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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

Cadence Column: Asia, February 10, 2020


The words of US President Trump set an unsettling policy for Communist China: “We’re also getting our allies, finally, to help pay their fair share.” This is far-reaching. By having multiple nations with multiple militaries operating with appropriate budgets, China faces an enclave of opponents, not just one. There is no single head to decapitate. … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, February 3, 2020


The world is fed up with China’s Communist Party, including people in China. The Wuhan virus is a blame-blaming scandal of a magnitude greater than Chairman Mao. It could crack the foundation of Xi Jinping’s rule and party confidence along with it. Top down leadership ties the hands of first responders. So does propaganda-driven speech … 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: Flights delayed as air pollution hits record in Shanghai


Hundreds of flights were delayed or cancelled on Friday in China’s commercial hub of Shanghai as record levels of air pollution shrouded the city in smog, prompting authorities to issue the highest level of health warning. The incident is especially embarrassing at a time when China seeks to build Shanghai into a global business hub … Continue reading

China’s anti-pollution drive risks running out of gas


A chronic shortage of natural gas is hurting China’s plan to move away from burning coal to heat homes and offices, raising the prospect of more choking air pollution this winter and beyond. The problem is worst in northern China, where air pollution mainly caused by decades of reliance on coal has lowered life expectancy … Continue reading

Is China really ready for the next influenza outbreak?


Reports on China’s recent response to the outbreak of novel influenza have reflected broad international satisfaction. While we share this satisfaction, we are nonetheless concerned that the international public health community overestimates China’s ability to effectively contain and control a future returning, or newly occurring influenza outbreak. The influenza virus – a leading cause of … Continue reading

Millions face arsenic contamination risk in China


Nearly 20 million people in China live in areas at high risk of arsenic contamination in their water supplies, according to a study published on Thursday. The Chinese government has labelled arsenic contamination, which it first diagnosed in China in the 1970s, as one of the country’s “most important endemic diseases,” due to the chronic side effects which include … Continue reading

China bird flu outbreak: 3 good, 3 bad and 3 very bad signs


Since the new avian flu strain H7N9 began appearing in China earlier this year, it’s infected over 100 people, killed 22, spread to five provinces plus Beijing and Shanghai and, as of Wednesday, is confirmed to have spread abroad to Taiwan. How worried should you be about this? How serious is the H7N9 outbreak? The simplest and … Continue reading

Will China ever get its pollution problem under control?


When Beijing was choking on record levels of smog, observers wondered whether China would ever get its pollution problem under control. It’s an insanely difficult question, with huge implications from climate change to the global economy. Here’s one stab at an answer, in the form of a recent analysis from Deutsche Bank economists. The bad news: Most of China’s … Continue reading

China plans emergency measures to control Beijing air pollution


Beijing is to unveil unprecedented new rules governing how China‘s capital reacts to hazardous air pollution, the official Xinhua news agency said, as deteriorating air quality threatens to become a rallying point for wider political dissatisfaction. The rules will formalize previous ad-hoc measures, including shutting down factories, cutting back on burning coal and taking certain … Continue reading

China: PM2.5 air pollutants causing more deaths than estimated, study says


The health risks of microscopic air pollutants have been grossly underestimated on the mainland, with nearly 8,600 premature deaths expected this year in four major cities, a study has revealed. And premature deaths are “just a tiny fraction” of the adverse health impacts of tiny airborne particles, less than 2.5 microns in diameter, known as … Continue reading

China to flatten 700 mountains to build a city


Last month China made news with the surprising announcement that a firm in the city of Changsha would attempt to build the world’s tallest skyscraper in 90 days. Now, the country is making headlines with another ambitious challenge — flattening 700 mountains in order to build a city. The so-called “mountain-moving project,” was actually launched in … Continue reading

Rising birth defects in mainland China blamed on pollution, unhealthy living


Pollution and unhealthy lifestyle choices have contributed to a big rise in the incidence of birth defects on the mainland in the past 15 years, experts say. Last year, birth defects were detected in 1.53 per cent of newborns in their first seven days of life, up from 1.09 per cent in 2000 and 0.87 … Continue reading

China to phase out harvesting organs from executed prisoners


The mainland will cut down on the unethical harvesting of organs from executed prisoners early next year when a new organ donation system is set up, a government expert said yesterday. Dr Wang Haibo , director of the Ministry of Health‘s China Organ Transplant Response System Centre, was quoted in the World Health Organisation‘s November … Continue reading

Survey reports China most stressful country in the world


The following was translated and edited from an article that appeared on the Chinese news site Huanqiu.com. It discusses the results of a recent survey on workplace stress by international business service provider Regus, which names China, and in particular Beijing and Shanghai, as the most “stressful” country in the world. The article speculates on … Continue reading

China tells US to stop reporting pollution


A senior Chinese official demanded on Tuesday that foreign embassies stop issuing air pollution readings, saying it was against the law and diplomatic conventions, in pointed criticism of a closely watched US embassy index. The level of air pollution in China’s heaving capital varies, depending on the wind, but a cocktail of smokestack emissions, vehicle … Continue reading

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