Plan to target ‘gloomy sentiments’ across festival period comes as independent health forecasters estimate over 600,000 deaths from Covid Chinese cyber authorities have announced an internet censorship crackdown to ensure there are no “gloomy sentiments” caused by pandemic “rumours” during the lunar new year festival. It comes as health forecasting firm Airfinity estimated more than 600,000… Continue reading China announces lunar new year censorship crackdown to silence Covid ‘rumours’
Thousands of people flew into mainland China as Beijing scrapped mandatory hotel quarantines for arrivals HONG KONG—Tens of thousands of travelers began to fly in and out of mainland China on Sunday as Beijing removed almost all of its border restrictions, bringing an end to pandemic measures that effectively sealed off the world’s most populous… Continue reading China Reopens to the World as International Travel Restrictions End
There seems to be an intense buzz in China over President Xi Jinping appearing unfluttered by the havoc his stringent Zero-Covid policy caused to the people who were forced to stay indoors for months together without adequate nutrition or medication. In his public address on the occasion of the new year, the President defended his… Continue reading Xi’s first reaction to anti-Covid protests flippant or reflective?
Local authorities will be stripped of the power to shut down entire communities from early next month The decision is the last step in the country’s pivot to living with the virus China will reopen borders and abandon quarantine after it downgrades its treatment of Covid-19 on January 8. The decision is the country’s last… Continue reading China to reopen borders, drop Covid quarantine from January 8
The widespread, illegal collection of minorities’ DNA, particularly that of Tibetans, Uyghurs, and Kazakhs, is one of the most recent topics to receive attention on a global scale. A science magazine, Human Genetics, withdrew a research paper that used DNA sample collections, and it was crystal evident that no consent was acquired from the people… Continue reading A response to China’s mass DNA collection
Online regulators tell big tech companies to expand censorship of information on demonstrations and take steps to curb the virtual private networks used to bypass online controls SINGAPORE—China’s internet watchdog instructed tech companies to expand censorship of protests and moved to curb access to virtual private networks this week, as a government clampdown succeeds in… Continue reading China Clamps Down on Internet as It Seeks to Stamp Out Covid Protests
Case numbers will increase if stringent measures are not sustainable, Hong Kong epidemiologist says, warning of winter surge End mass PCR tests, focus resources on severe cases and boost elderly vaccination rates, public health experts advise The latest Covid-19 waves in China have revealed more transmissible but less lethal strains of the coronavirus, but it is too… Continue reading Coronavirus: as China hits record 40,052 daily cases, can zero-Covid continue?
Protests erupted in cities and on campuses across China this weekend as frustrated and outraged citizens took to the streets in a stunning wave of demonstrations against the government’s “zero covid” policy and the leaders enforcing it. Residents in Shanghai, China’s most populous city, came together Saturday night and early Sunday, calling for the end… Continue reading Rare protests against China’s ‘zero covid’ policy erupt across country
Chinese president’s dissent-free cabinet hints at unpopular decisions ahead TOKYO — One November evening in 1999, then-Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi was relaxing in his suite at the Jakarta Hilton, exchanging views with the traveling press. He had arrived in Indonesia that day and appeared to be in good spirits. In two days, he would… Continue reading Xi’s removal of Hu points to ‘common prosperity,’ not Taiwan invasion
The return of Xi Jinping as the leader of China for next five years has created fears among the investors, traders and private companies because of his controversial zero covid policy. In his speech at the 20th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, Xi reiterated his commitment to the zero-COVID policy that has prioritised rampant… Continue reading Xi’s favourite covid policy dents investors’ confidence