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Cadence Column: Asia, April 6, 2020


The pneumoniavirus is having a detrimental effect on China. While Xi Jinping kicks China’s economy into full swing, the rest of the world is on full alert. Manufacturing moves home—whether to or from China. Countries seek alternate supply sourcing. Taiwan shines like a star of brilliance, set up as if to shame China by design. … Continue reading

Trump doubts China’s official COVID-19 numbers


President Donald Trump cast doubt on the Beijing regime’s official numbers of COVID-19 infections and deaths inside China, while responding to questions during an April 1 CCP virus task force briefing. Trump was asked whether he had received an intelligence report concluding that Beijing concealed the true extent of the outbreak, as reported by Bloomberg, … Continue reading

WHO and CCP to blame for pandemic says expert


Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) called on Congress to launch an investigation into ties between the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Chinese regime. He questioned why American taxpayers should be spending millions of dollars supporting an organization that repeats propaganda from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Sen. Scott said the WHO needs to be held … Continue reading

China rejects claims of inaccurate coronavirus death tally in Wuhan


Beijing has again sought to quell concerns that it underreported the death toll from the coronavirus pandemic, with the Chinese ambassador to France saying China did not conceal fatalities. Asked on Wednesday about reports in China of thousands of funeral urns and long queues at funeral homes in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, ambassador … Continue reading

Australia bans exports of medical supplies after items sent in bulk to China amid COVID-19 pandemic


The Australian government on March 29 enacted new laws banning price gouging as well as the export of personal protective equipment (PPE) and disinfectant products as supplies in hospitals, aged-care centers, and other centres across the country are in short supply amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton moved to ban the exports … Continue reading

Massive forest fire breaks out in Sichuan, China – at least 19 dead


A huge forest fire broke out in southwestern China’s Sichuan province at 07:51 UTC (15:51 LT) on Monday, March 30, 2020. As of Tuesday, March 31, authorities confirmed 19 fatalities, including 18 firefighters and one farmer guide. The blaze has spread across 1 000 ha (2 471 acres) in the Liangshan prefecture. The fire began at a local … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, March 30, 2020


Blame! Both general theories about where this virus originated fail to do two things: They don’t acquit anyone and they don’t tell us how to treat it. The theories no longer seem to matter since fear has taken over the world. Initially, we had a theory that the virus passed from wildlife to humans at … Continue reading

Can China return to normalcy while keeping the coronavirus in check?


Life is almost back to normal in much of China. Shops, restaurants, bars, and offices are open for business. Manufacturing activity is picking up. Traffic once again jams the highways of major cities. Three-quarters of China’s workforce was back on the job as of 24 March, according to one company’s estimate. Wuhan, where the COVID-19 … Continue reading

Is China’s factory farming to blame for coronavirus?


Scientists are tracing the path of Sars-CoV-2 from a wild animal host – but we need to look at the part played in the outbreak by industrial food production. Where did the virus causing the current pandemic come from? How did it get to a food market in Wuhan, China, from where it is thought … Continue reading

An overview of China’s economy and how coronavirus affected it


China has been the highest contributor to global economic growth for more than a decade. The capitalist market reforms introduced by Deng Xiaoping in 1978 paved the way for its impressive growth journey. China has set one of the best examples of how opening up of an economy can transform a country into a dominant … Continue reading

To slow virus, China bars entry by almost all foreigners


Worried that international travelers might trigger a second wave of coronavirus infections, China announced late Thursday night that it was suspending practically all entry to the country by foreigners and was halting almost all international passenger flights as well. The announcement came after official Chinese data indicated that the country had almost completely halted domestic … Continue reading

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

Cadence Column: Asia, March 23, 2020


China’s in trouble—deep trouble. America pauses with the same hush of silence that swept the country from the outskirts of Washington to New Orleans in 1812, gathering around the radio in 1941, or staring at the same TV images on repeat in 2001. While America pauses and reflects, China accuses, taunts, and threatens, as if … Continue reading

Coronavirus drives the U.S. and China deeper Into global power struggle


Many experts warn that an international health and economic crisis calls for more cooperation, not confrontation, between Washington and Beijing. When President Trump took the podium at the White House briefing room one afternoon last week, his prepared remarks included a reference to the “corona virus.” But a close-up photograph revealed that Mr. Trump had … Continue reading

Photo shows “corona” crossed out and replaced with “Chinese” in Trump’s briefing notes


President Trump’s notes from Thursday’s coronavirus briefing show someone crossed out the word “Corona” in coronavirus and replaced it with the word “Chinese.” This picture captured by Washington Post Photographer Jabin Botsford, comes as Trump has stepped up his efforts to scapegoat China for the spread of the coronavirus. The change in tone from the White House comes as the … 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’s handling of coronavirus ‘ruined their international brand’


Hoover Institution Fellow Victor Davis Hanson said on Wednesday that China’s handling of the coronavirus “ruined their international brand,” having potential serious repercussions on its economy as foreign companies may exit. “[China] knew that that virus was not only epidemic but infectious and could be deadly to older people. They didn’t tell anybody. They didn’t … Continue reading

China’s economy suffers heavy blow as epidemic paralyzes activity


China’s industrial output contracted at the sharpest pace in 30 years in the first two months of the year as the fast spreading coronavirus and strict containment measures severely disrupted the world’s second-largest economy, data showed on Monday. Urban investment and retail sales also fell sharply and for the first time on record, reinforcing views … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, March 16, 2020


News around the world has blacked out. Everything is about this new virus that should be called the “pneumoniavirus”, also known as Wuhan’s 2019-nCoV, everything—the news, the politics, the economy, the maps, organ harvesting. But, that wasn’t the only Western bad news on China. Canada had a brilliant solution to the Huawei controversy: go public. … Continue reading

Zhang Yiming, founder of TikTok owner ByteDance, gears up for the global stage


The founder of China’s ByteDance, owner of the wildly successful TikTok app, has for years aspired to make ByteDance the first Chinese firm to rival U.S. internet giants on the global stage. On Thursday Zhang Yiming made a key move to achieve that. Creating new leadership positions for ByteDance’s China business, Zhang said in a … 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

Coronavirus outbreak tests China’s president Xi Jinping


Xi Jinping is surely having the worst 2020 of any major international leader to date. Much of this can be put down to the knock-on effects of the COVID-19 outbreak in the city of Wuhan and Xi’s belated attempts to show he was in charge after an awkward start during which he was almost invisible … Continue reading

China credibly accused of organ-harvesting atrocity


Last week, the Independent Tribunal into Forced Organ Harvesting from Prisoners of Conscience in China issued its final report concluding that China engages in the systematic human-rights atrocity of killing political and other prisoners and harvesting their organs. (I wrote about the preliminary report here.) It is a horrific account about which woefully inadequate attention … 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

Cadence Column: Asia, March 9, 2020


Things are fairing worse and worse for China, but better and better for Taiwan. The KMT-Nationalist party is abandoning its long-standing agreement to cooperate with the Chinese Communists, much how the American Democratic party is abandoning socialism within its ranks. Taiwan’s handling of the 2019-nCoV Wuhan virus is top notch, possibly the best in the … Continue reading

Coronavirus hit to airlines could top $100 billion


The coronavirus epidemic could cost passenger airlines up to $113 billion in lost revenue this year, an industry body warned on Thursday, more than three times a projection it made just two weeks ago as the virus continues to spread around the world. The warning from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) came as British … 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

China factory activity dives to worst on record as coronavirus paralyzes economy


China’s factories were dealt a devastating blow in February as the coronavirus epidemic triggered the sharpest contraction in activity on record, a private survey showed on Monday, with the health crisis paralyzing large parts of the economy. The Caixin/Markit Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) tumbled to 40.3 last month, the lowest level since the survey … Continue reading

US Navy warns China ‘you don’t want to play laser tag with us’ after a Chinese destroyer fired a military-grade laser at a US aircraft


The US Navy warned China on social media after one of the Asian nation’s warships fired a military-grade laser at a US aircraft, telling them: “You don’t want to play laser tag with us.” US Pacific Fleet said in a statement on Thursday that the Chinese Type 052D Luyang III-class destroyer Hohhot (hull number 161) … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, March 2, 2020


Wuhan 2019-nCoV will not end the world. But, it is throwing the world into panic. The long-time NIAID director steps out of lock with the president and gives a sobering warning about how viruses actually spread. Bad as the truth is, the stock market is drastically overreacting and Trump is trying to prevent a panic—or … 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

Plague Inc. smartphone game banned in China amid worldwide coronavirus outbreak


A popular smartphone game that simulates the spread of deadly viruses and diseases around the world has been banned from the Apple App Store by Chinese authorities, according to its developers. In a statement released Thursday, the maker of Plague Inc. said it was “devastated” over Chinese players not being able to access or play … Continue reading

US says Chinese warship fired military laser at US aircraft


The US Navy said Thursday that a Chinese military warship fired a military grade laser at US Navy P-8 surveillance aircraft last week while it was flying over the Pacific Ocean, an action that the US Navy called “unsafe and unprofessional.” The People’s Republic of China “navy destroyer’s actions were unsafe and unprofessional,” US Pacific … Continue reading

China is making progress in the battle to get back to work


China is slowly starting to get back to work, as it battles the coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 2,600 people and sickened tens of thousands. Government controls and the fear of going outside have curtailed spending, and many factories are still not working at full capacity due to a lack of staff, with … 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

Cadence Column: Asia, February 24, 2020


There isn’t news this week. More countries hate China. More people are sick with Wuhan nCoV. Cases rise in the Far East. Taiwan is one of the safest places to be—in terms of the virus, that is. Friends of Taiwan continue to be punished; this week regarded Czech in particular with the Senate chair planning … Continue reading

China’s government is like something out of ‘1984’


The Chinese communist government increasingly poses an existential threat not just to its own 1.4 billion citizens but to the world at large. China is currently in a dangerously chaotic state. And why not, when a premodern authoritarian society leaps wildly into the brave new world of high-tech science in a single generation? The Chinese … Continue reading

Solomon Islands seeks $100 billion loan from Chinese interests


The Solomon Islands is seeking a $100-billion loan from Chinese interests in talks begun soon after the small South Pacific archipelago switched diplomatic ties to Beijing from Taiwan last year. Details of the proposal, reviewed by Reuters, have sparked concern over whether the small economy can handle a loan that represents more than 66 times … Continue reading

More evidence of China’s horrific abuses in Xinjiang


“His wife wore veils.” “He has one more child than allowed by the family planning policy.” “He prayed after each meal.” These are some of the reasons people in Karakax County in Xinjiang, northwestern China, are being detained in “political education” camps. Nothing done was illegal, but in Chinese authorities’ eyes, living the life of … 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

The three mistakes the Chinese government has made in its mishandling of the coronavirus crisis


Even though the SSRS disaster demonstrated the need for greater openness, China has made the same mistakes in the current crisis while expecting a different outcome. Wuhan’s decision to suppress the bad news was particularly dire. Given the Communist Party’s tight grip on power, it is hardly surprising that it would mortgage the health of … 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

Cadence Column: Asia, February 17, 2020


The 2019-nCoV Wuhan virus isn’t doing any good for Xi Jinping’s public trust. Dissidents inside China are silenced and their social media accounts scrubbed. Joshua Wong issues a call to arms from Hong Kong. Taiwan closes its border and plans to evacuate its citizens from the quarantined cruise ship, Diamond Princess. Yet, the Philippines blocks … Continue reading

China’s coronavirus costs rise as industries remain closed


Real estate agent Du Xuekun’s sales usually jump after the Lunar New Year holiday. But this year, Du has been at home for a month with no income after vast swathes of China’s economy were shut down in a sweeping effort to contain a virus outbreak. Du, who lives in Jiaozhuo, near the central city … Continue reading

It’s time for global businesses to admit it: China isn’t a good investment


Global companies have flocked to invest in China for decades, lured by the promise of cheap, skilled labor and a stable, if tyrannical, government. Recent economic shocks show it’s time for them to rethink that cozy arrangement. The coronavirus outbreak is the first shock to the Chinese industrial complex. The disease is spreading so fast … Continue reading

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