Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi province, replaced 8,000 petrol-powered taxis with electric vehicles in a single year. What did we learn? BYD electric taxi (Pic: Wikimedia Commons) Traditionally, Taiyuan has had little to distinguish itself from most other Chinese cities. As the capital city of Shanxi province in the north-east,Read More →

China is planning to build its second foreign naval base in Pakistan following the ribbon cutting ceremony for its first overseas base in Djibouti last July. Sources close to the People’s Liberation Army have confirmed to the South China Morning Post that a Chinese naval port is being built at a strategic locationRead More →

The Chinese president made the statement during his recent inspection of a Ground Force division from the Central Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Chinese President Xi Jinping has issued a call to build up a high-tech military, including the development of an elite fighting force that wouldRead More →

Experts opine that China’s underwater surveillance network would definitely boost its overall maritime strength but not much in the Indian Ocean. This is because India has already adopted mission-based deployments at key points in the Indian Ocean and also has a center dedicated to analysis of oceanographic data. New DelhiRead More →

The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has announced that all arrangements for using the Chinese currency for trade and investment are already in place. The central bank of Pakistan has given permission for the Chinese yuan to be used for investment and bilateral trade deals, which will eventually replace the dollarin Pakistan-China trade. The increase in tradeRead More →

The last three decades have seen the Chinese experience an absolutely unprecedented increase in human well-being. Poverty — and we are talking about serious, hand-to-mouth poverty (not having trouble affording insurance that pays for million-dollar cancer treatments) — has dropped from about 60% to under 5%. Forests of skyscrapers roseRead More →