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Xi Jinping defends China’s coronavirus response
Chinese President Xi Jinping defended his government’s coronavirus response at this year’s World Health Assembly meeting, saying that China has “acted with openness, transparency and responsibility” during the Covid-19 fight. He also said that China will support an investigation into the pandemic led by the World Health Organization.
The US and China are battling for influence. Who’s winning?
In 2018, President Xi Jinping said China would “take an active part in leading the reform of the global governance system” as part of an effort to build “a community with a shared future for humanity.” That message was vague enough to attract little attention, until the Covid-19 pandemic arrived, bringing upheaval and uncertainty, along with the potential to redraw the map of global power and influence.  The question then became: what would China’s role in global governance reform look like? The organization at the forefront of this debate has been the World Health Organization, which is on the front line in coordinating the fight against Covid-19. Critics – President Donald Trump prominent
Coronavirus particles can linger in the air, study suggests
Research in China has added new evidence to the understanding of how the coronavirus – thought to spread mainly through contact with droplets from coughs and sneezes – may linger in the air. The findings suggest coronavirus particles could linger after being shaken from medical workers’ protective gear, or be present in the air in toilets used by patients. The data was based on measurements of particles in the air at two hospitals in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. The study, set to be published in the journal Nature, indicates the virus may have the potential to be transmitted via small droplets suspended in the air called aerosols, the researchers said. Virus-laden aerosols may play a r
China warns US cut to WHO funding weakens global coronavirus response
China has denounced Washington’s plan to suspend funding to the World Health Organization, saying it would weaken the coordinated effort needed to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Wednesday that Beijing was concerned about the Trump administration’s announcement to withhold funding to the global health agency over alleged missteps it made in responding to the coronavirus outbreak in China.  “The decision of the US will weaken the WHO’s ability to handle the pandemic, especially the nations whose capabilities are not well developed,” Zhao said. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the US would suspend funding to the WHO for a planned 60-
Hackers target Beijing and WHO amid pandemic, reports say
Hackers targeted Chinese agencies and diplomatic missions in a coordinated cyber espionage campaign, according to a report by a leading Chinese internet security provider. Both domestic Chinese agencies and Beijing’s diplomatic missions in countries including Italy, the UK, North Korea and Thailand have been attacked, according to a report by Qihoo 360. It speculated in the report that the East Asia-based DarkHotel hacking group attacked Chinese operations for reasons linked to the pandemic. The group is also suspected to be behind recent cyberattacks against the World Health Organization, according to a Reuters report. Officials and cybersecurity experts warn that hackers of all stripes are
The world makes U-turn on wearing face masks to stop coronavirus
As the world grapples with the Covid-19 pandemic, one issue has divided the international medical community: should everyone wear masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus? From the start, the World Health Organization said the answer was “no.” Masks should be worn by those who are sick, and medical and care workers, according to the global body. There was no need for people who are well to wear them. That position was adopted by countries such as the United States, Britain, much of Europe, Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa and Singapore.  Those governments emphasized frequent handwashing and social distancing. They also cited the need to save available masks for health care wor
No need to wear a mask? Experts urge health authorities to rethink mask policy
As the coronavirus has spread to more than 110 countries, the world can’t seem to agree on whether everyone should wear a face mask. While masks are a common sight in China and many other parts of East Asia, European and American authorities have advised only the ill to wear a mask when they go out. A review by Inkstone found that only three of the nine countries most affected by the coronavirus recommend people without respiratory symptoms to wear a mask to prevent the spread of the virus, especially in crowded places. As the spread of the virus accelerates outside East Asia, some experts have called on global health authorities to rethink the role of masking. In an article published in th
What the world can learn from China’s lockdown experience
When Chinese authorities made the decision, it went into effect immediately. In an effort to contain the coronavirus epidemic, entire cities, including Wuhan, the epicenter of the contagion, went into lockdown in the central Chinese province of Hubei in late January. Nearly 60 million people were largely confined to their cities by central government decree, with school and work canceled across the country. That effort appeared to start paying off last week as China reported fewer than 200 new cases of fresh infection each day, down from last month when there were several days with more than 3,000 new cases. On Monday, for the second day in a row, China reported no new local infections outsi