‘Baby Steps’

China plans to slowly ease coronavirus restrictions across the country after the eruption of mass protests against the government’s strict “zero Covid” strategy and the state funeral of a former leader, the Washington Post reported. Vice Premier Sun Chunlan, who heads China’s coronavirus response efforts, said...

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Him, Too

A Beijing court sentenced Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu to 13 years in prison on charges of multiple sexual offenses, a verdict that was welcomed by women’s rights advocates in what’s considered to be one of China’s most prominent #MeToo cases, the Washington Post reported. The...

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Zero Patience

Thousands of people took to the streets of major Chinese cities over the weekend to protest the government’s strict and costly “zero-Covid” policy, a very rare display of anger in China where authorities are swift in cracking down on dissent, CNN reported. Demonstrations initially began Friday...

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Show Me The Money

Chinese workers clashed with police at the world’s largest iPhone factory after demonstrations erupted at the assembly plant of 200,000 workers in central China, which has been subject to severe Covid-19 restrictions for weeks, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Videos circulating on workers’ chat groups...

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Defining Lines

US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping met in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta Monday, with both leaders signaling desires to stabilize relations that have reached their lowest point in decades, the Wall Street Journal reported. The roughly three-hour meeting – and the...

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Remaking the Wall

Chinese Communist Party Congresses are usually scripted affairs that befit totalitarian states. Delegates are expected to reach decisions that leaders have already prescribed. Surprises are discouraged. So the bizarre episode where a functionary escorted the 79-year-old former president of China, Hu Jintao, out of the 20th Congress...

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Setting Morals

China approved new rules this week that would ban celebrities from endorsing a range of products and prohibit those with “lapsed morals” from promoting anything, as authorities seek to align society with “core socialist values,” the Guardian reported Wednesday. The restrictions prohibit Chinese celebrities from publicly...

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Exporting Repression

China has allegedly set up at least two “police stations” in the Netherlands, which the government uses to monitor and pressure Chinese dissidents abroad, Politico reported Wednesday. According to Dutch media, the so-called “overseas service stations” have been operating in the cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam...

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A Good Day

While Russian President Vladimir Putin suffers international condemnation and internal dissent, US President Joe Biden faces a test in the upcoming midterm elections, and major European leaders are either new or lack significant power globally, Chinese President Xi Jinping, 69, is firmly ensconced, and appears...

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Speaking Up

China’s strict anti-coronavirus strategy is facing an intense backlash after video footage showed officials preventing residents in the country’s southwest from leaving their homes following a deadly earthquake this week, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. A 6.8-magnitude quake hit the Sichuan province Monday, killing more than...

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Some Vindication

The United Nations Human Rights Office released a long-awaited report this week that accused Chinese authorities of being involved in “serious human rights violations” over their crackdown on ethnic minorities in Xinjiang province, the Washington Post reported Thursday. The damning report comes months after UN Human...

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Wanted: Baby Boom

Chinese health officials unveiled new measures this week that would discourage abortions and make fertility treatment more accessible, in an effort to boost one of the world’s lowest birth rates, Reuters reported. The National Health Authority said it would implement new support measures ranging from taxation...

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The Big Flex

TAIWAN [map url="https://mcusercontent.com/a2e22d7f24f6d1e3464d05be4/images/dab1143a-8514-4f63-8098-bd36050d9680.png"] China will hold five additional live-fire drills in the Bohai and Yellow seas in another show of force to broadcast its fury over US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan last week, the Washington Post reported Sunday. China has been holding military exercises near...

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Cracks in the Foundation

Hundreds of thousands of Chinese homeowners are boycotting mortgage payments and demonstrating over unfinished properties, a very rare form of protest in a country that rarely tolerates dissent and relies on real estate as its economic growth engine, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. The unprecedented demonstrations come amid...

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