Sowmiya Ashok

Sowmiya Ashok

Sowmiya Ashok is an independent journalist based in Chennai, India. She writes about politics, environment, migration, tech and China. She was previously based in Beijing and Delhi

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South Asian medical students left in limbo as China’s border remains shut to foreigners

Many still pay full international fees even as all courses are now conducted online, even surgical lessons.

Many still pay full international fees even as all courses are now conducted online, even surgical lessons.

1 Nov 2021 - 9:12AM
Will ‘self-reliant’ India’s second wave of Covid-19 force a rethink on China ties?

Traditional industries such as garment manufacturing have taken a hit, and with unemployment rising and greater economic woes expected, some experts question if it is time to reconsider.

Traditional industries such as garment manufacturing have taken a hit, and with unemployment rising and greater economic woes expected, some experts question if it is time to reconsider.

25 May 2021 - 7:14AM
Oxygen on Taobao: how Chinese and Indian expats are sending life-saving Covid-19 equipment to help combat India’s second wave

China is the world’s biggest manufacturer of oxygen concentrators, but deteriorating ties between Beijing and New Delhi means sourcing them has become complicated.

China is the world’s biggest manufacturer of oxygen concentrators, but deteriorating ties between Beijing and New Delhi means sourcing them has become complicated.

10 May 2021 - 11:22AM
Border tensions and Covid-19 leave India’s Chinese-language tourist guides lost in translation

With peak season arriving, business has all but dried up, prompting Chinese-language guides to ponder a new career.

With peak season arriving, business has all but dried up, prompting Chinese-language guides to ponder a new career.

28 Sep 2020 - 9:32AM
‘Product of China’: India snubs its China-educated doctors even as Covid-19 runs rampant

Thousands of Indian students who graduate in China are being blocked from working by the notorious Foreign Medical Graduate Exam – and it’s not the only prejudice they face.

Thousands of Indian students who graduate in China are being blocked from working by the notorious Foreign Medical Graduate Exam – and it’s not the only prejudice they face.

14 Sep 2020 - 8:41AM