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Japan slips into recession, becomes 4th-largest economy behind US, China and now Germany

TOKYO, FEBRUARY 15: Japan's economy is now the world's 4th-largest after it contracted in the last quarter of 2023 and fell behind Germany. The gGovernment reported the economy shrank at an annual rate of 0.4% in October to December, according to Cabinet Office data on real GDP, though it grew 1.9% for all of 2023. It contracted 2.9% in July-September. Two straight quarters of contraction are considered an indicator an economy is in a technical recession. Japan's economy was the 2nd largest until 2010, when it was overtaken by China's....
North East

Tawang villagers slam China for aggressive claims

TAWANG, OCTOBER 2: The residents of the bordering villages in Arunachal Pradesh are expressing their outrage over China's actions towards Arunachal Pradesh and asserting that the State will forever remain an integral part of India. In August this year, China released a 'standard map' claiming Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin as part of its territory. The villagers of Sengnup, Kharseneng, and Grengkhar villages under the Tawang sector said that they are living in a peaceful environment and that they feel secure because of the Indian army and the current Government....
World

China suspected of using AI on social media to sway US voters, says Microsoft

NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 8: Microsoft researchers said on Thursday they found what they believe is a network of fake, Chinese-controlled social media accounts seeking to influence US voters by using artificial intelligence. A Chinese Embassy spokesperson in Washington said that accusations of China using AI to create fake social media accounts were "full of prejudice and malicious speculation" and that China advocates for the safe use of AI. In a new research report, Microsoft said the social media accounts were part of a suspected Chinese information operation. The campaign bore...
North East

Arunachal MLA urges PM to take up map issue with China during G20 summit

Itanagar, August 31: Senior Congress MLA of Arunachal Pradesh Ninong Ering has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to raise the issue of China showing in its map Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin as part of its territory, with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the upcoming G20 Summit in New Delhi next month. Ering who represents the Pasighat West constituency in the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly claimed that China had made its claim on territories earlier too. “This unforeseen, unfortunate yet deliberate incident on the part of China has invoked deep resentment...
India

China releases new edition of ‘standard map’ showing its territorial claims including Arunachal Pradesh

BEIJING, AUGUST 29: China on Monday officially released the 2023 edition of its “standard map” incorporating the disputed areas including its claims over Arunachal Pradesh, Aksai Chin region, Taiwan and the disputed South China Sea. India has repeatedly said that the State of Arunachal Pradesh has “always been” and will “always be” an integral part of the country. “The 2023 edition of China’s standard map was officially released on Monday and launched on the website of the standard map service hosted by the Ministry of Natural Resources”, state-run Global Times...
World

China flood may deepen global grain crisis amid India’s export ban, blow on Black Sea initiative

SINGAPOR/BEIJING, AUGUST 12: Floods have damaged corn and rice crops in China's key northern grain-producing belt, traders and analysts said, with more rain in the forecast as another typhoon approaches, threatening to add to global food inflation pressures. The hit to China's cereal crops ~ the full extent of which is not yet clear ~ comes as consumers worldwide face tightening food supplies amid India's ban on rice exports last month and disruptions in Black Sea grain shipments caused by the war in Ukraine. "The flooded area in the north...
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