China’s Economy Stumbles in the Fog of Covid War

Even if the country avoids new lockdowns of big cities, question marks over the pandemic and policy direction are dogging efforts to revive growth.

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Chinese Police Database Was Unsecured Long Before It Was Seized

The breach is “a big black eye” for the Chinese security apparatus, one expert says, exposing the risk of the state’s vast effort to amass citizens’ personal data.

#china, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #privacy, #shanghai-china, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

Shanghai Wrestles With Psychological Scars From Lockdown

The lockdown fueled anxiety, fear and depression among the city’s residents. Experts have warned that the mental health impact of the confinement will be long-lasting.

#anxiety-and-stress, #beijing-china, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #depression-mental, #mental-health-and-disorders, #psychology-and-psychologists, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines, #shanghai-china, #world-health-organization

Shanghai’s Chaotic Lockdown Punctured the Chinese Dream

Recovering from this breach of public trust won’t be easy.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #quarantines, #shanghai-china, #xi-jinping

China Tries to Keep Covid Out of Its Grueling College-Entrance Exams

Some students have to travel from locked-down areas to testing sites in special vehicles, while others might be isolated for the exam.

#admissions-standards, #beijing-china, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #shanghai-china, #tests-and-examinations

Imaging Contrast Dye Shortage Delays Tests for Diseases

Many U.S. hospitals are postponing scans used to diagnose diseases after a Covid lockdown in China hobbled the main U.S. supplier of an imaging chemical.

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Tesla’s Aura Dims as Its Plunging Stock Highlights the Risks It Faces

Production problems in China and Elon Musk’s pursuit of Twitter are leading investors to wonder whether the electric car company is worth as much as they thought.

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As China Doubles Down on Lockdowns, Some Chinese Seek an Exit

Inquiries to immigration consultants have surged; social media users trade tips on how to get abroad. But the government aims to “strictly restrict nonessential exit activities.”

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Can We Still Be Optimistic About America?

Our perpetual pessimism can be turned into the source of our renewal.

#china, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #optimism, #pessimism, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #shanghai-china, #united-states

Has Shanghai Been Xinjianged?

Shanghai used to be the glamorous China, while Xinjiang was the dark China. Now both are casualties of authoritarian excess.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #politics-and-government, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines, #shanghai-china, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #xinjiang-china

China’s Covid Lockdowns Leave Millions Out of Work

Migrant workers and recent college graduates have been hit hardest by shuttered factories, closed construction sites and an anemic job market.

#beijing-china, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #li-keqiang, #quarantines, #roach-stephen-s, #shanghai-china, #shenzhen-china

Inside China’s Zero-Covid Fortress, Xi Admits No Doubts

As the lockdown of Shanghai and outbreaks in Beijing and elsewhere batter the economy, China’s leader keeps a distance from the politically charged issue.

#beijing-china, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #shanghai-china, #xi-jinping

China’s Covid Lockdown Outrage Tests Limits of Propaganda

Public anger and grief over the bungled lockdown in Shanghai is creating a credibility crisis for the country’s leader, Xi Jinping, and his zero Covid policies.

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Amid Virus Chaos, Shanghai Residents Band Together

As the authorities in China’s biggest city fight to stamp out an Omicron outbreak, neighbors are turning to one another for support.

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China’s Covid Lockdowns Stir Memories of a Planned Economy

China is meddling with free enterprise as it hasn’t in decades. The results are familiar to those old enough to remember: scarcity, and the rise of black markets.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #delivery-services, #disease-rates, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #politics-and-government, #shanghai-china

Tesla’s Profits Jumped in the First Quarter but Challenges Loom

The electric carmaker had to close an important factory in Shanghai because of China’s efforts to stamp out a coronavirus outbreak.

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Shanghai’s Low Covid Death Toll Revives Questions About China’s Numbers

The country’s largest city has recorded just 17 Covid deaths, despite surging cases. How China defines a Covid death may be part of the reason.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #hong-kong, #hu-xijin, #shanghai-china, #xi-jinping

China’s Economic Data Hints at Cost of Zero Covid Strategy

The country’s lockdowns have trapped truck drivers on highways, halted production lines and forced some importers to source goods from outside China.

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China’s ‘Zero-Covid’ Mess Proves Autocracy Hurts Everyone

The fear in China is that the strict coronavirus policy has become another Mao-style political campaign with devastating effects.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food, #mao-zedong, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #shanghai-china, #shortages, #tests-medical, #xi-jinping

From the U.S. to China: A 3-Month Quarantine Horror Story

A lawyer flew home to China hoping to see his family for the first time since the pandemic began. Instead, he was trapped in three months of quarantine.

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China Sets Aside Push to Spread Wealth in Pivotal Year for Xi

Xi Jinping’s rhetoric about redistributing wealth was aimed partly at drumming up public support. But it unnerved entrepreneurs and posed a drag on growth.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #credit-and-debt, #davos-switzerland, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #income-inequality, #liu-he-1952, #shanghai-china, #ukraine, #xi-jinping

How Lockdowns in China Have Further Bogged Down the Supply Chain

China’s Covid lockdowns and restrictions are holding up truck drivers who carry crucial components among factories and bring products to ports, posing a new disruption to the global supply chain.

#apple-inc, #beijing-china, #changchun-china, #china, #international-trade-and-world-market, #russia, #shanghai-china, #shenyang-china, #shenzhen-china, #shutdowns-institutional, #supply-chain, #tesla-motors-inc

Lockdowns in China Block Truck Shipments and Close Factories

China’s Covid lockdowns and restrictions are holding up truck drivers who carry crucial components among factories and bring products to ports, posing a new disruption to the global supply chain.

#apple-inc, #beijing-china, #changchun-china, #china, #international-trade-and-world-market, #russia, #shanghai-china, #shenyang-china, #shenzhen-china, #shutdowns-institutional, #supply-chain, #tesla-motors-inc

Shanghai’s Covid Lockdown Poses Test to China’s Leadership

Residents in Shanghai, China’s most populous and cosmopolitan city, have responded to the government’s pursuit of zero Covid with a rare outpouring of criticism.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #global-times, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #shanghai-china, #xi-jinping, #zhang-wenhong-1969

Inside Shanghai’s Covid-19 Lockdown

What it’s like to lock down after two years free of Covid worries.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #shanghai-china

In Shanghai, Covid Is Separating Parents From Children

As China’s largest city struggles to contain a coronavirus outbreak, outrage erupted online after images circulated of small children isolated from parents.

#children-and-childhood, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantines, #shanghai-china, #vaccination-and-immunization

Covid Outbreak at Shanghai Hospital Exposes Risks to China’s Seniors

Coronavirus infections have spread at an elder care facility in Shanghai. Workers said deaths are increasing and resources dwindling.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #elder-care, #elderly, #hospitals, #quarantines, #shanghai-china, #tests-medical

Shanghai’s Lockdown Tests Covid-Zero Policy, and People’s Limits

A staggered lockdown on China’s commercial capital of 26 million people has sent beleaguered residents scrambling and raised fears of broader damage to the economy.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hong-kong, #hospitals, #quarantines, #shanghai-china

Shanghai Imposes Staggered Lockdown, District by District

Unlike other Chinese cities, Shanghai had never before imposed a full-scale citywide lockdown, but the current measure comes close.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #politics-and-government, #shanghai-china

In Rare Rebuke, Chinese Denounce Russia’s War in Ukraine

A persistent minority of Chinese scholars, journalists and citizens is warning Beijing against the risks of supporting the invasion of Ukraine.

#china, #odessa-ukraine, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #shanghai-china, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #xi-jinping

Wave of Omicron Infections Prompts Lockdowns in China

After two years of largely containing coronavirus outbreaks, China’s “Covid zero” policies are being tested by the highly transmissible variant.

#apple-inc, #beijing-china, #changchun-china, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #dongguan-china, #guangzhou-china, #jilin-province-china, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines, #shanghai-china, #shenzhen-china, #zhang-wenhong-1969

Lockdowns Spread in China as Covid Cases Surge in Shanghai and Other Areas

Officials say that most of the recent cases are in people with no symptoms, but they are warning against complacency.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #shanghai-china, #shutdowns-institutional

China Holds the Line on ‘Zero Covid,’ but Some Wonder for How Long

More people are being caught up in the country’s virus-control dragnet. Some think the no-tolerance policy is unsustainable.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #shaanxi-province-china, #shanghai-china, #tianjin-china, #xian-china

China’s Scripted Homicides Become a Popular Pastime

“Scripted homicide” clubs have opened around the country as young people look for ways to escape and connect. Naturally, the government has questions.

#beijing-china, #chengdu-china, #china, #chinese-university-of-hong-kong-the, #organizations-societies-and-clubs, #shanghai-china, #taobao, #texas-state-university, #youth

In Shanghai, Teahouses Offer Both Community and Solitude

Historically, these spaces were akin to populist pubs. Modern-day iterations allow for an individual retreat — among strangers — in a city lacking privacy.

#china, #coffeehouses, #shanghai-china, #social-conditions-and-trends, #tea, #the-greats-2021

Furor in China Over Artwork Ranking Women by Their Looks

Critics called the piece, which shows thousands of unsuspecting college students, a misogynistic affront, eight years after it was on display in a different museum to little reaction.

#metoo-movement, #art, #china, #museums, #privacy, #sexual-harassment, #shanghai-china, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

Soho China Sells to Blackstone, Cementing Owners’ Exit

The husband-and-wife team atop Soho China had already been keeping a lower profile than they did during an earlier, freer era of the country’s economic revival. Now they are selling their real estate business to Blackstone.

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China Adds More Parks to Its Cities to Raise Quality of Life

A national push to build urban parks is transforming Chinese cities, as the country tries to improve the quality of daily life.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #building-construction, #china, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #real-estate-commercial, #shanghai-china, #urban-areas

China’s Outrage over Forced Labor Charges Targets H&M, Adidas and Nike

Major clothing brands that rely on the Chinese market are caught in a bind as Beijing and the West harden their stances on the crackdown on Xinjiang.

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Why Biden’s China Policy Faces an Obstacle in Germany

The city of Taicang illustrates the tight ties between the countries — and how difficult it could be for President Biden to win allies in his campaign to isolate Beijing.

#china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #factories-and-manufacturing, #foreign-investments, #germany, #international-trade-and-world-market, #shanghai-china, #swabia-germany

China’s Dr. Fauci Urges Restraint in Fighting Covid-19

Zhang Wenhong has drawn a huge public following with a human touch and candid advice that sometimes runs counter to the government’s authoritarian instincts.

#china, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #influenza, #polls-and-public-opinion, #shanghai-china, #zhang-wenhong-1969

Chinese Citizen Journalist Sentenced to 4 Years for Covid Reporting

Zhang Zhan, a former lawyer, is the first known person to be tried for challenging the Chinese government’s narrative about the coronavirus pandemic.

#censorship, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #politics-and-government, #shanghai-china, #wuhan-china

Ant Group Set to Raise $34 Billion in World’s Biggest I.P.O.

The Alibaba online finance spinoff, which offers people in China a one-stop shop for loans, investments and more, will list shares in Hong Kong and Shanghai.

#alibaba-group-holding-ltd, #alipay, #ant-financial-services-group, #china, #hong-kong, #initial-public-offerings, #shanghai-china, #stocks-and-bonds

Tesla Third-Quarter Auto Sales Surge

Tesla reported record deliveries in the third quarter as growing interest in electric vehicles and other cars boosted sales across the industry.

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Lotus Flower Plague-Repellent Pills and Other Gifts From China

Herbal formulas are also a potion for national cohesion.

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Elon Musk Lashes Out at Officials Keeping Tesla Plant Closed Over Virus

He says he’ll move the headquarters of his electric car company out of California to Texas or Nevada.

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New Studies Add to Evidence that Children May Transmit the Coronavirus

Experts said the new data suggest that cases could soar in many U.S. communities if schools reopen soon.

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Kicked Out of China

As the coronavirus escalated to a worldwide crisis, China expelled our journalists — and surveilled our correspondents to thwart their reporting before they left.

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