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Yuan now world’s 5th currency

China’s yuan has become the world’s fifth most widely used payments currency, with the value of cross-border deals settled in it more than doubling in 2014, data from transactions organisation SWIFT s

Qualified couples asked in China to have second child

Facing a sharp decline in work force, Shanghai authorities have appealed to “qualified young couples” to have second child as 30 per cent population of China’s biggest business hub will be aged 60 or

China says harmful info must be managed

Responding to reports that China is blocking VPN services that let users jump the Great Firewall, an Internet official said on Tuesday that “harmful information” must be managed.

Noodles spice up China-Japan tensions

A woman waits by the cashier in Beijing’s Diaoyu Islands Malatang Noodle Shop on Monday.	— AFP

Wearing a camouflaged flak jacket at a counter shaped like a Chinese aircraft carrier, the manager of Beijing’s Diaoyu Islands Malatang Noodle Shop insists nevertheless that Japanese “friends” are wel

China: Obama’s India visit a superficial rapprochement

US President Barack Obama’s unprecedented second visit to India is a “superficial rapprochement” given their hard differences on issues like climate change and nuclear energy cooperation, a wary China

General Raheel Sharif holds talks with China’s military top brass

Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif. (Photo: AP/File)

Amid Indo-US bonhomie, Pakistan Army Chief Gen.

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s salary goes up by massive 62 per cent

Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping and the other six members of the Communist Party’s elite Politburo Standing Committee have been given 62 per cent pay rises, state-run media said on Tuesday, as civil serv

Indian dies in tugboat mishap in China

Twenty-two people, including an Indian, who went missing after a tugboat capsized on Yangtze River in China’s eastern Jiangsu Province were declared dead on Saturday after the sunken vessel was lifted

China detains spy chief over graft charges

China is investigating one of its top spy chiefs for corruption, the ruling Communist Party’s anti-graft watchdog said on Friday, signalling that the boldest crackdown on corruption in decades has spi

Boat sinks off China, Indian among 22 still missing

An Indian is among eight foreigners who are missing along with 14 others when a tugboat sank off the Yangtze River in China’s east Jiangsu Province, authorities said on Friday.

Sweet are the uses of bonhomie. All that jocular stuff between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama during the latter’s visit to India this week was a clincher.

I am happy that we have more tigers today than yesterday. But I am not happy that, as a nation, we are bent on counting tigers and alternately moaning or gloating over it.