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Beijing hoses down its own vaccine propaganda

Chinese public health officials and experts are split over whether the entire population should get at least one jab in the winter if local vaccines become available before a possible next resurgence of Covid-19.  In a turn, Beijing now appears to be trying to manage…

Wuhan Families of Coronavirus Victims Say China Blocking Lawsuits

The families of Chinese coronavirus victims in Wuhan, where the coronavirus pandemic originated accused the Communist Party of blocking lawsuits against the state for its poor handling of the outbreak on obscure legal grounds, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported Thursday. 0…

Xi loses a friend as US envoy’s term cut short

Washington’s top representative in Beijing is packing to leave as the world’s most important relationship hits a new low and needs an “old China hand” more than ever to stop tensions from spiraling out of control. Terry Branstad, who is seeing out the final weeks…

Fleeing Virologist: Chinese Coronavirus Was ‘Made in Wuhan Lab’

Li-Meng Yan, a former virologist at the University of Hong Kong School of Public Health, told a U.K. broadcast this weekend that she is certain the Chinese coronavirus “is not from nature” but, rather, artificially engineered at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. 0…

Debate rages over China’s Covid-19 vaccines

In March, about 180 immunologists and epidemiologists with China National Pharmaceutical Industry Corp (SinoPharm), together with their families, signed up to be the first volunteers to receive jabs as the state-owned drugmaker scrambled to develop a Covid-19 vaccine but needed to ascertain its safety and…

Chinese Angered by Awards Snub of Fallen Coronavirus Doctor Li Wenliang

Chinese dictator Xi Jinping staged a splashy awards ceremony in Beijing on Wednesday, attended by hundreds of high Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials, in which he bestowed medals upon citizens who helped face the “extraordinary and historic test” of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. 0…

Poor drag anchor as Xi turns the economic ship

Covid-19 has driven home the fact that as the world market is crippled by the health crisis, Beijing has to count on self-sufficiency and call on its own people to spend their way out of trouble. President Xi Jinping has coined the term “internal circulation”…

Xi: Virus victory proof of party’s ‘superiority’

Chinese President Xi Jinping extolled the Communist Party’s “superiority” as well as tenacious leadership on Tuesday morning as he proclaimed China’s “resounding success” in the epic struggle against Covid-19.  Xi told a packed auditorium inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing that the…

China to declare virus victory with unveiling of vaccines

Three Chinese-made vaccines purported to be safe and effective against Covid-19 have made their debut at a local trade fair, the first to be held for domestic and overseas traders in Beijing since the epidemic first erupted in the country in late December.  Chinese President…

Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi, 83, Hospitalised with Coronavirus

ROME (AP) — Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, who has a history of heart and other medical problems, was admitted to a Milan hospital early Friday as a precaution to monitor his coronavirus infection, a top aide said. 0…

Wuhan Locals on Coronavirus Lockdown: ‘The Trauma Is So Deep’

In Wuhan – the origin location of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic – locals say that the city’s 11-week coronavirus lockdown caused severe “trauma” to both the urban center’s economy and its residents’ collective psyche, contradicting Chinese Communist Party (CCP) propaganda suggesting that the capital of…

Wuhan, where the virus emerged, re-opens schools

Students in face masks returned to class Tuesday in Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the coronavirus first emerged last year, as the city opened schools and kindergartens for the first time in seven months. Nearly 1.4 million students resumed classes at some 2,800 kindergartens,…

‘America First’ Enters Its Most Combustible Moment

The months before and after a presidential election are particularly fragile for foreign policy. Each of the five presidents I served understood, as did his team, the weight of this time. Politics and legacy were always front of mind. They were all also conscious of…

China’s free vaccine offer comes with conditions

Beijing is stepping up its medical supplies diplomacy but their are signs that its offer of Covid-19 vaccines to Southeast Asian neighbors has strings attached. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Monday assured his counterparts from Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Burma they would get priority…

China sets railway building spree in high-speed motion

More high-speed rail arteries and feeder lines will connect China’s largest megacities and outlying regions in Beijing’s new drive to more than double the length of China’s high-speed railway network. The network is already the world’s longest and the new aim is to hit the…

Thousands Cram into Wuhan Water Park for Music Festival

Thousands of festival-goers crammed into a water park over the weekend in Wuhan — the central Chinese city where the Wuhan coronavirus first emerged last year — as local Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials say they are once again easing coronavirus restrictions in the city.…

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