CHINA’S POST-PANDEMIC FUTURE: WUHAN WOBBLY?

Today, China clearly poses the most serious, sizeable, and multidimensional long-term challenge to U.S. interests at home and around the world. The point is highlighted in recent key documents issued by the White House and the Pentagon and regularly emphasized by analysts and commentators. But will the China threat persist in coming decades? Is Beijing… Continue reading CHINA’S POST-PANDEMIC FUTURE: WUHAN WOBBLY?

China reportedly lying about Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to deflect study

People spraying disinfectant in Handan, China on January 23, 2021.FeatureChina via AP Images

China is stoking fears about the safety of Pfizer’s COVID-19 shot to deflect from damning studies questioning the effectiveness of its own vaccine, according to a report. State media has ramped up coverage of baseless safety fears, accusing Western media of ignoring the deaths of 23 recently inoculated seniors in Norway, even after officials ruled… Continue reading China reportedly lying about Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to deflect study

World’s ten richest people gained enough wealth to buy COVID vaccines for all

Jeff Bezos is the world's richest person.SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP via Getty Images

The world’s 10 richest people added enough money to their fortunes last year to buy COVID-19 vaccines for every person on the planet, a new report says. British anti-poverty organization Oxfam included the stunning finding in a wide-ranging report to illustrate how the pandemic has widened the divide between the rich and the poor. “Rigged… Continue reading World’s ten richest people gained enough wealth to buy COVID vaccines for all

Hong Kong imposes city’s first COVID-19 lockdown in Kowloon area

Health workers are seen in protective gear inside a locked down portion of the Jordan residential area to contain a new outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Hong Kong, China January 23, 2021. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Hong Kong is locking down thousands of residents for the first time over the weekend to contain a worsening outbreak of the coronavirus. The unprecedented step for the Yau Ma Tei and Jordan areas — known for their night markets — was announced in a government statement at 4 a.m. local time. Authorities aim to… Continue reading Hong Kong imposes city’s first COVID-19 lockdown in Kowloon area

Pro-Beijing Hong Kong politicians to be vaccinated before city residents

The pro-Beijing bloc of Hong Kong politics are set to travel to Shenzhen this week to receive a coronavirus jab. Photo: Xinhua

A group of more than 200 pro-Beijing politicians in Hong Kong is set to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in mainland China, ahead of the rest of the city’s population, in order to attend the Chinese Communist party’s premier political event this year. The businesspeople, lawmakers and other professionals represent Hong Kong on some of mainland… Continue reading Pro-Beijing Hong Kong politicians to be vaccinated before city residents

Japan suicides jumped 16%. And women have been impacted most

Shoppers walk through the Nishiki market in Kyoto, Japan, on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Japan expanded its state of emergency beyond the Tokyo region to encompass the country’s other main economic hubs including Osaka, as it battles to contain a record surge in coronavirus cases. Photographer: Kosuke Okahara/Bloomberg

There is an increasing concern that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic could harm psychological health and exacerbate suicide risk. Japan had seen a rise in the number of people taking their own lives in recent months, particularly among women and children, even though they fell in the first wave when the government offered generous… Continue reading Japan suicides jumped 16%. And women have been impacted most

WHO team arrives in Wuhan and What the researchers are trying to learn

Health workers at the international airport in Wuhan on Thursday, following the arrival of a World Health Organization team investigating the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. NICOLAS ASFOURI/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

The World Health Organization (WHO) team of international researchers that arrived Thursday in the central Chinese city of Wuhan where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected to conduct a politically sensitive investigation into its origins amid uncertainty about whether Beijing might try to prevent embarrassing discoveries. The visit has been shrouded in secrecy, with neither… Continue reading WHO team arrives in Wuhan and What the researchers are trying to learn