China’s 17th central-management-level official investigated

China 04/08/22, 22:26

Li Jiexiang, 58, deputy director of the Standing Committee of the Qinghai Provincial People's Congress and former vice governor, was investigated on Apr. 7 for alleged "serious violations of discipline and law." Li was the 3rd deputy provincial cadre to be sacked in Qinghai after the 19th National Congress, and the ...

China coast piled with sanctioned oil due to Covid outbreak

China 04/08/22, 22:14

Bloomberg cited Kpler data, saying on Friday, Apr 6, that tankers carrying 22 million barrels of oil from sanctioned countries have piled up off China's coast. China has been importing sanctioned oil from Iran and Venezuela over the past few years. The trading of discounted oil was disrupted due to coronavirus outbreaks ...

Shanghai lockdown: China-based US Marines ask for food

News 04/08/22, 00:12

In a private consulate message group's posts on WeChat, a US consulate staff in Shanghai on Tuesday, April 5, appealed to colleagues to provide them with some food.The US Marines ran out of fresh food because of a strict coronavirus lockdown from authorities.Reuter reported that the staff said in the ...

China’s lockdowns leave production disrupted, EU trade group warns

Economy 04/08/22, 00:03

The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China warns of fractured supply chains resulting from the zero-COVID approach, saying that European companies operating in the country are struggling to cope with lockdowns, and their business confidence diminished. At a media event held on April 6, Jörg Wuttke, the Chamber’s president, said ...

China’s Qingming Festival travelers slump by almost two-thirds from 2021

Economy 04/08/22, 00:01

State-media Economic Daily reported on Tuesday, April 5, that the number of travelers during China's three-day Qingming holiday travel plunged by almost two-thirds from 2021 due to strict COVID-19 prevention measures. According to China's Transport Ministry, during the Festival, which lasts between April 3 and 5, commuters traveling by rail, road, ...

China to face sanctions if it supports Russia-Ukraine war, U.S. says

China 04/07/22, 23:59

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said on Wednesday, April 6, that sanctions placed on Russia over its war in Ukraine should give China a "good understanding" of its implications if it provides material support to Russia. According to Reuters, Sherman stated that the "range of sanctions" and export controls ...

US Embassy concerned about China’s anti-COVID measures

News 04/07/22, 23:55

According to the South China Morning Post, the United States embassy in Beijing said in a statement to American citizens on April 6 that ambassador Nicholas Burns and other diplomats in China were raising concerns with Chinese officials "directly" about its COVID-19 control measures. These measures include "residential quarantines, mass testing, ...

China opposes United States’ potential arms sales to Taiwan

Economy 04/07/22, 23:53

China urged the U.S. not to continue its arms sales plans to Taiwan, with an estimated total value of $95 million. On April 6, at a regular press briefing, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian said, "The U.S. arms sales to the Taiwan region of China seriously violate the one-China principle and ...

Child-separation policy loosens, but Shanghai faces a shortage of food

Economy 04/07/22, 23:49

Shanghai allowed at least one parent to stay with the Covid-19 infected children on Wednesday, April 5. In addition, residents' movements will remain restricted until testing results are evaluated. According to Reuters, the most populous city issued the lockdown extension after ten days of sealing the urban area in parts, confining ...

China-Ukraine diplomat talk signals potential Xi-Zelenskyy meeting

China 04/07/22, 23:16

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke for the second time with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba by phone on April 4. According to Chinese state news agency Xinhua, Wang said, "China welcomes peace talks between Russia and Ukraine. China is willing to continue to play a constructive role in its own way." According ...

Pro-CCP official to run for Hong Kong’s top position

China 04/07/22, 23:12

Hong Kong's No. 2 official, a strong supporter of Beijing's national security law, formally resigned on April 6 to run in the city's upcoming leadership race. John Lee Ka-chiu, the city's chief secretary for administration, submitted his resignation to Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam. Lee said at a news conference, "If my resignation ...

Leaked document exposes inconsistency in Beijing-Solomon’s military base

Insights 04/07/22, 22:54

News.com reported that an official Chinese document contradicts Beijing’s dismissing plans to build a military base in the Solomon Islands on April 7. This document shows that China plans to establish a military presence in the Solomon Islands in 2020 after the South Pacific country cut off its relationship with Taiwan ...

Treasury Secretary: US will respond if China invades Taiwan

China 04/07/22, 22:48

Speaking at The Annual Testimony of the Secretary of the Treasury on the State of the International Financial System hearing on April 6, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen said that if China takes aggressive actions against Taiwan, the U.S. will impose sanctions against China. Answering questions from lawmakers about ...