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Politics

‘Do not travel to the US’: China hits back at American ‘overreaction’ to coronavirus
Beijing has warned Chinese citizens not to travel to the United States, in what analysts said is a political move that will worsen already heightened tensions between the two powers. In a travel advisory released on Monday, China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism cautioned against visiting the US, citing its “overreaction” to the coronavirus outbreak and the “unfair treatment” Chinese tourists received in the country. “Do not travel to the US,” the ministry said in a notice. This appeared to be a direct response to Washington’s decision nearly a month ago to deny entry to foreigners who have been to China within the past 14 days.  Since the outbreak, more than 60 countries have imposed some
 ‘Do not travel to the US’: China hits back at American ‘overreaction’ to coronavirus
Can US offer Africa an alternative to Chinese loans?
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Africa last week marked a new drive by the Trump administration to counter China’s growing influence on the continent. Last week, he visited Senegal, Angola and Ethiopia, three countries where Beijing has pumped billions of dollars into infrastructure projects, and used the trip to make a thinly veiled attack on China in an effort to promote the US and its companies as a better alternative. But the visit was Pompeo’s first to Africa since becoming secretary of state almost two years ago, and some observers questioned whether it was too little too late to counter Beijing’s much deeper levels of engagement. On Wednesday, in a speech in the Ethiopian
Can US offer Africa an alternative to Chinese loans?
Chinese propaganda under fire for ‘humiliating’ female nurses
Chinese state media reports heaping praise on women nurses for their sacrifices in the fight against the coronavirus epidemic are backfiring online, with social media users and academics dismissing them as propaganda and “humiliating.” State broadcaster CCTV led the charge last week, describing a nurse who was in her last month of pregnancy as “a great mother and angel in a white gown” because she had continued to work in the emergency ward of a hospital in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak in central China. Zhao Yu was due to give birth in 20 days when the report aired, and apparently insisted she should remain on duty at a hospital overwhelmed with virus patients. Although her colleague
Chinese propaganda under fire for ‘humiliating’ female nurses
US needs more guns and friends to counter China, Pentagon official says
The United States must prepare for a possible military conflict with China, including by developing new weapons and strengthening ties with allies, a senior Trump administration official said on Thursday. In remarks that underscored growing competition between the US government and an increasingly powerful Chinese military, Chad Sbragia, deputy assistant secretary of defense for China, said the Pentagon needs to “build and deploy a more lethal, resilient joint force.”  That includes more hypersonic weapons, artificial intelligence, robots and laser weapons, Sbragia told the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, which was set up by Congress in 2000 to evaluate the defense implicat
US needs more guns and friends to counter China, Pentagon official says
Chinese internet rejects Communist virtual idols named after Mao poems
Two new “virtual idols” representing the youth wing of China’s Communist Party failed spectacularly, in large part because they were released as China still struggles to grapple with the coronavirus outbreak.  The Communist Youth League posted on the Twitter-like Weibo on Monday that it would release two new animated cartoon characters.  “Let’s meet two new friends, the league’s virtual idols Hongqiman and Jiangshanjiao,” the Communist Youth League said to its 12 million followers.  The two characters’ names, which mean “abundant red flags” and “lovely land,” were both derived from poems by late Chairman Mao Zedong.  The project is the party’s latest attempt to win the hearts of China’s you
Chinese internet rejects Communist virtual idols named after Mao poems
US labels 5 Chinese state media outlets as Beijing’s operatives
The US State Department on Tuesday said it will officially treat five Chinese state media outlets as government agencies controlled by Beijing. These media organizations include China’s state news agency Xinhua, CGTN, China Radio International, China Daily and a distribution branch for the People’s Daily, the Communist Party mouthpiece, called Hai Tian Development USA.  The decision will require the staff of these entities to register with the US State Department the same way that embassy and consular employees do, a State Department official said. “These five entities all meet the definition of a foreign mission under the Foreign Missions Act,” the official said. They are “substantially own
US labels 5 Chinese state media outlets as Beijing’s operatives
China looks ready to ban wildlife trade
The Chinese government is expected to fast-track a ban on the trade and consumption of wild animals after the practice was linked to the Covid-19 outbreak. On Monday the official news agency Xinhua reported that the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s highest legislative body, would review the ban at a meeting on February 24. The committee will also discuss the decision to postpone the annual legislative session that had been due to take place in early March. Trading and consumption of wild animals has been practiced in China for centuries but has been blamed for helping to spread the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, the disease which has so far infected more than
China looks ready to ban wildlife trade
Science, espionage and paranoia in US-China relations
A smartly dressed Chinese man was spotted in a field in rural Iowa, in the United States, in autumn 2011. This was enough to raise suspicion in a community that was 97% white and the local police went to check it out. Thus began perhaps one of the stranger cases of industrial espionage in recent years, one that highlights the threat of industrial theft and the overblown atmosphere of fear and mistrust that exists between the United States and China over intellectual property and trade. The field in question was planted with genetically modified seed lines developed by agricultural giant Monsanto, a company that guards its intellectual property – like hybrid seeds and fertilizer – with great
Science, espionage and paranoia in US-China relations
Xi’s China faces ‘crisis of Chernobyl proportions’
Long before it became synonymous with a viral outbreak, the central Chinese city of Wuhan had been at the heart of some key political events in the country’s modern history. It was where an armed uprising began in 1911 that ended thousands of years of imperial rule. It was where Mao swam across the Yangtze River in 1966, at the age of 72, in a publicity stunt that helped rally support for his Cultural Revolution. This winter, it was the starting point for an outbreak of a new coronavirus – which causes the disease now officially known as Covid-19 – that has rapidly spread across the country and beyond, killing more than 1,380 people and paralyzing cities. The crisis has been referred to as C
Xi’s China faces ‘crisis of Chernobyl proportions’
Beijing purges top officials at coronavirus epicenter amid public anger
The Chinese leadership has purged the top officials in the central province of Hubei, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, in a response to the public anger over what is seen as a botched response to the epidemic.  Hubei’s Communist Party chief Jiang Chaoliang was replaced by Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported on Thursday. Ying, 61, is a close ally of Chinese President Xi Jinping.  The Communist Party leader of Wuhan, 56-year-old Ma Guoqiang, also lost his job, Xinhua said. He will be replaced by Wang Zhonglin, the party secretary of Shandong’s provincial capital Jinan in eastern China.  Jiang, 61, is the highest-ranking official purged so far in the ou
Beijing purges top officials at coronavirus epicenter amid public anger