Chaguan – A diarist in Wuhan faces fury for sharing her story with the West | China

Apr 16th 2020 Editor’s note: The Economist is making some of its most important coverage of the covid-19 pandemic freely available to readers of The Economist Today, our daily newsletter. To receive it, register here. For our coronavirus tracker and more coverage, see our hub CLUMSY DESPOTS use fear and coercion to keep foreign ideas […]

The arrest of Charles Lieber – An American chemist is suspected of illegal dealings with China | Science and technology

Feb 1st 2020 NEW YORK IN 2013 CHARLES LIEBER, a pioneer of nanoscience who is now the chairman of Harvard University’s chemistry department, visited the Wuhan University of Technology (WUT), in China, to celebrate the founding of a lab he was credited by that university with helping to establish and oversee: the WUT-Harvard Joint Nano […]

Under observation – A weak health-care system complicates China’s coronavirus battle | China

Feb 6th 2020 BEIJING THE DOCTORS who examined Rana Zhou’s parents decided that the couple had probably caught the coronavirus which has been sweeping their home city, Wuhan, and spreading globally. But they said they did not have enough test kits to be sure. Instead of finding them beds in a hospital, officials in their […]

Coronavirus Live Updates: Death Toll in China Overtakes SARS

Few details about the American, who died in Wuhan on Thursday, were immediately available. The embassy said the person was 60 years old. Two people familiar with the matter said the person was a woman and had underlying health conditions. It was not clear whether the person had tried to leave Wuhan on any of […]

Mourning for a medic – Li Wenliang’s death is a new crisis for China’s rulers | China

Sympathy for the doctor who sounded the alarm over coronavirus is mixed with anger at the government Feb 7th 2020 BEIJING “IF YOU KEEP being stubborn, fail to repent and continue illegal activities, you will be brought to justice.” So read the warning that police in Wuhan issued to Li Wenliang early in January. Mr […]

Widespread Outcry in China Over Death of Coronavirus Doctor

They posted videos of the Les Misérables song “Do You Hear the People Sing.” They invoked article No. 35 of China’s Constitution, which stipulates freedom of speech. They tweeted a phrase from “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” The Chinese public has staged what amounts to an online revolt after the death of a doctor, Li […]

Chaguan – China’s rulers see the coronavirus as a chance to tighten their grip | China

Feb 8th 2020 ASKED TO CRAFT a metaphor for all that the world admires and fears about modern China, a novelist could hardly improve on the coronavirus hospitals now rising, at fantastic speeds, in disease-stricken cities. Start with admiration. These construction sites are a fine example of decisive Communist Party action. Work had been under […]

Coronavirus Live Updates: Offers of Help Go Unanswered by China as Death Toll Rises Again

Royal Caribbean bars passengers from China. The cruise company Royal Caribbean announced Friday that it had barred all guests holding Chinese, Hong Kong or Macau passports from boarding its ships. A coronavirus screening had already led Royal Caribbean to delay a cruise ship scheduled to leave New Jersey on Friday. In its statement announcing the […]

‘Wartime Conditions’: China Plans Tougher Steps in Locked-Down Wuhan

WUHAN, China — Comparing the struggle to contain the new coronavirus to mobilization for war, the Chinese authorities announced plans on Thursday to force a growing number of desperate residents into quarantine in overflowing hospitals or makeshift shelters with limited medical equipment. Sun Chunlan, a vice premier responsible for leading the response to the outbreak, […]

Chaguan – China’s rulers see every crisis as a chance to tighten their grip | China

Feb 8th 2020 ASKED TO CRAFT a metaphor for all that the world admires and fears about modern China, a novelist could hardly improve on the coronavirus hospitals now rising, at fantastic speeds, in disease-stricken cities. Start with admiration. These construction sites are a fine example of decisive Communist Party action. Work had been under […]

China to Cut Tariffs on $75 Billion of U.S. Goods

BEIJING—China said it would slash tariffs on $75 billion of U.S. imports in half as part of its efforts to implement a recently signed trade agreement with Washington. Beginning Feb. 14, China will cut tariffs on some U.S. goods to 5% from 10%, while levies on some other items will be reduced to 2.5% from […]

Coronavirus Live Updates: Deaths in China Rise, With No Sign of Slowdown

As deaths approach 500, no sign of a slowdown in China. The death toll from the monthlong coronavirus outbreak has continued to climb in China, rising to 490. New cases have surged by double-digit percentages in the past 11 days, with no sign of a slowdown. More people have now died in this epidemic than […]

Destination’s journey – For a conservative city, Beijing has a remarkable gay nightlife | China

Oct 24th 2019 BEIJING BY DAY EDMUND YANG is an accountant at a multinational firm. At night he can sometimes be found quietly sipping a cocktail at Destination, his club-cum-cultural centre. On China’s most popular navigation app, Baidu Maps, the venue is listed as a “comrade bar”. That does not mean it is a watering […]

Coronavirus Cases Rise Above 20,000 in China as Hong Kong Reports First Death

Macau moved to shut its casinos and China injected more cash into its banking system on Tuesday, as the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus rose above 20,000 and Hong Kong reported its first death from the quickly spreading pathogen. Gambling center Macau, whose casinos rack up revenues that are more than six times […]

Beijing Sees ‘Major Test’ as Doors to China Close and Coronavirus Deaths Surpass SARS

China’s Communist Party leadership called the month-old coronavirus epidemic a “major test” on Monday as other nations escalated efforts to isolate China, unnerving China’s stock market, depressing global oil prices and raising new anxiety about the world’s most populous country. The growing global move to effectively cut off China’s 1.4 billion people came as government […]

Chaguan – Some thank Zhou Enlai for saving China from Mao’s excesses | China

Oct 24th 2019 CHINA’S GRANDEST music academy this month unveiled a full-length, Western-style opera about Zhou Enlai. The puzzle is that it took this long. Opera is arguably the only art form big enough to capture the contradictions of this brilliant moral failure of a man, Mao Zedong’s prime minister for over a quarter century. […]