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‘Zero-COVID’ Lockdown in Shanghai Compounds Xi’s Political Dilemma
News analysis Over the past two years, cities and entirely provinces in China implemented economically and socially destructive “zero-COVID” lockdowns and other control measures to squash the virus. Shanghai, however, stuck to a milder “precise...
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China’s Reaction to Biden-Xi Call Exposes Its Fear of International Pressure Amid Russia-Ukraine War
News analysis At a glance, the March 18 video call between U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Ukraine and other matters was a non-event. Official meeting readouts showed that both sides...
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3 Key Takeaways From China’s ‘Two Sessions’ Meetings This Year
News analysis Delegates of the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) rubber-stamp legislature and political advisory body met in Beijing for the annual “Two Sessions” meetings in March. At the week-long meetings of the National People’s...
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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to Step Down Amid Xi’s Struggle for a Third Term This Fall
Li Keqiang, premier of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), will be leaving office after completing his legal maximum of two terms early next year, as reported by various outlets.  The premier, who also serves...
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Is China the Real Winner of the Russia-Ukraine War?
News analysis  Early in the morning of Feb. 24, the Russian Federation launched a “special military operation” on multiple fronts across Ukraine, escalating a frozen conflict that began in 2014 to a full-scale invasion. The...
Nature’s Masterpieces: ‘First Scientifically Credible’ Count of Tree Species Worldwide
By Sellainne Cathry Ten years ago, Jingjing Liang, Professor of quantitative forest ecology at Purdue University in Indiana, US, became inspired by data on Alaska’s trees that he found sitting in a drawer. So he...
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Russian Invasion of Ukraine Casts an Ominous Shadow Over Taiwan
Example set by Moscow puts pressure on Chinese communist leaders to make good on ‘reunification’ promise News analysis On Feb. 24, nine aircraft of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) air force approached Taiwan from...
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In Leaked Recording, Elite Chinese Scholar Laments Crippling Dysfunction of Communist Regime
News analysis In early February, a leaked audio recording featuring former Harvard–Yenching Institute scholar Huang Wansheng’s candid take on a range of sensitive topics at a private gathering in January started circulating on the internet. ...
A daily or weekly dose of Vitamin D has multiple benefits, including boosting the immune system and staving off COVID-19, according to a recent publication.
Vitamin D Effective for COVID-19: Meta-Analysis
On Jan. 17, the Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy journal conclusively found that COVID-19 patients supplemented with vitamin D “demonstrate fewer rates of ICU [intensive care unit] admission, mortality events, and RT-PCR positivity.” Contributors to...