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India’s last Chinese-language newspaper on the verge of closing
At a cost of US$0.03, a simple newspaper provides an invaluable service to India’s Chinese community: A source of news printed in their language.  Targeted primarily to the tens of thousands of Chinese residents near Kolkata, the paper, named the Overseas Chinese Commerce of India, or Seong Pow, became a source of pride for India’s Chinese community.  Sadly, the paper could close permanently after the sudden death of its editor, Kuo-tsai Chang. Known widely and fondly as KT Chang, the dedicated older man was Seong Pow’s editor for the past three decades. His death in July - unconnected with the pandemic - has left an enormous void, and raised questions over the Chinese-language newspaper’s
The Indian ‘cow dung lights’ aimed at China
Normally made out of mud and clay, one farmer in Gurugram is trying to support the government’s “Make in India” campaign by making “Diya” lamps out of eco-friendly cow dung. Aside from being an inexpensive material, the creator is keen to stress the lamp’s environmental benefits as they can be recycled as organic compost.
As border talks stall, will India’s Narendra Modi get tough on China?
As the border stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops in the Himalayas entered its 15th week, criticism of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration was brewing in New Delhi, the capital. Talks have continued with little sign of a breakthrough since Indian and Chinese troops clashed with bare hands, spiked clubs and rods on June 15, leading to the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers and an unspecified number on the Chinese side. Unhappy at what they saw as India’s overly cautious approach, a group of military veterans and analysts were calling for the government to get tough on Beijing. A prolonged stand-off could end up narrowing India’s military options to prevent India losing cont
India bans TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps as border row escalates
The Indian government has banned TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps as its border row with China spilled over into arenas including tech, privacy and national security. The unprecedented ban, which came weeks after 20 soldiers died in a border clash in the Himalayas, is likely to affect one in three mobile users in India. India is the biggest market for TikTok, the wildly popular video-sharing app that has been downloaded more than 660 million times since its launch, according to an estimate by app intelligence agency Sensor Tower. TikTok has between 120 and 200 million active users in the country. The move marked another attempt by India to reduce dependence on its neighbor’s products and put
China tight-lipped after India border skirmish
A bloody skirmish between Indian and Chinese soldiers along a disputed border last week left 20 Indian soldiers dead and 76 injured, but we do not know the casualty numbers from the Chinese side.  This is by design, as Beijing has been reluctant to comment publicly on any casualties from the Galwan Valley incident. On Tuesday, foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian dismissed Indian media reports claiming 40 Chinese soldiers had been killed, calling it “fake news.”   Three separate sources told the South China Morning Post that China’s casualty count was much lower than India’s and Beijing remained silent to avoid escalating tensions.  Spokesman Zhao said the two sides “agreed to take nece
How Hong Kong protest tactics are being used in India
It all started with a simple poster doing the rounds on WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook, asking people to show solidarity with students in India who had been assaulted while protesting against the country’s new religion-based citizenship law. A group of friends felt stirred by visuals, streamed onto their phones on Sunday night, of police forces entering the Indian capital’s Jamia Millia Islamia University firing tear gas into the college campus. “We felt we had to urgently send out a message of solidarity with the students and resist [the police actions], because if not, we could be next,” said a member of the group, Ruben Mascarenhas, a Mumbai-based activist. So they made a poster asking
India, empire and China: the story of masala chai
India and masala chai are inextricably linked in the popular imagination. Across the country, the sweet and spicy aroma of chai (which means tea) wafts out of homes, offices and railway stations.  Its rich, creamy consistency invokes comparisons to coffee, and even in Starbucks it is as much a part of daily life as its bean-based competitor. And if we read the tea leaves closely, we will see that the history of masala chai is intertwined with China and its own troubled history with the British Empire.  The mythology of tea dates back to the story of Bodhidharma, an Indian monk who traveled to China in the late-5th or early-6th century. The monk, credited with founding Zen Buddhism and Shaol
Film star Aamir Khan is changing what China thinks of India
Watching the same movie six times, traveling to attend promotional events and learning a new language are among the things Zhao Jiacheng has done to get close to his favorite film star. But instead of local celebrities or Hollywood superstars, Zhao has become an ardent fan of Indian actor and filmmaker Aamir Khan. To the 22-year-old, apart from superb acting skills, Khan’s social conscience and activism are his most appealing qualities. “India is lucky to have Aamir Khan. Not every country has personalities like him who are influential and unafraid of the rich and powerful,” says Zhao. He is just one of the many Khan’s fans in China. It is difficult to put a number on how many he has: but K