Category: China

This photo taken on March 25, 2020 shows a staff member spraying disinfectant at a cinema as it prepares to reopen to the public after closing due to the COVID-19, in Shenyang in China's Liaoning province. (PHOTO/AFP)

China to reopen movie theaters as epidemic wanes

Chinese movie theatres in low-risk areas have been allowed to resume operation starting from July 20 following an improvement in the COVID-19 epidemic situation, the China Film Administration announced Thursday. These movie theatres should reopen on the premise that proper prevention and control measures have been put in place, the administration said in a circular. Attendance per show must not […]

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President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping have been sparring over trade. (Image by AP)

America’s falling prestige is as big a problem as China’s rise

The confusion in US politics cannot be ignored. Australia should consider hedging its bets by broadening our ties with like-minded nations. While much attention has been devoted to Australia’s problems dealing with the rise of China, too little is paid to the equally important dilemma raised by the strains in our relationship with the US. The US is still our […]

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Wuhan Strives To Return To Normal. But Scars From The COVID-19 Pandemic Run Deep (by Charlie Campbell/TIME)

Wuhan Strives to Return to Normal, But Scars From the Pandemic Run Deep

Every year, on Aug. 25, China celebrates the Qixi Festival, the nation’s equivalent of Valentine’s Day. Rooted in a mythical romance between an oxherd and weaver girl, it’s when romance blooms and gooey-eyed sweethearts exchange overpriced trinkets. Wuhan Strives To Return To Normal. But Scars From The COVID-19 Pandemic Run Deep (by Charlie Campbell/TIME) No new cases are reported in […]

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Chinese President Xi Jinping stands between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in 2018. (Photo by EPA-EFE)

China shows support for Belarusian leader amid criticism from EU

As the political instability in Belarus continues to worsen, China is the only major power that supports its long-time president, Alexander Lukashenko. Accused by the European Union and the United States of rigging the August 9 election, which saw him win a sixth term, Lukashenko said Russia tried to destabilise his country ahead of the poll, amid Minsk’s strained ties […]

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A volunteer received a coronavirus vaccine as part of clinical trials at Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University in June. (Image by Sechenov Medical University Press Office, via Getty Images)

Your Monday Briefing

We’re covering Russian plans for a nationwide coronavirus vaccination campaign, Britain’s dilemma if President Trump loses in November and a far-right extremist group in Germany. Russia plans mass vaccination after shortened trials Russia is planning a nationwide vaccination campaign in October with a coronavirus vaccine that has yet to complete clinical trials. The announcement has raised international concerns that the […]

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US diplomats ordered to leave Chinese consulate as tensions escalate (Image- getty)

Chengdu: US leaves consulate amid row with China

China’s decision to close the US mission came after the US shut China’s consulate in Houston. The move is seen as a retaliation for China’s removal from its consulate in Houston, Texas. American diplomatic staff have left their consulate in the Chinese city of Chengdu, after a 72-hour deadline expired. China ordered the closure in response to the US closing […]

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President Trump at a White House discussion of school reopenings this week. (Credit...Anna Moneymaker for The New York Times)

U.S. Schools, U.K. Jobs, Hagia Sophia: Your Thursday Briefing

GOOD MORNING. WE’RE COVERING THE DISPUTE OVER REOPENING U.S. SCHOOLS, A $38 BILLION PLAN TO SAVE BRITISH JOBS AND A CRACKDOWN ON PROTESTERS IN SERBIA. Schools become a flash point in U.S. reopening debate President Trump is at odds with his own public health experts over how to safely reopen schools in the fall, as coronavirus infection numbers in the […]

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The latest coronavirus outbreak in China is thought to have emerged from a wholesale food market. (Image by AFP)

Beijing reports 22 new virus cases as millions tested

The fresh cluster in Beijing has raised fears of a resurgence of the virus in China, which had largely brought the disease under control over recent months.

Dozens of communities have been sealed off in the city to contain the spread, with residents told to avoid non-essential travel and schools closed.

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