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Chinese-Australian policy analyst Vicky Xiuzhong Xu discusses China’s ‘governance’ of Xinjiang.
Online, thousands of Ruili residents have begun posting descriptions of the conditions they face and desperate messages for help. The response? An even greater volume of online vitriol from fellow Chinese citizens who believe the rigid quarantine policies are worth the human cost.
China will not give up on its zero-tolerance policy towards local COVID-19 cases any time soon, some experts said, as the policy has allowed it to quickly quell local outbreaks, while the virus continues to spread outside its borders.
Committed to Covid Zero — Bloomberg
One reason those countries are changing policy is because Covid Zero is expensive. It stymies tourism and international travel and depresses consumer spending. That’s a price China looks prepared to pay.
A company owned by the Chinese government is working on an offer to acquire Hong Kong’s influential South China Morning Post, according to people familiar with the matter.
Hong Kong’s national security law, imposed by Beijing last year, itself stipulates that national security must be taught in schools and universities. Hong Kong’s Education Secretary Kevin Yeung said earlier this year that it was a “requirement” for higher education institutions to incorporate national security education into their curriculum, according to a government statement.
China says Taiwan independence backers will be blacklisted — The Guardian
China has said it will hold those who support “Taiwan independence” criminally liable for life, provoking anger and ridicule from the island at a time of heightened tension between the neighbours.
A top Taiwan security official told lawmakers on Thursday that China had internally debated whether to attack Taiwan's Pratas Islands but will not do so before 2024, the year President Tsai Ing-wen's term ends.
All eyes on the Biden-Xi (virtual) summit — Politico
After months of escalating tensions between the United States and China, a planned virtual summit between Biden and Xi presents the biggest opportunity yet to reset the bilateral relationship.
The ministry said US Customs and Border Protection had launched a campaign in August that stepped up scrutiny of Chinese studying in the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – in the country.
The report does not suggest open conflict with China but it fits an emerging US narrative of a People’s Liberation Army intent on challenging the United States in all domains of warfare – air, land, sea, space and cyberspace. Against that backdrop, US defense officials have said they are increasingly wary of China’s intentions with regard to the status of Taiwan.
The party's 300-plus member Central Committee, meeting Monday through Thursday, is expected to pave the way for Xi to secure an unprecedented third five-year term as president at the 20th Party Congress next year.
Zhang Zhan traveled to Wuhan in February last year to report on the chaos at the epicenter of the first coronavirus outbreak. She is on hunger strike after receiving a 4-year jail sentence for "provoking trouble."
Shutting Down Historical Debate, China Makes It a Crime to Mock Heroes — The New York Times
Since it went into effect in March, the statute has been enforced with a revolutionary zeal, part of an intensified campaign under China’s leader, Xi Jinping, to sanctify the Communist Party’s version of history — and his vision for the country’s future.
A Chinese Tennis Star Accuses a Former Top Leader of Sexual Assault — The New York Times
Peng Shuai, the professional tennis star, publicly accused a former vice premier of China of sexual assault, igniting an online firestorm of attention to a #MeToo allegation that for the first time touched the pinnacles of Communist Party power.
China’s Couriers Say Bosses Took Their Raise — Sixth Tone
A pay increase for couriers, presented as a “common prosperity” income equality package, has been delivered to wrong address.
Officials said the notice only intended to ensure citizens have enough food supplies and prevent price surges during the winter months.
How China drugmakers feed on parent anxiety over child's height — Caixin via Nikkei Asia
Amid the booming HGH industry, overprescription of HGH to children encouraged by drugmakers has gained increasing attention from the market and regulators. Some studies have also linked growth hormone treatment to serious adverse health effects years later.
Economy & Finance
Lower prices might be good for some people not yet on the property ladder, but with more than 90% of the urban population owning property and 40% of household wealth tied up in property, any disorderly collapse in values could trigger social unrest such as that seen during past downturns.
[…] Beijing might feel that China’s still-critical export sector could benefit from a degree of yuan weakness without it harming the Chinese economy as a whole. Meanwhile, Washington might see a degree of renminbi weakness, at least temporarily, as a price worth paying to obtain some imported disinflation.
Science & Tech
Yahoo is the latest U.S.-based tech company to stop offering its services in China, where the government's strict control over the internet forces businesses to censor certain information that Beijing has deemed subversive.
GitHub is China’s ‘last land of free speech’ – but for how long? — Rest of World
GitHub is now one of just two foreign-owned platforms accessible in China that host user-generated content. The other is Amazon’s reviews platform.
“I think of myself as a new socialist farmer,” she said. In distancing herself from the “bad values” of the influencer economy and aligning herself with the “good values” of the Party, she cut ties from one patron and cozied up to another. She is yet to upload any new, full-length videos.
China is tackling what it sees as the worst effects of its assertive capitalists, says Alexander Mac Dábhaidh. But it might take more to close the growing rich-poor divide.
The long-awaited data protection law, which takes inspiration from the European Union’s GDPR, responds to years of complaints about fast and loose data processing.
ByteDance Ltd. co-founder and chairman Zhang Yiming has relinquished his board seat at the company six months after he said he was stepping down as CEO to focus on the firm's long-term strategy, Caixin has learned.
As company after company has shut down, teachers have been abruptly dismissed and parents have lost billions of yuan in prepaid tuition fees. Meanwhile, a network of unlicensed teaching centers has emerged to plug the gap — triggering a fresh wave of crackdowns.
China’s president, Xi Jinping, has called on developed countries to “provide support to help developing countries do better” in dealing with the climate crisis, in a written statement to the Cop26 climate conference that fails to make any new significant pledges.
China on Wednesday hit back at US President Joe Biden following his criticism of President Xi Jinping’s decision to skip the make-or-break COP26 United Nations summit in Glasgow.
The China Meteorological Administration (CMA) on Thursday warned that two strong cold waves will hit most of China in the following 10 days, dragging temperatures in some regions down by almost 16 C. A yellow alert (the third severest) has been issued for residents to get prepared.
China accused of blocking media access to Winter Olympics — The Guardian
In a scathing statement on Tuesday, the Foreign Correspondents Club of China, which acts on behalf of foreign media in China, called for transparency and clarity from China’s national Olympic organising committee.
The Foreign Correspondents' Club of China this week said it was concerned about a lack of transparency from organizers of the Feb. 4-20 Games.
Arts & Culture
This month has been great for new tracks, from twee indie rock from Guangzhou band Nouvelle to the orchestral majesty of Fishdoll’s latest tracks.
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