Delta variant challenges China’s costly lockdown strategy – Times of India

Reading Time: 11 minutes BEIJING: The Delta variant is challenging China’s costly strategy of isolating cities, prompting warnings that Chinese leaders who were confident they could keep the Coronavirus out of the country need a less disruptive approach. As the highly contagious variant pushes leaders in the United States, Australia and elsewhere to renew restrictions, President Xi Jinping’s government … Read more

Hong Kong protester given 9-year term in 1st security case – Times of India

Reading Time: 5 minutes HONG KONG: A pro-democracy protester was sentenced on Friday to nine years in prison in the closely watched first case under Hong Kong’s national security law as the ruling Communist Party tightens control over the territory. Tong Ying-kit, 24, was convicted of inciting secession and terrorism for driving his motorcycle into a group of police … Read more

Hundreds rally in Washington against Cuban govt – Times of India

Reading Time: 5 minutes WASHINGTON: Hundreds of Cuban Americans, political refugees and activists marched on the US capital Monday to protest against the Cuban government and its crackdown on anti-communist demonstrations earlier this month. Cubans from across the United States waving “freedom” signs and Cuban and American flags gathered outside the White House to demand President Joe Biden take … Read more

China’s Xi Jinping makes first official visit to Tibet – Times of India

Reading Time: 5 minutes BEIJING: Xi Jinping has made his first visit to Tibet as Chinese president, affirming Beijing’s control over a region where its military build-up and ethnic-assimilation polices have drawn international criticism. Xi arrived in the regional capital Lhasa on Thursday, the official Xinhua News Agency said on social media. Xi made a rare visit to Nyingchi, … Read more

China blasts dam to divert floods that killed at least 25 – Times of India

Reading Time: 5 minutes BEIJING: China’s military has blasted a dam to release floodwaters threatening one of the country’s most heavily populated provinces, as the death toll from the widespread flooding rose to at least 25. The dam operation was carried out late Tuesday night in the city of Luoyang, just as severe flooding overwhelmed the Henan provincial capital … Read more

China weighs risk and reward in a Taliban-led Afghanistan – Times of India

Reading Time: 8 minutes BEIJING: The withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and seemingly unstoppable march of the Taliban opens a strategic door to China that is laden with both risk and opportunity. China abhors a power vacuum, especially on its borders, and maintaining stability after decades of war in its western neighbour will be Beijing’s paramount consideration. But … Read more

Explained: Causes of the protests in Cuba – Times of India

Reading Time: 7 minutes HAVANA: The street protests that erupted over the weekend in Cuba were the biggest at least since those a quarter century ago, when then-President Fidel Castro personally went into the streets to calm crowds of thousands furious over dire shortages that gripped the island following the collapse of the Soviet Union, which had long backed … Read more

Rare anti-government protests erupt in Cuba – Times of India

Reading Time: 7 minutes HAVANA: Thousands of Cubans took part in rare protests Sunday against the communist government, chanting, “Down with the dictatorship,” as President Miguel Diaz-Canel called on his supporters to confront the demonstrators. The anti-government rallies started spontaneously in several cities as the country endures its worst economic crisis in 30 years, with chronic shortages of electricity … Read more

Chinese Communist Party, leading the world’s second-biggest economic power, a secret society – Times of India

Reading Time: 6 minutes BEIJING: China’s ruling Communist Party, which leads the world’s second-biggest economic power, is characterised by secrecy. It was founded as an illegal Marxist underground movement in Shanghai a century ago, and it has subsequently been defined by the strict control of information, surveillance and purges of dissenters, writes Patrick Baert, in Asia Times. There are … Read more

Twitter restricts account of expert who mocked China leader – Times of India

Reading Time: 5 minutes WELLINGTON, New Zealand: A New Zealand academic says Twitter temporarily restricted her account after she mocked Chinese President Xi Jinping. University of Canterbury Professor Anne-Marie Brady is an expert on China’s attempts to exert political influence around the world and has been an outspoken critic of its ruling Communist Party. Last week, she sent tweets … Read more