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A Guide to Contemporary China

‘Reforming’ Hong Kong China’s lawmakers want Hong Kong’s electoral system ‘reformed’, a move overwhelmingly endorsed at the fourth session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC). The Election Committee of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) will undergo changes in shape, size and composition, with a new committee set up to vet qualifications of election […]Read More

Guide To Life In Contemporary China

Xi’s ‘Complete Victory’ Against Poverty Chinese state media outlets are extremely impressed by President Xi Jinping’s declaration that he has lifted his countrymen out of absolute poverty. What this means, according to the government, is that 100 million rural people in 832 impoverished counties have running water and some level of income. This ensures a […]Read More

A Guide to Contemporary China

Laughter: Officially Sanctioned By The Government Laughter is the best medicine especially when it is sanctioned by the government! CCTV (China Central Television) has grabbed eyeballs with its new show ‘Gold Medal Comedy Class.’ Ever since its first performance telecast late last month, the show has been trending on Weibo with 600 million views. The […]Read More

‘Xi Holds The Whip Hand But It Doesn’t Help China’

NEW DELHI: China under Xi Jinping appears to be turning the clock back, to the time when state surveillance and control over their citizens’ lives was pervasive. In an exclusive chat with StratNews Global on his book India’s China Challenge, author and journalist Ananth Krishnan believes that Xi has absorbed some harsh lessons from the […]Read More

Sumdorong Chu Episode: When India Dared China

Almost two decades after the Nathu La incident, China was irked by the certainty that the Union Territory of Arunachal Pradesh—which they claimed large portions of—would become the twenty-fourth state of the Indian Union. Chinese troops encroached into Indian territory in Arunachal Pradesh in late June 1986 and set up a camp. The area of […]Read More

The End Of The Kailash Pilgrimage

The news from Kailash Manasarovar is grim: media reports have said China is laying infrastructure for a missile site along with accommodation for troops. The missile installation is coming up on the banks of the Manasarovar Lake and it suggests China is going to make it even more difficult for Indian pilgrims to access it. […]Read More

‘China Is An Anxious State; All Its Actions Are Driven

NEW DELHI: China is in an aggressive mindset these days because it is anxious and eager about becoming the number one country in the world, says Shakti Sinha, former bureaucrat and author. Talking to StratNews Global Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale on our occasional programme Books Corner, Sinha speaks about the challenges he faced as editor […]Read More

India Can Gain From U.S.’s Continued Withdrawal From The Global

NEW DELHI: America’s steady withdrawal from world affairs and from its role of the global policeman has perplexed and upset many analysts who claim that without the US, the global liberal order would be in threat as a totalitarian China would take over. However, Sreeram Chaulia, Professor and Dean at the Jindal School of International […]Read More