No plan of Dalai Lama-Indian Vice President meeting: Chinese Foreign office

New Delhi, Mar 23 : The Indian Government has clarified that the reports of meeting between its Vice President Hamid Ansari and the Dalai Lama were mere rumours, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has said.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said: “The Indian side has clarified to China on relevant rumour, saying there's no such plan.”

Qin also said that India has assured that its position on the Tibet issue will remain unchanged.

“The Indian side also says that India's position on the Tibet issue is clear and consistent, and will not change in the future,” the People’s Daily quoted Qin, as saying.

Haier unveils plans to enter new segments

Haier Appliances (India) Pvt. Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of $16.2-billion Chinese home durables giant, is planning to enter new segments like commercial refrigeration, water heaters and commercial ACs in India.

The company plans to enter these three new segments before the end of 2008.

Haier is also in talks to acquire manufacturing facilities for its existing businesses in India. The company is also planning to increase its capacity by three times at the Pune plant, which it got after acquiring Daewoo Anchor last year.

At present, the company has a capacity to make 3.5 lakh refrigerators per annum, which it wants to increase to 10 lakh refrigerators per annum.

For China, the sun sets in Tibet Home

New Delhi, Mar. 22: Prime Minister Dr Manmohan SinghThe Government of China was upset when Dr Manmohan Singh visited Arunachal Pradesh earlier this year and announced projects worth over
100 billion rupees for development of what he stated was ‘Our Land of the Rising Sun”.

When Chinese diplomatic sources expressed displeasure at the Prime Minister’s statement, India’s Foreign Minister, Pranab Mukherjee, replied that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India, and the Prime Minister did nothing that was not warranted in announcing schemes for the development of the region.

China to resolutely ‘crush, smash’ Free Tibet forces

China to resolutely ‘crush, smash’ Free Tibet forcesNew Delhi, Mar 22: China today said that it would pursue its crackdown in Tibet to the bitter end in a bid to smash opposition to Beijing's rule in the remote region.

Thousands of Chinese troops and paramilitary police fanned out across Tibet and neighbouring provinces to crush unrest in Lhasa that has spilled into other far-flung corners.

Mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party, the People’s Daily, turned a blind eye to appeals for dialogue with Tibet's spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, and said the "Dalai clique'' must be shattered.

Tibet internal affair, says Chinese Ambassador

New Delhi, Mar 21 : The Chinese Ambassador to India Zhang Yan said on Friday that Tibet is China's internal affair and the international community should keep out of it.

Reacting to a statement made by U. S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who had met Dalai Lama in Dharamsala today and had said that the free world have lost its moral authority to speak about human rights if it did not speak up against Chinese oppression in Tibet, Chinese Ambassador said that any attempt to cause trouble to China is doomed to fail.

Yan also criticised the Dalai Lama and said he is using non-violence to cheat international community

Massive security to protect Olympic torch from anti-China protesters

Olympic TorchLondon, Mar 21: A massive security operation is under way to protect the Olympic torch from anti-China protesters when it arrives in London next month as part of its round-the-world journey to Beijing.

Security experts fear that London will be the first flashpoint for Free Tibet demonstrations along the torch’s 130-day global tour organised by China to promote the Olympic Games in August, The Times reported.

A security adviser to the Chinese Government has given warning that London’s chances of staging its own torch tour in the run-up to 2012 could be jeopardised if Beijing’s relay is hijacked by politics.

Tibetan community in Dharamsala to streamline their protest

Anti-China protest in TibetDharamsala/Varanasi, Mar 21: The Tibetan government-in-exile has set out guidelines to streamline their anti-China protests.

Karma Choephel, the speaker of the Tibetan parliament-in-exile and also the President of the Solidarity Committee, said that demonstrators would now have to follow the set guidelines.

"All the activities will be non-violent and peaceful. They can have marches, demonstrations, relay hunger strikes, candlelight vigils and sit-ins. These are basic guidelines of carrying forward the movement," he said.

Beijing Olympics officials say torch will follow planned route

Beijing, Mar. 20 : The Olympic flame, which will be lit on March 24 in Olympia, Greece, will follow the planned route despite safety concerns after recent riots in Lhasa, said organizers.

"Lhasa is now basically restored to order and the Tibet Autonomous Regional Government will ensure the stability there and the smooth operation of the torch relay scaling the world's highest peak," said Jiang Xiaoyu, executive vice president of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG) at a press conference on Wednesday.

"Those who intend to sabotage the Games are opposing the Olympic Charter and defying the people who love peace and the Olympic Games," Jiang added.

Tibetans call on international community to pressurise China

Exiled TibetansDharamsala, Mar 20: Exiled Tibetans in Dharamsala have sought the intervention of the international community to put pressure on China to stop its crackdown in Tibet.

Shouting anti-China slogans, hundreds of monks, nuns and young children demanded action by the international community to restrain China.

Pyramid Saimira signs MoU with Chinese firm; forms JV Company

Pyramid Saimira Multiplexes Enters China

Indian Multiplex operator, Pyramid Saimira Theatre Limited (PSTL) has announced that the company has finally entered the Chinese market.

The company has signed a Memorandum of Cultural Cooperation with CSMRB, Ministry of Culture, Government of People’s Republic of China to enter the Chinese market.

As a result a new joint venture, “Jiangsu Pyramid Longzhe Group” has been formed to operate theatres and distribute films and engage in other entertainment / arts and cultural activities in China.

Oz govt urges China for restraint over protests in Tibet

Beijing, Mar 15 : The Australian Government has reportedly urged upon the Chinese government to observe restraint and allow for peaceful protests in Tibet, which is witnessing violence in the Tibetan capital city after the biggest anti-Chinese protests in two decades.

Aussie foreign affairs minister is learnt to have urged any Australians in Lhasa to register or update their contact details with DFAT through smartraveller. gov. au.

At least two people have reportedly died after police opened fire and used teargas to disperse demonstrating crowds in Lhasa.

China closes Mount Everest to keep protesters at bay from Olympic torch parade

Mount EverestLondon, March 13: China has closed Mount Everest to climbers for keeping protesters away from the Olympic torch parade.

According to a report in Times Online, Chinese authorities have halted access to its side of the mountain that straddles the border between Tibet and Nepal amid reports of a third day of protests by Tibetan monks around Lhasa, the capital of Tibet.

Carrying the Olympic torch to the 29,035ft (8,840m) summit has been hailed by the Games host city, Beijing, as one of the grandest feats of the event.

China to build 18-mile bridge

China to build 18-mile bridgeLondon, Mar. 10: China has announced plans to build an 18-mile bridge linking Hong Kong, Macau and the mainland.

According to The Telegraph, officials have agreed to revive a five-year-old plan and will seek private partners to help fund half of the 2.95 billion pound fund needed to link the two former colonies with the southern Chinese city of Zhuhai, a special economic zone that adjoins Macau on the mainland.

Reports from Hong Kong said yesterday that the road bridge would begin on Lantau Island, home to Hong Kong's airport, and cross to Macau with a Y-like branch heading off to Zhuhai.

China to conduct its first space walk in October

China to conduct its first space walk in OctoberNew Delhi, Mar. 6: China is planning to conduct its first space walk in October from a Shenzhou VII spacecraft.

There will be three taikonauts, as China's astronauts are known, aboard the Shenzhou VII and one of them will undertake the space walk.

The China Daily quoted senior space engineers as saying on Wednesday that a research team had been set up to conduct a feasibility study for a space station.

China criticises Pentagon report on its "military prowess"

China MilitaryNew Delhi, Mar. 5: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in China has strongly criticised a Pentagon report on China's military modernization, claiming that facts have been distorted.

"It is also an interference in China's internal affairs and violates norms on international relations. China is firmly opposed to it," Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told reporters in Beijing.

Speaking on behalf of the Chinese Government, Gang urged the US to abandon its Cold War mentality and adopt the right attitude toward Beijing and its development.

China Minmetals invests in Indian JV

China Minmetals invests in Indian JVNew Delhi, Mar. 5: The state-owned metals trader, China Minmetals Corp, has announced plans to set up an iron and steel joint venture in India.

This will be the first major Chinese investment in the Indian steel industry.

The facility, built by China Minmetals with Xinxing Pipes Group and three Indian companies, will have an annual production capacity of 2.5 million tons of steel and six million tons of iron ore pellets, a company statement said.

Archaeological survey reveals unknown aspects of China's past

Archaeological survey reveals unknown aspects of China's pastWashington, March 4: An international team of archaeologists have used a method known as regional settlement pattern survey to develop a multifarious overview of an important but understudied region along the northeastern coast of China.

Working from the past 13 years, the team consists of archaeologists from the Field Museum in the US and Shandong University in China.

China to raise its defence budget by 17.6 percent

China to raise its defence budget by 17.6 percentNew Delhi, Mar. 4: China plans to increase its defence budget by 17.6 percent in 2008, or to 417.769 billion yuan, a rise of 62.379 billion yuan from the actual military spending last year, Jiang Enzhu, a spokesman for the annual session of the National People's Congress (NPC), told reporters in Beijing on Monday.

The budget increase is equivalent to 57.229 billion U. S. dollars if converted at the exchange rate by the end of last year, Jiang said.

Chinese Government to use religion to promote social harmony

Chinese Government to use religion to promote social harmonyNew Delhi, Mar. 4 : Jia Qinglin, the Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), has pledged to use religion for promoting social harmony across China.

"We should fully follow the policy on freedom of religious belief, implement the regulations on religious affairs, and conduct thorough research on important and difficult issues related to religion," The China Daily quoted him, as saying.

Indo-China joint military exercise will continue, says Pranab Mukherjee

New Delhi, Mar 3: External Affairs Minister, Pranab MukherjeeExternal Affairs Minister, Pranab Mukherjee, has stated that the second joint military exercise between India and China will continue this year for deepening mutual understanding and trust between the Armed Forces.

While delivering the suo motu statement on 'Foreign Policy-related Developments' in Lok Sabha, Pranab Mukherjee said: "India and China would hold the second annual defence dialogue as well as the second joint military exercise this year in an effort to continue deepening mutual understanding and trust between our Armed Forces".

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