China - GS questions based on daily current affairs

1)   China is set to launch a new cruise ship in SCS islands from where to which point?

a. Sanya to Yongle
b. Xisha to Yongle
c. Sanya to Xisha
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Sanya to Yongle

China is all set to launch a new cruise ship in the disputed South China Sea's islands in Dec 2016 to promote tourism, media report indicated on 9th Dec.

Nanhai Zhi Meng, the new cruise ship with a capacity of 893 people, will start its maiden voyage in late December.

It will conduct the cruise from Sanya to the Yongle Islands which are administered by China's newly-built city in the South China Sea called Sansha in Hainan province.

The cruise ship, owned by the Nanhai Cruises company, has finished a trial voyage

The trip will take four days, mainly visiting the islands of Yinyu, Quanfu and Yagong in the Xisha (Paracel) Islands, the report said.

The ship is scheduled to make the voyage 4-6 times each month.

SCS Dispute

  • The Paracel Islands also claimed by Vietnam.
  • These are a cluster of islets, sandbanks and reefs southeast of Hainan Island.
  • They are famous for their unusual scenery and ecosystem.
  • Sansha city on Yongxing, one of the Xisha islands, was founded in July 2012 by China.
  • City envisages tourism as its economic engine and administers three island groups i.e. Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha.
  • Along with these are surrounding SCS waters.
  • Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan are the other disputants in SCS region.

2)   New thrush species found in eastern Himalayas is named after

a. Prime Minister Narendra Modi
b. Dr. Salim Ali
c. APJ Abdul Kalam
d. Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Dr. Salim Ali

An international team of scientists have described a new species of the thrush in northeastern India and adjacent parts of China. The species was distinguished by its musical song. The Himalayan Forest Thrush (Zoothera salimalii) is common in the eastern Himalaya range but was overlooked till now because of its similarity in appearance to the plain-backed thrush, now renamed as Alpine thrush. This is the first Indian bird to be named after late Dr. Salim Ali, who was closely associated with Bombay Natural History Society as researcher, honorary secretary and president. The bird has been named after him in recognition of his huge contribution to the development of modern Indian ornithology and wildlife conservation. The Himalayan Forest Thrush is only the fourth new bird species described from India by modern ornithologists since Independence. What first caught the attention of the scientists was the fact that the ones found in forests (Himalayan forest thrush) had a rather musical song, whereas those found in the same region on bare rocky habitats above the tree-line (Alpine thrush) had a much harsher, scratchier and unmusical song. A third species called Sichuan forest thrush is present in , said scientists.

3)   Rangarajan Vellamorer became first Indian to receive Magnolia Gold award. Which of the following countries presented the Magnolia Gold award?

a. Mongolia
b. France
c. South Korea
d. China
Answer  Explanation 


Rangarajan Vellamorer is CEO of Infosys China

He has become the first Indian to get the Magnolia Gold award in recognition of his contributions to the development of IT industry in Shanghai.
He was earlier awarded Magnolia Silver award in 2011.

4)   Which country has been showing following trends

1) It has become one of the lenders of last resort to governments experiencing financial troubles.

2) It has also become one of the bigger providers of development assistance both bilaterally and plurilaterally.

3) It is assuming the roles of both an International Monetary Fund and a World Bank as a result of its foreign reserves.

a. USA
b. China
c. UK
d. India
Answer  Explanation 


China’s abundant foreign reserves have highlighted this fact. Reserves provide a cushion against shocks, creating economic and financial resilience. But they also create geo-political influence. China, in its own heterodox and multiple ways, is assuming the roles of both an International Monetary Fund and a World Bank as a result of its foreign reserves.

5)   IMF is considering the currencies for basket of special drawing rights (SDR) and will review the Chinese currency. What is the name of Chinese currency?

a. Won
b. Yen
c. Tugrik
d. Renminbi
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Renminbi

No explanation is available for this question!