Tag Archives: China

This afternoon.

Shanghai, China.

Shanghai officials will over the next few days further restrict access to food and hospitals in some parts of the city, the most severe phase of its extended lockdown yet.

Via BBC:

Commercial food deliveries are not allowed and access to hospitals for all but emergencies must first be approved.

Neighbours of Covid-19 cases and others living close by are also being forced into government quarantine facilities.

Shanghai is now in its seventh week of city-wide restrictions.

Despite the tougher measures, Shanghai officials insist that people living in half the city’s districts are now free to leave their homes and walk around.

State media has shown propaganda videos of departing medical workers visiting city landmarks together and taking photographs.

Shanghai moves to impose tightest restrictions yet (BBC)

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The head of the World Health Organization has said China’s zero-tolerance Covid-19 policy is not sustainable given what is known of the disease, in rare public comments by the UN agency on a government’s handling of the virus.

“We don’t think that it is sustainable considering the behaviour of the virus,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a media briefing.

WHO chief says China’s zero-Covid policy not ‘sustainable’ (RTE)

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Snap.

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison (right) and his Solomons Islands counterpart Manasseh Sogavare exchange gifts in 2019

Gulp.

Last night/this morning.

Australia defends Solomon Islands ties as row over China escalates (BBC)

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This morning.

Shanghai, China.

Shanghai is preparing to ease its lockdown over the city’s 25 million people.

Via The Guardian:

Major companies including Tesla and Volkswagen are among 666 firms told they could restart production this week, under closed-loop management. A memo reportedly circulated at Tesla told employees they would have to sleep at the factory, with the company providing each with a sleeping bag and mattress, daily meals and a stipend.

Drone footage taken by Chinese media appeared to show Tesla employees arriving at the factory on Tuesday with luggage, and several people moving the frame of a Tesla car around the site. Volkswagen, which restarted production at its Changchun factories after restrictions there eased, said it was still studying the feasibility of resuming production in Shanghai, Reuters reported.

Shanghai prepares to ease Covid lockdown as factories reopen (The Guardian)

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Yesterday.

MSNBC’s “Reports” with Andrea Mitchell.

Dr Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden, said:

“China has a number of problems, two of which are that the complete lockdown, which was their approach, a strictest lockdown you’d never be able to implement in the United States. Although that prevents the spread of infection, I remember early on they were saying, and I think accurately, they were doing better than anyone else.

You use lockdowns to get people vaccinated so that when you open up, you won’t have a surge of infections.

“Because you’re dealing with an immunologically naive population of the virus because they’ve not been exposed because of the lockdown.

Also, they have a lot of their older population, which are the most vulnerable among us, and so, there’s a double negative there. One, they don’t have people who are protected, and B, the people who need it most, are not getting the vaccination. That’s the source of the problem in China.”

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Yikes.

Good grief.

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Last night/this morning.

Shanghai, China.

Via Al Jazeera:

Shanghai has eased a punishing citywide lockdown that it imposed to break a surge in cases that is the biggest test of China’s two-year strategy to stamp out the disease wherever it appears.

Authorities in Shanghai introduced the three-tier disease control system, allowing residents in areas where no cases have been reported for 14 days to leave their homes so long as they follow health protocols and remain in their sub-district.

Those living in areas where no cases have been confirmed for seven days are allowed to collect food deliveries or take a walk at a designated time and location.

Shanghai tweaks lockdown rules amid COVID-19 surge (Al Jazeera)

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Yesterday.

US Senate, Washington DC.

Republican Senatror Chuck Grassley gave his second speech on US President Joe Biden’s son Hunter’s financial dealings with the Chinese Communist Party.

On Monday, Grassley revealed the CCP gave Hunter Biden $100,000 and that James Biden (Joe Biden’s brother) received hundreds of thousands of dollars from companies linked to the Chinese Government.

Part 1 here.

Sens. Grassley, Johnson allege $100,000 payment from Chinese oligarchs to Hunter Biden, provide receipt (Fox News)

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Previously: Saving Joe

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Yikes.

Two years.

At least they’ve ratcheted down the fear since then…

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This afternoon.

Over to you, China…

…ah.

Official Chinese state telly this afternoon calls on the US to open the fake labs that don’t exist or contain bio weapons.

To the Chinese Embassy!

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Yikes.

UCD President Andrew Deeks addresses the 11th Confucius Institute Conference in China in 2016, where he was presented with with the “Medal of the Individual Performance Excellence Award” for his work as chair of the UCD Confucius Institute

This morning.

Via Irish Times:

Comments from University College Dublin (UCD) president Andrew Deeks, that concerns about a controversial Chinese institute on its campus were “misguided”, have been described as “worrying” by senior academics.

In a recent message to staff, Prof Deeks defended the hosting of a Chinese government-backed Confucius Institute by the south Dublin university.

Academics in UCD’s school of politics previously criticised the fact the institute was permitted to teach a class on Chinese politics to UCD students, given China’s human rights record.

*cough*

UCD academics criticise president’s defence of Beijing-linked institute (irish Times)

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…this morning.

Via UCD professor Diarmaid Ferriter:

What is worrying and disappointing is how far the president of University Cocllege Dublin, Andrew Deeks, went this week in disparaging understandable concerns by some of his colleagues about the Confucius Institute in UCD. In an email to staff he said: “The UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland is a credit to the University and to everyone involved, including the successive Irish governments that have supported it, and something the whole UCD community should be proud of.”

He went further, however, lacerating those who have dared to challenge the appropriateness of the CI’s agenda: “I have been disappointed by some of the misguided commentary about the UCD Confucius Institute and the UCD Institute for Chinese Studies which has appeared. I would like to remind colleagues of the UCD values of integrity, collegiality, engagement and diversity . . . I have been particularly disturbed by implicit suggestions that the political loyalties of some colleagues can be inferred from their ethnicity, given our ongoing campaign against racism.”

I have never heard or read criticism of any individual associated with the CI that is based on ethnicity. The concerns are not about specific staff members but academic freedom and independence.

Let us not forget that two years ago proposed changes to UCDs academic freedom policy to allow for “divergent approaches” to that freedom due to the desire to drum up business with China and other countries was withdrawn because it was robustly challenged by staff.

Diarmaid Ferriter: UCD Confucius Institute not above criticism (irish Times)

Yesterday.

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach held a video phone call with three-time Olympian Peng Shuai amid a wave of global concern about Peng’s wellbeing and whereabouts.

Via CNN:

Since Friday evening, a steady stream of photos and videos purporting to show a smiling Peng going about her life in Beijing have surfaced on Twitter — all posted by individuals working for Chinese government-controlled media and the state sport system, on a platform blocked in China.

The apparent propaganda push was followed Sunday by a video call between Peng and International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach, during which the three-time Olympian insisted she is “safe and well, living at her home in Beijing” and “would like to have her privacy respected,” according to a statement from the IOC.

The flurry of “proof of life” videos came amid a firestorm of global concern for Peng, who disappeared from the public eye for more than two weeks after taking to social media to accuse former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of coercing her into sex at his home — an explosive and politically sensitive allegation that triggered blanket censorship in China.

Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai has finally appeared in public. But here’s why the worries aren’t going away (CNN)

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