classroom
Sun, Sep 01, 2019

The Project Aims To Augment Collaborative Learning With A.I. Agents, Simulated Environments

China’s concern over Article 370 ‘misplaced’: Indian Ambassador to China Vikram Misri
Wed, Aug 28, 2019

In a media interaction with Chinese journalists on Tuesday, Misri pointed out that the change - which stripped the state of Jammu & Kashmir of its special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories - was an “internal administrative reorganization,” and had “no external ramifications whatsoever.”

A tale of a small town: An exhibition in China traces the origin of the multiplication table
Fri, Aug 23, 2019

The pieces on display at the National Museum of China are from the collection of the Hunan Provincial Institute of Archeology in Changsha and the Liye Qin Slips Museum near the relic site.