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February, 2014

  • chinese graduatesChinese students are breaking many barriers their parents could have only dreamt of a few decades ago. Not only are Chinese students the maximum number by nationality in most foreign universities, sensing the opportunity, an increasing number of foreign universities are also setting up campuses in China. Acknowledging this high rate of Chinese student enrollments, many foreign universities – 60 percent of Australian Universities according to China Daily, now also accept Gaokao marks as part of their admissions process. Li Baoli, Europe projects manager for EIC Group, said universities in France, Germany, Italy and Spain are also accepting gaokao students.

    The Gaokao is China’s national, unilateral and highly competitive exam to gain admission into Chinese universities. Highly contested for, the Gaokao is extremely difficult, enabling universities to sift students based on marks obtained and is a highly stressful time for both parents and students.

    The same also holds true for Indian students, over the past three years several foreign universities have either signed MOU’s with leading Indian universities or have set up centers in the country. The most recent university being the University of Chicago setting up a center in Gurgaon, a little outside Delhi. The center which will serve as a place of research and collaboration will also seek to enrol more students by strengthening its alumni on the ground.

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  • mahatma-gandhiA sense of peace, non violence and justice for the common man – virtues Mahatma Gandhi has instilled in Indians is now becoming highly popular in China. His autobiography – The Story of My Experiments With Truth, which has already sold more than 200,000 copies in India alone and has been translated in to some 35 languages, will now be translated in Mandarin to cater to what Chinese scholars say is the “growing interest” in the leader in their country.

    Academics from the Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou are expected to translate what is known as the holy grail of the non violent fight for justice. “A lot of people, especially the young, in China are interested about Gandhi’s work but unable to find anything in the local language,” Dr Huang Yinghong, the University’s main translator told the BBC, adding that he planned to launch the five volumes of translated works by the end of the year.

    Gandhi isn’t the only Indian to have his works translated into Mandarin, making them accessible to another fifth of the worlds population. Rabindranath Tagore who composed the Indian national anthem, also had his poems translated into Mandarin. Tagore in fact is a highly respected and known poet in China. When his links with romanticizing pre-Mao China became known recently, the Indian government inaugurated a bust of the bard in central Shanghai as a mark of his intercultural exchanges.

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  • moving manufacturingIs India on the verge of missing out on one of its largest economic opportunities in recent times? As the yuan rises, environmental concerns balloon and labour and raw material costs increase, the benefits of logistics and better infrastructure in China are giving way to cheaper production costs in India. Yes, slowly if India plays all her cards right, she could be the next factory of the world, dethroning China and taking pride in the ‘Made in India’ tag.

    Yes, but thats only if she plays her cards right – ensures uniform taxation, policies, a steady supply of water, electricity, better infrastructure and logistsics for her manufacturers. And that is a big IF. Skeptics believe India will miss the boat, that she cannot replace in manufacturing what she did for the services sector in outsourcing, yet for those in the tertiary sector theres a glimmer of hope – raw material costs in India are low, the talent and skill sets are there and India is a huge market herself.

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  • inchin tradeIn what now seems a regular, annual check-up on the status of Sino-Indian relations, Chinese Special Representative and State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Indian Special Representative and National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon met in New Delhi earlier this week to ponder on the health of our neighborly relations post the reciprocal premier visits last year. Although this was the 17th meeting on the border issue, both sides agreed to maintain the status quo on peaceful and friendly relations.

    Besides each maintaining their positions on the border issue, both special representatives also discussed bilateral relations and international and regional issues of mutual interest. They also agreed that as the world’s two biggest developing countries and emerging market economies, China and India hold special and common responsibility for promoting regional and even global peace and development.Furthermore, they agreed that the two sides should maintain high-level exchanges, and continuously increase strategic trust and coordination. The two sides also expressed willingness to push forward the convergence of the markets of the two countries and smoothly encourage railway, industrial park cooperation as well as Bangladesh-India-China-Myanmar economic corridor construction, and to tie up in the building of a “Silk Road” economic belt.

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  • India to launch Chinese satellite by year end Acknowledging India’s superiority in the Satellite space the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) will be working together with UK’s Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSLT) to create three Earth observation satellites for China.  The satellites will form a new constellation to observe the earth, helping governments predict and cope with natural disasters better. This marks the first time, India and China will be partnering together for joint space exploration.

    Antrix Corporation, ISRO’s commercial wing recently signed an agreement with DMC International Imaging, a group firm of UK-based Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, to launch three 350-kg DMC-3 disaster monitoring satellites. Antrix also signed another Launch Services Agreement with ST Electronics (Satcom & Sensor Systems) Pte Ltd, Singapore, for launch of TeLEOS-1 Earth Observation Satellite, on-board PSLV. The three satellites are expected to be launched by this year end or early 2015 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, South east India. The DMC – 3’s imaging capacity will be leased to Beijing-based Twenty First Century Aerospace Technology Company Limited (21AT) for a period of seven years.

    The satellites will be put into orbit by Isro’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, which put into orbit some of India’s most important satellites such as the Chandrayaan-1 and Mars Orbiter Mission.

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