Biden-Xi meeting sparks diplomacy spree — China’s property crackdown sinks economic growth to 90s levels — UK, US considering diplomatic boycott of Winter Olympics in Beijing
US, UN demand proof of missing Chinese tennis star’s wellbeing — China at COP26 — Zhou Guanyu in pole position to become F1’s first Chinese driver
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The 20-minute documentary by ‘Guanguan’ depicts apparent detention facilities in several cities.
A health care expert in the northwestern Shaanxi province told Sixth Tone that he viewed some local virus-containment measures as “chaotic” and requiring “scientific evaluation.”
Beijing tightens Covid-19 entry rules ahead of Olympics — AFP via France 24
Strict new Covid-19 restrictions come into force in Beijing on Wednesday for visitors to the Chinese capital, requiring negative tests and dramatically cutting domestic flights as the city raises the drawbridge against the coronavirus ahead of the Winter Olympics.
Hundreds of Chinese human rights lawyers and citizens have put their names to an open letter calling for immediate medical care for Zhang, who her family fear is close to death. Zhang has been on a hunger strike for more than a year in protest at her persecution for reporting on the Wuhan lockdown in early 2020.
Travelers from Hong Kong will be allowed to enter mainland China without quarantine starting from the first week of December, the South China Morning Post reported late Thursday, citing two unidentified official sources from the mainland.
Opinion | Why I left Hong Kong — Al Jazeera
Earlier this year, however, my father and I had to leave post-colonial Hong Kong to flee the very same regime whose repressive policies led my father to sneak onto that cargo train half a century ago.
China president tells US counterpart that support for Taiwan independence is ‘like playing with fire’ during the most substantial discussion since Biden took office
Expectations were low for President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping's virtual meeting Monday night. The administration said to expect no deliverables, but we’ve already seen evidence of a few agreements, from reducing global tensions linked to Iran and North Korea to establishing “strategic stability” on U.S.-China nuclear weapons capacity, national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Tuesday.
Biden-Xi journalists deal faces criticism — Politico
“There is a problem with the concept of trading [U.S.] independent media access to a dictatorial country in exchange for granting access to [China’s] state propaganda media to the U.S.,” Alviani said. "The U.S. media should not have to beg for the possibility to cover China and this should not be part of an agreement between states.”
Tennis player Peng Shuai has been missing since she accused China’s former vice-premier of sexual assault.
With the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics just two months away, it’s incumbent on everybody to continue to ask the question: Where is Peng Shuai?
China has been pushing U.S. executives, companies and business groups in recent weeks to fight against China-related bills in the U.S. Congress, four sources familiar with the initiative told Reuters, in letters to and meetings with a wide range of actors in the business community.
"What concerns us is the work ethics and business ethics that Chinese companies are bringing to Georgia, which are very similar to the ones brought from Russia," Khidasheli said.
Chinese coastguard vessels have blocked and used water cannon on two Philippine supply boats heading to a disputed shoal occupied by Filipino marines in the South China Sea, drawing an angry protest from Manila.
The Chaoyang Masses are a collective of eagle-eyed residents from Beijing’s Chaoyang District known for keeping tabs on petty crimes and also reporting the alleged misconduct of some of the country’s top celebrities. Now, city officials say they want more such citizen vigilante groups.
[…] our research reveals that single professional Chinese women are changing how others see them not through protest or activism – but through their economic power. They are using consumerism to counteract longstanding stigma over their single status.
Despite its rise in contemporary China and Hong Kong, the act of protesting can lead to imprisonment and severe consequences. For stigmatised “sheng-nu” women, direct confrontation in the form of social activism could lead to serious professional or legal consequences.
Remembering Zuo Fang — China Media Project
Zuo Fang, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 86, was one of China’s most influential press figures of the reform era. His reflections on his country and its media sector seven years ago while in Hong Kong to promote the publication of his book “How Steel is Not Made” are keenly relevant today.
Economy & Finance
China’s economy is slowing to the lows seen way back in 1990 — a price President Xi Jinping seems willing to pay to reduce its dependence on the property sector.
Highly indebted property developer China Evergrande will likely default because the company has essentially lost its main business, S&P Global Ratings analysts said in a report Thursday.
Evergrande, which is saddled with around $300bn of debt, said it would book a loss of more than $1bn from selling its remaining 18% stake in HengTen.
Amid the continuing labor glut, companies have slowly begun to adapt. While some focus on changing recruitment practices, and improving work culture and employee benefits, others have turned to migrant workers from distant provinces or more automation.
Popular Chinese cryptocurrency news outlets ChainNews and Odaily have become inaccessible, as Beijing continues its crackdown on the trading and mining of virtual assets.
Science & Tech
Baidu plans to launch its driverless taxi service in 100 cities by 2030 as the Chinese search giant looks to diversify its business beyond advertising.
Thousands of players have accused NetEase Games of sexism over sexually suggestive faces of female characters in the popular mobile game “Harry Potter: Magic Awakened,” once again reigniting discussions on gender stereotypes and objectification of women in online games.
China’s commitments and reservations at the climate talks in Glasgow reflect the unique challenges and possibilities the country faces in its pursuit of peak carbon.
Zhou Guanyu is set to become the first-ever Chinese driver to compete in Formula One auto racing after being selected to race for the Switzerland-based Alfa Romeo in the 2022 season.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing next year in protest at China's record on human rights, the Times reported on Saturday.
President Joe Biden said Thursday that the U.S. is considering a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympic games in Beijing to protest China’s treatment of its Uyghur Muslim minority.
Arts & Culture
For some, she is an icon who uses humor to shed light on complex gender issues in China. For others, she is a downright sexist who discriminates and disrespects men. For this month’s celebrity spotlight, we introduce you to Yang Li, one of the most polarizing figures on Chinese social media.
Artistic censorship expanded at the fairs this year, well beyond the usual taboos of politics and sexuality. Works that had passed customs censorship and been successfully imported were restricted at the cultural bureau level, usually with no explanation. Foreign artists seem to be scrutinised much more intensely than Chinese artists, who were permitted to show levels of mild nudity that got foreign works banned. Military themes seem to have joined the list of the verboten, and anything containing text must be thoroughly explained to censors. Dealers say they are willing to follow the rules but are perplexed as to where the line is drawn.
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