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China’s dog-meat festival begins defying government campaign

SHANGHAI (CHINA) – Defying a government campaign to improve animal welfare and reduce health risks in the wake of the coronavirus spread, China’s notorious dog-meat festival got under way. However, activists are hopeful its days are numbered. The annual 10-day festival in the southwestern city of Yulin attracts thousands of visitors, many of whom buy […]

India, China commanders conduct parley on border

NEW DELHI (INDIA) – Indian and Chinese military commanders held a second round of discussions to ease tensions on their contested border on Monday as the public mood hardened in India for a military and economic riposte to China following the worst clash in over five decades. According to an Indian government source, corps commanders […]

China relaxes green rules for petrol-electric hybrids

BEIJING (CHINA) – China re-classified petrol-electric hybrid vehicles on Monday to enable them to get more favourable treatment than all-petrol or diesel counterparts. This makes it easier for automakers to meet environment quotas and offer more choice. The nation has some of the world’s strictest regulations with regard to the production of fossil-fuel

India, China accuse each other of violating de facto border

NEW DELHI/BEIJING (Asia) – India and China on Saturday each traded accusations that the other had violated their shared de facto border, an area that this week became the site of the deadliest clash in half a century between the two nuclear-armed giants. A day after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought to downplay Monday’s […]