Latest news and updates on the impact of a new strain of coronavirus in mainland China. The virus, which causes the disease Covid-19 was first reported in Wuhan. The authorities introduced sweeping me
The Chinese internet exploded over the weekend after a post criticizing Zhong Nanshan, China’s equivalent to Anthony Fauci, touched a nerve in the country. The post, published by a person named Shen Jiaxin, who claims to be an actress, asked Dr Zhong, “Dr. Zhong, apart from appearing on camera all the time, what research have you conducted? What effective drugs have you invented? How many Covid patients have you cured?” “What kind of contribution have you made to the pandemic?” Zhong, who does not work for the government but is a member of the communist party, has become the public face of China’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic. He has an outsized celebrity compared to other public h
Nov 30, 2020
A middle school in the Chinese city of Shanghai has installed a robotic cook in its canteen to improve the safety of food preparation during the coronavirus pandemic.
Nov 25, 2020
Chen Rui says when she discovered a Burberry jacket she did not recall buying was the moment she knew she had to bring in experts to manage her overflowing luxury wardrobe. The Beijing resident is not the only affluent Chinese shopper running out of closet space after they engaged in online spending sprees during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Nov 23, 2020
Shanghai recently reported its first Covid-19 case in months, but the case has also heightened concerns about privacy after the personal details of a close contact of the patient were leaked online. The issue is particularly sensitive because of the large amount of personal information the Chinese authorities collect to combat the disease, and the city authorities are now investigating how the man's information was made public. The breach happened after a worker at the city's Pudong airport tested positive for coronavirus and the authorities started testing and monitoring his co-workers. These included the man whose details were leaked and who has been identified only by his surname Ni. The
Nov 16, 2020
A game development company in China has found itself in a PR crisis after it leveraged the coronavirus pandemic to impose voluntary pay cuts despite having a profitable year. At Duoyi Network, a gaming company based in the southern city of Guangzhou, more than 90% of the staff reportedly took the voluntary pay cuts. The company said the applicants were “mostly happy and satisfied” in a series of statements issued over the weekend. Controversy ensued when the company also said it implemented pay cuts to “test the staff’s loyalty,” and the company’s chairman, Xu Bo, offered a 30,000 yuan ($4,500) “reward” for anyone to come forward and admit that they did not want to take a pay cut. “No ma
Nov 10, 2020
There are signs of progress on development of a Covid-19 vaccine being tested by Chinese company Fosun Pharma in collaboration with German’s BioNTech, according to Guo Guangchang, chairman of Fosun International. Guo said the vaccine being developed is an mRNA jab, which is faster and cheaper to produce than traditional vaccines.
Nov 09, 2020
Halloween revelers in the central Chinese city of Wuhan flocked to the Happy Valley amusement park to watch a parade on October 29, 2020. The celebrations took place months after the city that was the initial epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to recover from a strict lockdown to fight the spread of the coronavirus that causes the disease. Video source: AP/Newsflare
Nov 03, 2020
Once an oasis along the northern silk road, the ancient city of Kashgar in Xinjiang is today a Uygur cultural hub as well as a regional commercial and trading center. It is now locked down over fears it is in the middle of a coronavirus outbreak. Over last weekend and into the early week, China tested 4.74 million people in the area after a 17-year-old girl in the county of Shufu tested positive. The mass testing campaign revealed 183 people who tested positive for the coronavirus, most of whom were asymptomatic. Officials have put the city, and the surrounding area, in strict lockdown, as I reported for the South China Morning Post. Only a handful of supermarkets and food stalls are open a
Oct 30, 2020
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Inkstone Index features one important number about China to give you insight into the rising power. $60: The cost of a new emergency use coronavirus vaccine in China. The general public in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang can now get an “emergency use” coronavirus vaccine in the country’s first attempt to inoculate its population. The vaccine will cost 400 yuan ($60) and will involve two shots administered 28 days apart. The push for inoculation comes despite the fact that none of the vaccines in development have been officially approved. China currently has four vaccines that have entered phase three clinical trials, but none of them have passed. Much
Oct 29, 2020
Covid-19 vaccine candidates have advanced into final-stage trials faster than any in history, and projections for how many total doses could roll off assembly lines next year now top 16 billion, according to one recent calculation. But failures and setbacks are standard in the vaccine industry, and such projections could be cut by more than half, according to another estimate made last month. Which experimental vaccines eventually make it past approval and off assembly lines at scale will profoundly impact who gets vaccinated and when. Rich economies have already claimed large amounts of some companies’ supplies. Those companies have also pledged supplies to lower and middle-income economie
Oct 28, 2020