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As deaths mount, is the US ready for the coronavirus?
As coronavirus cases surge worldwide, US President Donald Trump said his administration has done an “incredible job” preventing the spread of Covid-19 in the country. A US health official from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has meanwhile warned it is not a question of “if” but rather “when” America will face a community spread of the virus. California has been monitoring 8,400 people for signs of infection after it reported a coronavirus case of unknown origin, potentially the first instance of community transmission in the US. Washington state has reported 2 deaths from the coronavirus, and New York has reported its first case. The US has 88 reported cases as of March 2.
Meet Wang Newton: a drag king in a world of queens
Wang Newton is a drag king and comedian based in New York City. She is one of the very few Asian-American “kings” in the US. Wang, who moved to the US from Taiwan at the age of five, has also performed on stages across Asia, including Taipei. She talks about life as a drag king in an industry dominated by queens.
How mahjong shaped America
Linda Feinstein has been playing mahjong, a Chinese tile-based game, since she was nine years old. Now 71, Feinstein runs a popular American mahjong club in New York that attracts hundreds of players every Monday. Mahjong was invented in ancient China and spread to the US in the 1920s. Its popularity waned as more women went to work, but it’s made a comeback after 9/11, and in this video we look at how mahjong has made an impact on America.
Step aside, America. Singapore is now the world’s most competitive economy
Singapore has overtaken the United States to become the world’s most competitive economy, according to Switzerland’s IMD Business School’s annual rankings. It regained a spot it last claimed in 2010, an accolade that means it came up tops among the 63 economies assessed for sustainable growth, job generation and welfare for its citizens. The US was knocked off its perch at the top, slipping to third as the confidence boost from tax cuts faded and high-technology exports weakened. The competitiveness of the world’s biggest economy was also hit by higher fuel prices, weaker high-tech exports and fluctuations in the value of the dollar. “In a year of high uncertainty in global markets due to r
‘I am not a spy’: Chinese students in US become ‘cannon fodder’ of politics
Albert Pi, in his second year of a PhD program in electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), endured an 85-day wait for his US visa while visiting family in Beijing over the winter break. A trip meant to last only two weeks nearly turned into a permanent homecoming. The reason for the delay: “administrative processing,” a designation for visa applications undergoing additional vetting for security reasons. Several students in science and technology interviewed by the South China Morning Post said their visa wait time ran from eight to 10 weeks. Before Donald Trump took office in January 2017, there were fewer such delays and wait times typ
Biden says China is not going to ‘eat our lunch.’ Other candidates beg to differ
Joe Biden, a front-runner in the Democratic race for US presidential nomination, has come under bipartisan ridicule for playing down the notion that China is a rising economic and geopolitical threat to America. “China is going to eat our lunch? Come on, man,” Biden said during a campaign stop in Iowa City, Iowa on Wednesday. “They are not competition for us.” Biden’s view on China pits him against lawmakers and other presidential candidates who are wary of Beijing’s expanding global influence. Since the China trade deal I voted against, America has lost over 3 million manufacturing jobs. It’s wrong to pretend that China isn’t one of our major economic competitors. When we are in the White H
The FBI director taking aim at China
“Vulgar,” “arrogant,” a “low-life.” Ask Chinese state media for an assessment of FBI director Christopher Wray, and the response will be less than flattering. Wray’s scathing critique last week of what he called China’s attempts to “steal its way up the economic ladder” at the United States’ expense quickly drew fire from nationalist voices across the Pacific. An editorial by the reliably provocative Global Times, which is published by China’s Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily, led the charge. Wray’s accusation, made at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington on April 26, displayed an “undisguised contempt for the whole of Chinese society” and threatened to lead US understandi
Ex-CIA officer says he spied for China
A former US intelligence officer pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges of conspiring to deliver top-secret national defense information to China and unlawful retention of classified information. Jerry Chun Shing Lee was expected to go to trial in federal court this week in Alexandria, Virginia, but a hearing to change his plea was held before US District Judge T.S. Ellis III, who could sentence Lee to a maximum penalty of life in prison. “I conspired to gather and send secret-level information to the government of the PRC,” Lee told Ellis at the end of Wednesday’s hearing, using the initials for the People’s Republic of China. Lee acknowledged lying to officials of the Central Intelligence
‘Arrogant’ US denies Chinese neuroscientist a visa (again)
A Chinese neuroscientist who once held US citizenship has accused the US embassy in Beijing of arrogance after he was turned down for a visa – the latest in a series of denials he has experienced from the embassy. Rao Yi, the dean of Peking University’s School of Life Sciences, said he had been invited by the National Science Foundation (NSF), a US government agency based in Alexandria, Virginia, to attend a science workshop on July 23 and 24 in Washington. But his plans went awry when his visa application was rejected, possibly as a result of the tighter screening process introduced last month for Chinese academics and students in the fields of science and hi-tech manufacturing. “Most emba
ZTE shares plunge as senators fight to cut Trump’s lifeline
It’s one piece of bad news after another for ZTE Corp these days. Shares in the Chinese telecommunications giant plunged by as much as 41% when they resumed trading in Hong Kong on Wesdnesay after a two-month hiatus, and by as much as the daily limit of 10% on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. The fall wiped almost $3 billion off the market value of the world’s fourth-largest telecoms equipment maker. It’s the latest in a long line of blows to ZTE, which is struggling to get back on its feet after the US Commerce Department imposed a seven-year ban on the company from buying any US components – a move which crippled its operations. And while last week the Trump administration announced it had neg