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China to divert Beijing-bound international flights amid rise in imported coronavirus cases


China on Sunday (March 22) reported 46 new cases of the coronavirus, the fourth straight day with an increase, with all but one of those imported from overseas, and further stepped up measures to intercept cases from abroad as the outbreak worsens globally. While China has drastically reduced the number of reported domestically transmitted cases … Continue reading

Man who died on bus in China tests positive for ‘hantavirus’


A passenger who died on a bus in China has tested positive for a completely different virus than COVID-19 — one more fatal that often produces very similar symptoms, according to state-run media. The unidentified victim from Yunnan province died while on a charte “He was tested positive for #hantavirus. Other 32 people on bus … Continue reading

China says coronavirus pandemic exposed global health system’s shortcomings


China’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday that the coronavirus pandemic that has infected more than 160,000 people globally has exposed shortcomings in the global health system. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters during a daily briefing that China calls on the international community to prioritize public health security. China has reported nearly 81,000 infections … Continue reading

China is avoiding blame by trolling the world


The evidence of China’s deliberate cover-up of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan is a matter of public record. In suppressing information about the virus, doing little to contain it, and allowing it to spread unchecked in the crucial early days and weeks, the regime imperiled not only its own country and its own citizens but … Continue reading

China says coronavirus peak has passed as epicenter logs single-digit new cases


China’s coronavirus epidemic has passed its peak, its top health commission said on Thursday, as it logged just eight new infections in Hubei province, the first time the epicenter of the outbreak recorded a daily tally of less than 10. With the marked slowdown of the spread of the virus, more businesses have reopened with … Continue reading

Don’t let the Chinese government escape blame for coronavirus’s initial spread


From almost the very beginning of the COVID-19/coronavirus crisis in January and early February, it’s often been asked whether it might be the “Chinese Chernobyl.” Could the crisis expose the weakness of the mix of oppression, information control, and social disgust that underpin the Chinese Communist regime and trigger its collapse? Others have suggested that … Continue reading

China urges overseas Chinese to stay home as imported virus cases rise


Chinese authorities on Tuesday asked overseas Chinese to reconsider or minimize their travel plans as the coronavirus epidemic spreads across the world and prompts an uptick of imported cases arriving in the country. Travelers from countries with severe coronavirus outbreaks who arrive in Guangdong province, an economic and export powerhouse in the south, must undergo … Continue reading

Chinese police place Britons in enforced isolation after ferry trip, but Chinese nationals not detained


Jo Davison and her partner were relaxing in their flat in Shenzhen, China, when the phone rang. She was told by the Chinese authorities that they had been exposed to the coronavirus at close proximity and that officials were on their way. “It was terrifying. Five people in hazmats turned up at our apartment, they … Continue reading

China has made eating wild animals illegal after the coronavirus outbreak, but ending the trade won’t be easy


A strict ban on the consumption and farming of wild animals is being rolled out across China in the wake of the deadly coronavirus epidemic, which is believed to have started at a wildlife market in Wuhan. Although it is unclear which animal transferred the virus to humans — bat, snake and pangolin have all … Continue reading

Coronavirus: NASA images show China pollution clear amid slowdown


Satellite images have shown a dramatic decline in pollution levels over China, which is “at least partly” due to an economic slowdown prompted by the coronavirus, US space agency Nasa says. Nasa maps show falling levels of nitrogen dioxide this year. It comes amid record declines in China’s factory activity as manufacturers stop work in … Continue reading

‘Confusion breeds distrust:’ China keeps changing how it counts coronavirus cases


New cases of a deadly coronavirus running through China surged at the start of February, then they leveled off, then they jumped by more than 19,000 over 24 hours. But those swings might not have as much to do with the reality on the ground as they do how Chinese authorities define a “confirmed case.” … Continue reading

New Zealand extends ban on arrivals from China on coronavirus fears


New Zealand has extended a ban on arrivals from mainland China into a fourth week to contain the risk of exposure to the coronavirus, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday. The ban has been extended by a further eight days and would be reviewed after that, Ardern told a news conference. New Zealand so … Continue reading

Beijing to quarantine all arrivals as economic life struggles to pick up


The Chinese capital Beijing on Friday imposed a 14-day self-quarantine on people returning to the city from holidays to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, and threatened to punish those who failed to comply. It was not immediately clear how the restriction, relayed by the official Beijing Daily newspaper, would be enforced, or whether … Continue reading

China ramps up virus propaganda, and stirs even more outrage


The 14 women from northwest China cried silently as a group of men shaved off their long black hair, a precaution meant to help prevent infection before they treat patients inflicted with the deadly new coronavirus. The nurses were featured in a video released over the weekend by the Gansu Daily, a media outlet affiliated … Continue reading

Cats are wearing coronavirus masks in China


As the deadly coronavirus outbreak continues to ravage the country, pet owners in China are putting on makeshift masks on their furry friends. Photos on the Chinese social media app Weibo show pets – namely cats – wearing the makeshift masks, many of them made from traditional surgical masks. Owners are cutting holes in the material to … Continue reading

Death of whistleblower doctor unleashes fury in China


With the coronavirus spreading around the world, Chinese leader Xi Jinping told President Trump in a phone call Friday that his government is confident about and capable of defeating the epidemic. Anger was swelling online in China over the death of a whistleblower doctor who tried to sound the alarm about the deadly outbreak but … Continue reading

Coronavirus crisis shows China’s governance failure


As the Communist Party cements control, more officials worry about pleasing their bosses than taking care of the people. Wuhan’s mayor blamed higher-ups. A senior disease control official blamed layers of bureaucracy. A top government expert blamed the public: The people, he said, simply didn’t understand what he told them. As China grapples with a … Continue reading

China says Xi Jinping is directing its Wuhan coronavirus response, but he’s nowhere to be seen


Since he first intervened in the Wuhan coronavirus crisis in late January, ordering “all-out efforts” to contain its spread, Chinese President Xi Jinping has been personally directing the country’s response. At least, that’s what state media has been repeatedly emphasizing — Xi himself has not been seen for several days, missing from his usual place … Continue reading

Hong Kong medical workers strike to urge closure of China border to block coronavirus


Hundreds of medical workers went on strike in Hong Kong on Monday to demand the government shuts the border with mainland China to prevent the spread of a coronavirus and ease pressure on a stretched health sector. The Hospital Authority Employees Alliance (HAEA), which has about 18,000 members, said 2,400 workers took part in the … Continue reading

China is the real sick man of Asia


The mighty Chinese juggernaut has been humbled this week, apparently by a species-hopping bat virus. While Chinese authorities struggle to control the epidemic and restart their economy, a world that has grown accustomed to contemplating China’s inexorable rise was reminded that nothing, not even Beijing’s power, can be taken for granted. We do not know … Continue reading

China facing global isolation as virus toll rises


China faced mounting isolation in the face of increasing international travel curbs and flight suspensions on Saturday, as the death toll from a spreading coronavirus outbreak rose to 259. The epidemic has led to mass evacuations of foreign citizens as world airlines halt flights, and risks exacerbating a slowdown in growth in the world’s second-largest … Continue reading

As coronavirus spreads, so does anti-China sentiment


Fears of the outbreak have fueled xenophobia as a wave of panic spreads, sometimes outstripping practical concerns. In Japan, the hashtag #ChineseDon’tComeToJapan has been trending on Twitter. In Singapore, tens of thousands of residents have signed a petition calling for the government to ban Chinese nationals from entering the country. In Hong Kong, South Korea … Continue reading

U.S. warns citizens against travel to China


The U.S. government warned Americans not to travel to China as the death toll from a new coronavirus reached 213 on Friday and the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global health emergency. A new State Department travel advisory raised the warning for China to the same level as Iraq and Afghanistan. In a notice … Continue reading

Coronavirus crisis exposes cracks in China’s facade of unity


With anger rising over the response to the coronavirus outbreak, even some with ties to China’s leaders have called for acknowledging divisions, not papering them over. From the outside, China’s Communist Party appears powerful and effective. It has tightened its control over Chinese politics and culture, the economy and everyday life, projecting the image of … Continue reading

Countries around the world look to evacuate citizens from China because of coronavirus


China has confirmed more than 4,500 cases of a new form of coronavirus, with 106 deaths. Nearly all of the fatalities have been in central Hubei province, but the new total includes the first death in Beijing. The Canadian government has updated its advice for travellers to say that citizens shouldn’t go to Hubei province … Continue reading

China announces plastic bag ban for major urban areas by 2021


China has announced it is to ban plastic bags from major cities by 2021 and in all cities and towns by 2022. The nation, which is among the world’s largest users of plastic, also plans to stop restaurants giving out single-use straws by the end of 2020 and will force them to reduce the use … Continue reading

China scrambles to build 1,000 bed hospital dedicated to coronavirus patients


China reported Saturday a jump in the number of people infected with a new virus to 1,287 with 41 deaths, as it expanded its lockdown to an unprecedented 36 million people and rushed to build a prefabricated, 1,000-bed hospital for victims. The commission said the latest tally comes from 29 provinces across China, including 237 … Continue reading

Chinese woman who ‘bragged about cheating airport coronavirus screenings’ tracked down in France


A Chinese woman who bragged about cheating airport coronavirus screenings in the outbreak’s epicentre has been tracked down in France. The woman boasted on Chinese site WeChat that she’d been suffering from a fever but took tablets to mask her symptoms so she could fly from Wuhan. She later posted photos of herself apparently dining … Continue reading

North Korea bans all foreigners in response to Chinese virus


North Korea’s communist regime banned all foreign visitors from entering the country on Tuesday as a precaution against the recent outbreak of a new coronavirus in China, according to tourist companies who operate in the country. Beijing-based Koryo Tours told local media outlets that it was contacted by a business partner in North Korea about … Continue reading

China is quarantining a city of 11 million to contain the Coronavirus


On Wednesday the Chinese government announced a partial quarantine of Wuhan, the city of 11 million at the center of a deadly coronavirus outbreak, with all major modes of public transit shut down. The severe measure was prompted by growing concern over the pneumonia-like virus that doesn’t respond to antibiotics. According an ongoing tally from … Continue reading

Giant Chinese paddlefish declared ‘extinct’ after 150-million-year run


The Chinese paddlefish, one of the largest freshwater fish to inhabit our planet for over 150 million years, has gone extinct under humanity’s watch, according to new research. The fish, which could grow up to seven metres (23 feet) long from tail to paddle-nosed snout, is thought to have gone extinct sometime between 2005 and … Continue reading

Mystery virus in China isn’t SARS, officials say, so what is it?


The 2002-2003 SARS epidemic started in southern China and killed more than 700 people in mainland China, Hong Kong and elsewhere. Fears of a SARS recurrence arose this month after a slate of patients were hospitalized with an unexplained viral pneumonia in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province. As of Sunday, 59 people were diagnosed … Continue reading

Pneumonic Plague is diagnosed in China


Two cases of the fatal and highly infectious illness, which is related to bubonic plague, were found in Beijing, prompting fears of an outbreak. Two people in China were diagnosed with plague, setting off a panic on Tuesday about the potential spread of the highly infectious and fatal disease and prompting China’s government to warn … Continue reading

China can’t kick its coal habit despite Beijing’s big climate pledges


On the coal-rich plains of Inner Mongolia, thick white smoke curls from the huge chimney of a thermal coal power plant which the Chinese Communist Party had pledged to stop constructing two years ago. The huge Mengneng Xilin Thermal Power Plant’s third unit, expected to deliver 700 megawatts of power to China’s north, was ordered … Continue reading

China plans 200 new coal-fired power plants


China’s total planned coal-fired power projects now stand at 226.2 gigawatts (GW), the highest in the world and more than twice the amount of new capacity on the books in India, according to data published by environmental groups on Thursday (Sept 19). This means China will build approximately 200 new coal-fired power plants inside China, … Continue reading

China gripped after sighting of its own ‘Loch Ness Monster’


Something is lurking in the deep in China’s famous Yangtze River – and social media discussion is rife over what it might be. On Friday, footage appeared on China’s popular Sina Weibo microblog of what appeared to be a long, black creature, manoeuvring through the waters, and it has dominated online discussion ever since. Footage … Continue reading

China and India demand $100 billion for climate action on eve of UN summit


China and India demanded rich countries provide financial support for them to increase their climate plans, as leaders prepared to meet at a UN summit in New York. The summit has been personally convened by UN secretary general António Guterres as a moment for political leaders to show their willingness to increase their climate plans … Continue reading

We need to worry about China’s control of world’s pharmaceutical supply


Antibiotics, which turn life-threatening infections into minor nuisances, are considered the single biggest advance in modern medicine. But imagine if the supply of antibiotics to the United States was suddenly cut off. American national security officials are worrying about that scenario as they come to grips with this little understood fact: The vast majority of … Continue reading

China’s Belt and Road global infrastructure plans are dooming the planet


Despite repeated claims of “green development,” President Xi tacitly admitted BRI’s first phase has been an environment failure. After the second Belt and Road Forum, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a list of deliverables that include many efforts to make BRI greener. The United States can independently verify and communicate widely whether China … Continue reading

China’s ambitious greenhouse gas emissions at risk amid trade war with U.S.


China‘s greenhouse gas emission targets are at risk as a result of the trade war with the United States, which has put Beijing’s coal-reliant economy under heavy pressure, a senior climate official said on Friday. “External elements, such as the Sino-U.S. trade war, have brought negative impacts and increasing uncertainties to the global economy, which … Continue reading

At least 8 died after tornado hit south China


Climate Emergency and the Chinese


Below is a letter I have sent to my local paper. I sent a similar one to the Daily Mail. I don’t know if either will be published. Please feel free to use if you wish. Belief in a “climate emergency” is not the problem (just as believing the Earth is flat is no problem) … Continue reading

Canada is the second to suffer from China’s plastic waste import ban


“… ‘It was like an earthquake,’ Arnaud Brunet, director general of Brussels-based industry group The Bureau of International Recycling, said…” reported by AFP on Jan 21, 2018. It was a response to China’s official ban of plastic waste import with effect from the first day of 2018. “The EU exports half of its collected and … Continue reading

Some people do not appreciate China’s air pollution control measures


Reuters reported on Dec 19 that China would be launching “a nationwide carbon emission trading scheme (ETS). The government outlined details of what is expected to be the world’s largest such program …… Trading will be based in Shanghai, involving 1,700 power companies and over 3 billion tons of carbon dioxide annually…” Reuters further reported … Continue reading

China have fished their waters dry, so now raiding other nations’ seas


The growth of China’s middle class over the past 15 years or so has driven up demand for all sorts of luxury goods in the country. For example, there’s been a growing interest in high-quality seafood—which comes at a most inopportune time. Efforts to boost China’s marine economy in recent decades, including offshore drilling and … Continue reading

Devastating coral loss in South China Sea


Scientists are warning of another “devastating” loss of coral due to a spike in sea temperatures. They say 40% of coral has died at the Dongsha Atoll in the South China Sea. Nothing as severe has happened on Dongsha for at least 40 years, according to experts. Anne Cohen of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in … Continue reading

China could take leadership role in Paris climate change deal if Trump pulls U.S. out


A U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate change agreement is unlikely to scuttle the international deal, but it could instead see China take on a leadership role, experts say. “I think a lot of it will fall upon the shoulders of China,” said Henrik Selin, director of curricular innovation and initiatives at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global … Continue reading

Earthquake in Taiwan


Saturday morning I awoke at 4:00 am to my apartment shaking. I had a feeling nothing would fall. So, I went back to sleep. I was right, about my own apartment, that was. In fact, I was right about most people who also had woken up. Honestly, and I’m somewhat ashamed to confess, though it … Continue reading

Lifeline for elephants: Ivory price halves in China after President pledges ban


The price of raw, illegal ivory has almost halved in China in the past 18 months because of growing public awareness, a promise from President Xi Jinping to ban the trade, a far-reaching anti-corruption drive and a slowing economy, according a new study by Save the Elephants. Falling demand in the world’s largest ivory market … Continue reading

China risks social conflict if war on pollution lags, researchers warn


Any failure to tackle China’s huge pollution problems in the coming years could stoke public discontent and create “social conflicts,” government researchers warned, underlining political concerns driving Beijing’s war on smog. With pollution identified as a major source of unrest, China’s ruling Communist Party has promised to tackle a host of environmental problems brought about … Continue reading

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