Some of the events planned by India and China to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties starting from Wednesday will be hit by the virus outbreak but the cooperation between the dragon and the elephant will emerge stronger and their relationship can scale new heights after the pandemic, a senior Chinese official said.
In May, China will mark a milestone in the history of its space exploits. Next month, Beijing is scheduled to launch the 55th and last satellite of its BeiDou constellation of navigation satellites.
A total of 9,308 military personnel from 103 countries had participated in the 10-day military world games, also called the Olympics of the military, that was held in Wuhan, Hubei, from 18-27 October 2019.
While over 200 countries worldwide are battling to win the war against the “Wuhan virus” (the taxonomy wing of the WHO has named the virus Covid-19), Chinese envoys, state-sponsored media and its propaganda machinery are in a damage control mode to save “Brand China” that has been hit by the outbreak of the deadly virus.
American lawyer Larry Klayman, who has filed a $20 trillion lawsuit against the Chinese government, believes that the US intelligence agencies have evidence to prove beyond doubt that Covid-19 is a biological weapon.
Even as the world reels under the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic with almost 6 lakh cases worldwide and more than 27, 000 deaths, it seems that China — where the virus originated, has controlled the virus and is now moving back on track towards an economic recovery.
As the number of persons testing positive for COVID-19 continues to rise in India, the Centre has been trying to procure essential medical items needed to treat coronavirus patients, including ventilators and key components of protective gears from China.
China on Wednesday said that it has neither created the coronavirus nor intentionally transmitted it and that usage of terms like “Chinese virus” or “Wuhan virus” is wrong.
The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic that has brought the world to its knees with the infections spreading across more than a 100 countries could have been stopped if China, where the virus first broke out, had taken preventive measures from the start.
In early March, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis was furious with China's ambassador in Prague and demanding that Beijing replace the envoy.
The self-ruled democratic island has had to scramble its own fighter jets in response to recent Chinese manoeuvres, designed to show that Beijing’s military might remains unbowed by the health crisis.
The People’s Liberation Army Air Force of China and its sister branch, the PLA Naval Air Force, operate a huge fleet of around 1,700 combat aircraft—defined here as fighters, bombers and attack planes.
In an apparent reference to US President Donald Trump’s repeated reference to the global ‘coronavirus pandemic’ as ‘Chinese virus’, Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong on Monday said that some people stigmatizing China by using such terms.
During the Cold War, it was China that relied on huge armies of infantry armed with old Soviet-designed weapons.
China has been focusing on expanding its navy in recent weeks to counter Taiwan, even as it has been battling the Covid-19 outbreak which engulfed much of the country beyond the epicentre of Wuhan.