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# China

Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# respiratory illness
North Korea locks down capital over 'respiratory illness', report says
Residents of Pyongyang have been ordered to stay in their homes
Last month
January 2023
# Gearing Up
Ireland set for first-ever meeting with China as World Cup preparations continue
The game will take place in Marbella next month.
# Population
China records first population decline in decades
China has long been the world’s most populous nation, but is expected to soon be overtaken by India.
# China
China reports almost 60,000 Covid-related deaths in a month
China has been widely accused of underreporting its number of coronavirus fatalities since the abandonment of its zero-Covid policy.
# China
China ends quarantine for overseas travellers
Beijing last month began a dramatic dismantling of a strategy that had enforced mandatory quarantines and lockdowns.
# beef exports
Irish beef exports to China resume after being suspended in 2020 due to pathogen
Shipments to China were suspended when a case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or Mad Cow Disease, was discovered.
# China
China insists Covid data 'transparent' after WHO criticism
China has seen a steep rise in infections.
# Flights
EU members “strongly encouraged” to demand pre-flight Covid tests on passengers from China
China has already vehemently rejected such actions and has warned of ‘countermeasures’ if such policies were to be imposed across the bloc.
# China
China slams 'unacceptable' Covid curbs on travellers from its territory
China’s steep rise in infections comes after Beijing abruptly lifted years of hardline restrictions last month.
# Covid-19
Canada and Australia impose Covid rules on travellers from China
China is battling a nationwide outbreak of coronavirus after abruptly easing restrictions that had been in place for much of the pandemic.
Last year
2022
# China
China's leader Xi Jinping says country is on the ‘right side of history’ in New Year's address
Speaking on national television, Xi largely avoided directly addressing issues confronting the country.
# China
WHO holds 'high-level meeting' with Chinese officials to discuss Covid-19 surge
It comes after Britain joined France and Spain in requiring that travellers arriving from China show a negative Covid test.
# Air Force
US says Chinese fighter jet could have caused air collision
US Indo-Pacific Command said the Chinese Navy J-11 flew in front of and within six metres of the nose of a US reconnaissance plane.
# China
EU health agency says China traveller screening 'unjustified' in bloc
Hospitals across China have been overwhelmed by an explosion of infections following Beijing’s decision to abandon its zero-covid policy.
# Coronavirus
US to require negative Covid tests for travelers from China after country's sudden Covid pivot
The United States says China is not sharing enough information about the surge in coronavirus cases there.
# China
Explainer: What's happening with Covid-19 in China?
The country has abandoned its harsh zero-covid approach, but an explosion of cases has prompted concerns about the outbreak spreading to other countries.
Chinese city seeing half a million Covid cases a day, says official
A health official was quoted in a local news outlet said Qindao was seeing up to 530,000 new cased a day.
# lockdown over
WHO concerned over China Covid cases but country claims no new deaths
Beijing last week admitted the scale of the outbreak has become ‘impossible’ to track
# Covid-19
Covid cases soar in China after sudden easing of harsh lockdowns
The United States has warned the outbreak is now of concern to the rest of the world.
# Summit
US defence chief warns African leaders China and Russia are 'destabilising' continent
Today marks the start of a three-day US-Africa summit.
# Covid-19
China expands hospital facilities and ICUs amid Covid surge
Beijing recently eased anti-virus controls that confined millions of people to their homes, crushed economic growth and triggered protests.
# Hong Kong
Hong Kong pro-democracy tycoon Jimmy Lai jailed for over five years on fraud charge
It is the latest of a series of cases against prominent activists that critics say are aimed at crushing dissent in the city.
# restrictions
China announces nationwide loosening of Covid restrictions following protests
Anger over China’s zero-Covid policy stoked unrest not seen since the 1989 pro-democracy protests.
Voices
Opinion: China's zero-covid policy tightens its perfect dictatorship
Human rights lawyer and professor Teng Biao looks at the recent protests in China and asks if it’s the beginning of a new wave of resistance.
# Space Exploration
Chinese astronauts return to Earth after six-month mission
The capsule carrying the trio touched down at a landing site in the Gobi Desert in northern China.
# zero covid
China eases Covid curbs with some cities no longer requiring negative tests for public transport
The transport restrictions in Shenzhen and Beijing were eased.
# No Go
Formula One cancels 2023 Chinese Grand Prix due to Covid-19 restrictions
The race in Shanghai was due to take place on 16 April.
# Beijing
China further relaxes Covid rules after protests
Several cities have begun loosening restrictions such as moving away from daily mass testing requirements.
# Covid-19
China signals zero-Covid relaxation after protests
Anger over China’s zero-Covid policy has sparked protests in major cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
# China
Jiang Zemin, who led China after Tiananmen Square crackdown, dies aged 96.
The former Communist Party leader helped oversee the Chinese economic boom.
# Protests
Fresh clashes in south China over Covid lockdowns as authorities warn of 'crackdown'
Anger over China’s zero-Covid policies has been the trigger for the protests.
# China
China cities under heavy policing after protests as authorities accelerate push to vaccinate elderly
Several protests were planned for last night but did not materialise.
'Zero-covid' protests are spreading in China but why is the country persisting with the policy?
China the only major country still pursuing zero covid, a policy that includes snap lockdowns and lengthy quarantines.
# China
Chinese police arrest protestors and BBC journalist as anti-lockdown protests erupt
Large crowds gathered in Shanghai to protest
# China
Hundreds take to streets in China as opposition to government's zero-Covid policy mounts
China is the last major economy wedded to a zero-Covid strategy.
# China
Xinjiang loosens some restrictions after protests erupt over zero-Covid lockdown
China is the only major country in the world that still is fighting the pandemic through mass testing and lockdowns.
# pandemic
China expands lockdowns as Covid-19 cases hit daily record
Officials in the government of Zhengzhou have declared a ‘war of annihilation’ against the virus.
# Frustration
Maskless World Cup scenes spark anger in China
Driven by the fast-spreading Omicron variant, daily cases in the country hit 29,157 on Wednesday.
# RIP
At least 38 killed in fire at industrial wholesaler in central China
Two other people were injured.
# g20 in bali
Presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping agree that nuclear weapons should never be used
The pair held their first face-to-face talks since Biden took office.