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  • Modi_WangOn a special mission sent by President Xi Jinping, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met newly sworn in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Inch Closer. fjallraven kanken backpacks One of the first strategic diplomatic meetings for Mr. Modi after taking office on the 26th of May, Beijing made sure that they made their mark on 7 Race Course Road, the official address of the Indian prime minister. At a time when Mr. Modi has already met SAARC leaders and expressed interest in meeting US president Obama and Japan’s Premier Shinzo Abe, Beijing is keeping a close eye on the man they have honed for so long. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang was the first foreign Head of Government to call Mr. air max pas cher Modi to convey his congratulations after he took over as Prime Minister. After the meeting Mr. Modi commented that China is always a “priority” in India’s foreign policy and welcomed greater economic engagement between the two countries. On a two day visit to New Delhi, Mr. new balance 999 homme blanche Wang Yi, initially met with India’s first female External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj where he discussed finer points of the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement, India’s sinking trade deficit with China which is expected to be solved with the Middle Kingdom assisting in the establishment of SEZ’s which will prove to be manufacturing powerhouses and export gold mines as well as final chinks in the Chinese President’s impending trip proposed this November. Air Max Goedkoop Nonetheless, before that Xi and Modi will have an opportunity to meet during the next BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Summit to be held in Brazil this July. Kanken No.2 Read more

  • TATA GROUP PHOTO img-Y26135148-0001Mesmerized by the tale of the Tatas bilateral relationship with a city that was once known as the Paris of the East Inchin Closer explores a personal story, which highlights scintillating Shanghai during an era of change. The 1930-40’s were a time when the two neighbours were at the height of their glory, just before Indian Independence in 1947 and the formation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, it was a time when trade was booming and India and China each sought new identities for a modern era.

    In an exclusive interview with Inchin Closer, author Mishi Saran delves deeper into her story – “A House for Mr. Tata – An Old Shanghai Tale,” published recently in an anthology, Travelling In, Travelling Out – A book of unexpected Journeys; edited by Namita Gokhale. (HarperCollins India, January 2014)

    Ms. Saran’s story weaves back to when Bejan Dadabhoy Tata, a distant cousin of the founders of the House of Tata, left India’s shores and made it big in Shanghai.  Her detailed pen swerves through the history of a nation in flux to stitch together the personal tale of a man who succeeded and built his home in China. By bringing to life intricate details through a first hand interview with B.D. Tata’s son, Jehangir Bejan Tata, just before he passed away last November, Ms. Saran unveils the family’s struggle to prove ownership of their house – Avan Villa — which their father built and remnants of which continue to stand in the heart of modern day Shanghai at No. 458 Wulumuqi North Road.

    Although Jehangir Bejan Tata tried persistently to retrieve papers to prove ownership of their house over the past few decades, the exercise has proved futile. Besides some documents, the family also has photos of the house, of Shanghai in the 1940’s and pieces of their life in Sam Tata’s photos. Sam Tata, Jehangir Bejan Tata’s brother, was a photographer and had worked alongside Henri Cartier-Bresson, a master of candid photography and one of the world’s most renowned photojournalists. Sam Tata published a book of his photos taken during Shanghai’s extraordinary summer in 1949 and called it Shanghai 1949, The End of An Era.

    In addition to detailing the Tata family’s ongoing struggle to obtain proof of their original ownership of Avan Villa, Ms. Saran’s tale also signals the presence of a Zoroastrian prayer hall and cemetery in Shanghai. On a request from Inchin Closer, she dug out an ancient map of the city, showing exactly where these relics stand and also sent in photos of their existence today.

    The unveiling of this story brings to life many interesting facts, anecdotes and tales of a rich, shared Inchin history. Read on for a detailed interview with the author Ms. Mishi Saran

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  • india_china_talks-660_042413092442In order to cement its role in smoothing India-China relations, the Indian National Congress  facilitated a high level meeting between Indian Foreign secretary Sujatha Singh and her counterpart vice foreign minister Liu Zhenmin in Beijing for the sixth round of strategic dialogue last week. Besides deepening trade and economic ties, the foreign secretaries also chalked out the path ahead by reaffirming their alliance and bilateral commitment to each other.

    An important decision declared during the meeting was China’s rejection of India’s proposal to establish a Consulate in Lhasa, Tibet. As a reciprocal move New Delhi has refused China permission to set up a consulate in Kolkata. India will now plan to establish another office in Chengdu, Sichuan Province or Kunming, Yunnan Province. She had earlier also considered a consulate or trade office in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

    Furthermore, prior to President Xi Jinping’s visit to India later this year, both sides also held intensive consultations on bilateral, regional and international issues including the contentious border, India’s ballooning trade deficit, the proposed special economic zones and plans for this years events during the Year of India-China Friendly Exchanges

  • nepal-mapChina is expanding her presence in Nepal, the mountainous region that’s North of India and home to some of the most spectacular landscapes on Earth. While India and Nepal have had a very close economic and political correlation owning to their geographic proximity, China until recently has remained a bit distant to the neighbour who shares a wall with both India and China. However, China is now getting cozy with Nepal leading India to keep a sharp eye out for warming relations. In October last year China put into effect her new strategy entitled zhoubian or Peripheral Diplomacy under which she has been expanding her influence around Lumbini, Buddha’s birthplace which lies inside Nepal and barely 25 km across the border from India. Nike Free 4.0 V2 Goedkoop Further, the number of Chinese Learning Centres (CLCs) operating in schools in Nepal’s border villages have also grown as per a directive from the Shashastra Seema Bal (SSB), manning the sensitive 550-km India-Nepal Border in the two states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. In addition to soft power, China is also keen to capture Khatmandu though her economic might. Nike Air Max 90 II CamouflagDame The Chinese central bank today allowed Nepal to double its investment in Chinese government securities upto RMB 2.4 billion, paving the way for Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) to put more cash in secure debt instruments, like bonds, issued by the neighbouring country, enabling Chinese companies to make further in roads into Nepal through financial instruments. Read more

  • image (1)In the first meeting between the new leaders of the world’s most populous countries, Chinese Premier Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi set the stage for healthy bilateral ties. Nike Air Max 1 Heren Meeting on the sidelines of the sixth BRICS summit in Brazil, just days after the Football World Cup finals, both leaders agreed to boost bilateral trade and smoothly resolve the border issue. China claims more than 90,000 sq km (35,000 sq miles) in the eastern sector of the Himalayas. Air Max 2015 Zwart Oranje Goedkoop India says China occupies 38,000 sq km of its territory on the Aksai Chin plateau in the west. During the 80 minute meeting, the neighbours agreed they would rather be long-term strategic partners, rather than competitors. A statement in local Chinese media – Xinhua said that China and India aim to work together to achieve peaceful development and cooperation so that the 2.5 billion people between our nations can live a better life and regional ties can be strengthened. Air Max 2016 Heren Goedkoop In extending a hand, President Xi Jinping will also visit India is September, and has invited Modi to attend the 21 member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting, or APEC in China two months later. India has never attended an APEC summit, and has long sought to become a member to help boost its economy. Air Max Tailwind 8 Goedkoop APEC includes Canada, Mexico, Russia and the United States and accounts for about 40 percent of the world’s population, 55 percent of global gross domestic product and 44 percent of world trade. Read more

  • img-chinasworldwidereachjanuary20141500pxinfographic_101104395042In a small yet significant trend, the worlds companies are gradually being run by Indian executives and Chinese investors.

    Over the past few months it has been observed by Inchin Closer, that a large number of multinational companies have elected Indian CEO’s to their helm, while being fueled by funds from the Mainland. In a story corroborated with by the Wall Street Journal, there are more Indians heading global Fortune 500 companies than Chinese while there is more money invested in these Fortune 500 companies either directly or indirectly from China than India.

    As the world’s axis maintains its Eastward tilt, companies are beginning to work with a more Asian bent in operations, catering more to Asian consumer tastes and focusing increasingly on services, a trait well ingrained in Asia.

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  • 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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  • 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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