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  • ~ By Charmaine Mirza

    Even as Beijing’s citizens are making “lung cleansing” trips to Antarctica and Iceland to break free of a fossil-fuel smog encased China, the Chinese government is already taking action to make its citizens breathe easier. Perhaps Delhi needs to sit up and take notice before it has to declare more “state of emergency due to pollution” scenarios, like we witnessed in 2016. India is a country with enormous elemental abundance, which can easily be harnessed to create clean, efficient, economical energy. So where do we stand versus China in this matter?

    • In China installed wind capacity has crossed 129 GW in India installed wind capacity is approximately 23.4 GW
    • Installed solar capacity is over 43 GW in China; in India installed solar capacity is just about 5 GW
    • China is aiming for 150 GW of solar and 200 GW of wind by 2020; India’s target for 2022 is 100 GW of solar and 60 GW of wind.

    The National Energy Administration is planning a massive investment in renewable energy that are cleaner, greener, and more efficient – and has committed a stupendous investment of 2.5 trillion yuan to make China’s free of its dependency on fossil fuels by 2020. India is not all that far behind as one of the top ten investors in renewable sources of energy worldwide, but it have an uphill task ahead of her.

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  • ~ By Charmaine Mirza

    Where are the Chinese headed in India? A question worth asking even as Wang Jainlin, Wanda’s big boss, committed 60,000 crores towards infrastructure in Haryana at the beginning of 2016. A massive industrial park in Kharkoda, near Sonipat, in Haryana is Wanda’s latest drop (more like a downpour, we feel!) in the Indian Ocean. Is this a trailblazing move by China’s cowboy investor, or is he riding a silent wave of Chinese investment? Inchin Closer dives beneath the surface of the matter to take a closer look.

    • What makes India an attractive prospect for our Chinese neighbours?
    • Who exactly are these new arrivals off the Chinese junks?

    Haryana is leading the Indian pack to lure the Chinese into the Indian playground. So what’s Haryana doing to get the Chinese in? Chief Minister Khattar has made a terrific pitch highlighting:

    • The ease of doing business and regulation reforms under his regime.
    • Low rent leases
    • Friendly tax breaks
    • Haryana’s enhanced infrastructure facilities.
    • It’s strategic location with close proximity to the National Capital Region.

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  • medical-tourism-in-india-swarna-18-638The Indian medical tourism industry is about see to high levels of adrenaline as patients from China increasingly look to their Southern neighbour for cheap medical drugs, high quality treatment and professional doctors.

    According to a report by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce (Ficci) and KPMG accounting firm in September 2014, India has become the world’s fastest-growing medical tourism market receiving more than 230,000 medical tourism visitors, mostly from the West.

    India’s medical tourism market is expected to more than double in size from US$ 3 billion at present to around US$ 8 billion by 2020, according to a CII – Grant Thornton white paper. Almost 80 years after Dr. Kotnis went to China in a humble mission to help injured Chinese soliders, many Indian hospitals, Inchin Closer is talking to – are looking at attracting Chinese patients – especially oncology patients.

    The lure is simple, while oncology treatments costs an arm and a leg in China, the costs are substantially low in India. Take for example, in Russia heart surgery costs US$ 20,000, but it only costs US$ 6,000 in India. Prices for liver transplants in the United States are more than US$ 200,000, but only US$ 14,000 in India. Robotic knee surgery can cost up to US$ 80,000 in the Middle East and Australia, while in India for just costs US$ 10,000.

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  • File photo of a worker walking past a pile of steel pipe products at the yard of Youfa steel pipe plant in Tangshan in China's Hebei Province~ By Charmaine Mirza

    Bao Steel, China’s largest producer recently raised its steel prices for the first time in two years. The behemoth was leading the way for several Chinese steel factories who have subsequently raised prices due to a massive injection of funds into the domestic market which has spurred interim growth.

    Given that a massive over supply and softened demand in the domestic economy is generally the precursor to a crisis.  The sudden boom in global steel prices since mid-March has left several pundits scratching their heads, most of who feel it won’t last long. Steel being a tenacious topic between China and India, Inchin Closer pauses to check the ductility of the steel industry’s Asian backbone and its butterfly effect on the global economy.

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  • — By Charmaine Mirza JNPT - Hindu Business Line

    China has swept the shipping industry off its feet in a massive tsunami wave of dominance over Asia’s waters. In comparison, India’s harbours are barely a drop in the ocean.

    As the Chinese economy starts to lose steam, the mandarin sea dragon is huffing and puffing to stay on top of the wave – even as the Indian ocean-crocodile starts to snap its jaws. Even as we conclude the Maritime India Summit, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in Mumbai, is ramping up productivity. Currently one of the largest port facilities in the country, JNPT had a record number of container lifts in 2015-16 as compared to previous years.

    In contrast, China’s shipping industry is flailing badly, and ruthlessly crashing its shipping rates to do whatever it takes to maintain its flagship status. So do Indian ports really hold a strategic advantage over mainland China’s anchorages? Inchin Closer takes a closer look from the crow’s nest to analyze the situation and weigh the options based on the following:

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  • india-retail-ecommerce India’s digital space is expanding exponentially and has a huge potential for growth. While the country has already become the cynosure for software, bouyed by the growth of smartphones, an ecommerce revolution is brewing, with B2C and B2B companies vying for top consumer sales.

    Analysts pin the reason to India’s large and growing consumer base whose disposable income is only set to increase, raising the desire to consume more products and drive sales of both smartphones and online retail up. According to an eMarketer report, India’s e-commerce sales in 2014 were US$5.3 billion, 1/80th the size of China’s US$426.26 billion and 1/58th the size of the US’ US$305.6 billion. China will likely exceed US$1 trillion in retail ecommerce sales by 2018, accounting for more than 40 percent of the total worldwide. Similarly, although India has a population of 1.3 billion, making it the world’s third largest market, slightly more than one in 10 own a smartphone, creating a huge potential for growth.

    Considering that India’s population is expected to surpass China’s by 2028, the magnanimity of growth for consumer led digital devices and services is humongous. Its no wonder then, that Jack Ma has decided to start selling in India in August this year. The Hangzhou based entrepreneur millionaire, has already been to India twice this year to meet key decision makers including Prime Minister Modi. Smelling ripe opportunity Ma, has also appointed a startup-genius Suhas Gopinath to help him identify Indian companies in the digital space worth investing in. Confirming the growth potential in the Ecommerce market, Flipkart, India’s largest e-commerce firm, recently raised US$550 million at a valuation of US$15 billion.

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  • brahmaputraChina today operationalized and put into commercial run the US$1.52 billion (9.6 billion yuan) Zam Hydropower Station, the largest in Tibet. Built on the upper reaches of the 2,900-km Brahmaputra river also known as the Yarlung Zangbo River, which flows through Tibet into India and later into Bangladesh is a major source of livelihood for Indians and Bangladeshis.

    The damming of the river, has been a major bone of contention between India and China for a few years now. While the river originates in Tibet, and Beijing has assured India it will not dam the waters but build the dams to generate electricity, New Delhi has been weary the sweet and sour neighbour might usurp power to flood or create a drought situation in North Eastern India during times of unease. As a result, Indian officials monitor and measure the flow of water into India from China to ensure the country is ready for any eventuality, such as the possible holding back and sudden release of water by China.

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  • border By changing her stance on developing infrastructure along the border with China, India is at risk of taking a few steps back from border discussions the two armies and leaders of state have recently held. Air Max 2015 Flyknit Goedkoop Up until now, India was reluctant to develop roads along the Chinese border for fear that it would make it easier for the Chinese army to penetrate India if they did attack. The change in mindset, not only echos New Delhi’s reformed opinion on China but also points towards an onset of a more aggressive position towards her largest trading partner. India recently announced it has plans to invest US$6.5billion (India’s largest-ever single infrastructure project) to construct a 1,800km (1,118 miles) all-weather road which will stretch from Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh state to where the borders of India and China meet with Myanmar. NIKE AIR MAX 2017 HEREN DAME LOVERS ZWART WIT The two nations recently saw tempers flare as the Chinese army invaded disputed areas along the border even as President Xi Jinping was in New Delhi to boost trade, investment and softer ties between the neighbours. Nike AIR Max 2017 Zwart While violations of the de facto border are a common affair, the conspicuous timing and motives of the latest intrusion, and its broader implications for Sino-Indian relations, merit greater scrutiny. Read more

  • C713X0179H_2013資料照片_N71_copy1Plans are afoot to revive Bihar’s economy with Chinese investments in industry, technology and tourism. Located in East India, Bihar is a state which has one of the highest populations and until recently has depended highly on agriculture. Nike Air Max Heren However as the state aspires to rise up, the local government is keen on attract investments based on her rich historic past. Bihar, is known as the original site of the first recorded activities of Siddhartha, or Buddha, that once made it the center of the Maurya Empire of India in the 3rd century BC and was visited by pilgrims from China and other countries some 1,500 years ago. Similar to Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, one of India’s largest states in Central India is also following suit. Nike Air Max 2017 Heren Goedkoop The local government is keen to attract Chinese investments to Sanchi University and help raise it to the status of Nalanda University, where Chinese monk Xuan Zhang once studied. Air Max 2015 Wit Goedkoop By attracting Chinese investments due to their historic significance, Indian states are keen to uplift their economies and drive ailing infrastructure in the state. Nike Free TR Fit Goedkoop Despite their rich cultural heritage, the area has remained poor and underdeveloped, however the local governments are toying with the idea of replicating Industrial parks along the lines of those created in China to boost development in industry. Nike Air Max 90 Honeycomb Dame Read more

  • iphone-5s-gold-smallChina is poised to take the software industry by storm. Two notable achievement in the past few days place her at the top of the software hierarchy. In the last week, China launched her very own operating system – China Operating System, or COS as it’s become known, she also climbed ahead of India in the number of software developers and is closing the gap in the size of human resource skilled in information, communication and technology (ICT) – an area that India has dominated for over two decades.

    The combined moves mean that China now not only has the skill set to develop better software and hardware than India, but also the capabilities, infrastructure and market to nurture her own software, a feat India hasn’t managed to accomplish yet.

    According to statistics released by research firm International Data Corp (IDC), The US accounts for 19 percent of global software developers. In 2013 however, China just inched ahead of India with a 10 percent share of global software developers while India’s share is 9.8 percent. Over the past few years, mounting on a hardware dominance, China has consciously nurtured the growth of software developers. Understanding that its just as important to develop and run her own software, China underwent a massive strategy to cultivate programmers and give them English language skills. It is these army of software engineers who understand English that fueled the growth in Chinese borne, hugely popular social networking sites – Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent.

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