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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

China’s heating up twice as fast as the rest of the world


The average surface temperature in China has increased by 0.23°C (0.4°F) each decade of the last 65 years, said a Chinese government official—twice the average pace of warming everywhere else on the planet. This isn’t the first time the Chinese government has quantified the effects of global warming on its environment. However, today’s remarks are a … Continue reading

China’s ivory craze kills 100,000 elephants


China‘s skyrocketing appetite for ivory is leading to the unsustainable slaughter of African elephants. As prices for precious ivory goods have surged in China, the number of poached elephants has also escalated. Iain Douglas-Hamilton, founder of Save the Elephants, said 100,000 African elephants have been killed for their ivory in just the past three years. … Continue reading

China is most at risk for Ebola outbreak because of Chinese workers in Africa


While international fears continue to rise as Ebola crosses international borders and continents, China still has not reported a confirmed case of the deadly virus. But Professor Peter Piot, the director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and one of the doctors who discovered Ebola hemorrhagic fever, said that it’s only a … Continue reading

Has China found the cure for Ebola?


A Chinese pharmaceutical company working with Academy of Military Medical Sciences (AMMS), a PLA-affiliated research institution, claims to have developed an experimental cure for the Ebola virus. An outbreak of the deadly virus in west Africa has become a global health crisis. According to the World Health Organization, as of October 12 there had been … Continue reading

China refuses carbon emissions reductions, unless western countries pay for it


While President Obama challenged China at the United Nations to follow the U.S. lead in pushing for drastic reductions in national carbon emissions to save the planet from “climate change,” it appears that China has dramatically different ideas. As in: no. According to a document deposited at the Geneva-based U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) … Continue reading

Overgrown Beijing slaps new limits on industry in bid to cut smog


China‘s overgrown and smog-hit capital Beijing has passed new rules banning the expansion of polluting and resource-intensive industries, the local government said on Friday. In a list of restrictions published on its website (www.beijing.gov.cn), the municipal government said it would ban the further expansion of a wide range of industries, including food processing, textiles, construction … Continue reading

Chinese river mysteriously turns blood red overnight


A waterway in eastern China has mysteriously turned a blood red color. Residents in Zhejiang province said the river looked normal at 5 a.m. Beijing time on Thursday morning. Within an hour, the entire river turned crimson. Residents also said a strange smell wafted through the air. “The really weird thing is that we have … Continue reading

China: Beijing to enforce use of clean coal in anti-pollution drive


China‘s capital city, Beijing, will enforce the use of cleaner low-sulphur coal from August 1st in a bid to tackle the soaring levels of air pollution that frequently clog the country’s major cities, the official Xinhua media agency said on Saturday. Beijing will implement strict controls and targets for airborne sulphur from coal, Xinhua said, … Continue reading

IBM signs up to help fight China’s war on smog


IBM Corp has signed an agreement with the city of Beijing to use advanced weather forecasting and cloud computing technologies to help tackle the Chinese capital’s persistent smog. After a series of pollution scares and scandals, China’s central government has promised to reverse some of the damage done to the nation’s sky, rivers and soil … Continue reading

China: World’s tallest skyscrapers will also be pollution-eating


Though it is already home to the world’s largest building – in the form of the New Century Global Centre in Chengdu – China is seeking to create the world’s tallest structure as well. Designed by UK-based Chetwoods Architects and known as the Phoenix Towers, this tower concept is slated to be built in Wuhan, … Continue reading

China report says $330 billion more to do fair share on climate; Official stance is developed nations must bear responsibility


China must increase spending on emission cuts and clean technologies by 2 trillion yuan ($330 billion) to do its fair share to halt climate change, a report by Beijing’s Central University of Finance and Economics said. It urged the government to raise money from carbon markets to fund investments. The report’s conclusion contrasted with China’s … Continue reading

Opportunity glimmers through China’s toxic smog


As China’s smog levels crept past record highs in early December, the phone lines at pollution-busting kit maker Broad Group lit up with Chinese customers worried about hazardous pollution levels that have gripped China this year. China’s government is struggling to meet pollution reduction targets and has pledged to spend over 3 trillion yuan ($494 … Continue reading

China continues scientific “research” with new bases in Antarctica


China will expand its presence in Antarctica by building a fourth research base and finding a site for a fifth, a state-run newspaper said on Thursday, as the country steps up its increasingly far-flung scientific efforts. Chinese scientists are increasingly looking beyond China for their research, including sending submersibles to explore the bottom of the … Continue reading

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