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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...
China’s Foreign Minister Meets With Ukrainian Counterpart as Russian Offensive Continues
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke with his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, in a phone call on April 4, as reported by Reuters.  The meeting, which Beijing said was made at Ukraine's request, was the...
As COVID-19 and Washington put pressure on China’s semiconductor supply chain, Beijing’s semiconductor firms are determined to continue operating.
China Faces Potential Disruptions to Semiconductor Industry, Ignores Biden Administration Warnings
Since late March, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has faced potential risks to its semiconductor industry as COVID-19 and political tensions with the West threaten its capabilities.  Despite the lockdowns and political repercussions, China’s top...
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Currently Under Investigation, China’s Former Justice Minister Fu Zhenghua Is Officially Expelled From Posts
Chinese state media Xinhua on March 31 announced the expulsion of Fu Zhenghua, the country’s retired Minister of Justice and a former high-ranking police official, from his posts in the government and Communist Party. The...
As communist China threatens to invade Taiwan, some see Japan as a stronger ally than the U.S.
Taiwanese Public Trust Japan Over Biden-Led US Against Chinese Invasion
In a two-day poll conducted on Mar. 14, roughly 40 percent of the people in Taiwan believe that Japan is a more likely ally than the U.S. against a possible Chinese invasion. As Russia’s invasion...
Solomon Islands Confirms Security Draft with China, Alarming Neighbors in Pacific Region: Leaked Files
The Solomon Islands reveals it is in talks with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to draft a security deal with the world’s second largest economy — a move that has triggered alarms in neighboring...
As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, unreliable media reports make it unclear how many civilians are caught in the crossfire.
Unreliable Media Coverage Clouds Impact On Civilians in Russo-Ukrainian War
Russia’s military operations in Ukraine have persisted for a month and accounts of civilian casualties and struggles have naturally emerged. However, between inaccurate media coverage and the unreliability of the Internet, there is no clear...
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US State Department Enacts Visa Ban on Chinese Officials Involved in Religious Persecution
The U.S. State Department has announced the imposition of travel bans on Chinese officials due to their involvement in “repressive acts,” “transnational repression,” and crackdowns on freedom of speech and religious minorities in the People’s...
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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...