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China to allow limited U.S. passenger flights

Jun 04, 2020 - 12:05 PM

(UPDATED) China says it will now let foreign airlines operate one international route into the country each week, including American carriers which have been affected by a de facto ban

VIRUS IMPACT. A Delta Air Lines plane. Photo from Shutterstock

U.S. suspends flights by Chinese airlines in new spat with Beijing

Jun 03, 2020 - 11:10 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The move is triggered by China's failure to act on American carriers' requests to resume passenger service

AVIATION. A China Southern employee wears a face mask as she carries a model plane at Beijing Daxing International Airport on the eve of a 5-day national holiday on April 30, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Wuhan tests nearly 10 million people, finds only 300 infections

Jun 02, 2020 - 7:16 PM

More than 9.8 million people are tested in the city of 11 million people between May 14 and June 1, officials say, adding the 300 positive results were among asymptomatic patients

MORE TESTING. A medical worker takes a swab sample from an elderly resident who can't go out conveniently to be tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus at her home in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on May 14, 2020. File photo by AFP

Wuhan doctor at whistleblower's hospital dies from coronavirus

Jun 02, 2020 - 3:02 PM

Hu Weifeng, a urologist at Wuhan Central Hospital, dies on Friday, May 29, after being treated for COVID-19 and allied issues for more than 4 months

NURSES IN WUHAN. Nurses listen to speeches during a ceremony marking International Nurses Day, at Tongji Hospital in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on May 12, 2020. Photo by AFP

China factory activity slows as global slump drags on growth

May 31, 2020 - 4:00 PM

China's National Bureau of Statistics says foreign market demand is still shrinking as countries continue to combat the coronavirus pandemic

SLOWDOWN. A worker sews shoe parts at the Zhejiang Xuda Shoes Company factory in Wenzhou, China, on February 27, 2020. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

China to loosen flight restrictions after outcry from stranded citizens

May 27, 2020 - 9:45 PM

Starting June 2020, the number of permitted flights in China will nearly triple to 407 per week

TRAVEL LIMITS. Passengers, wearing protective face masks, walk at the arrival area of the Beijing Capital International Airport on January 31, 2020. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

China exporters look inwards as virus hits overseas markets

May 24, 2020 - 8:05 PM

As the coronavirus hits trade across the globe, exporters in China are forced to look to domestic markets after years of selling overseas

This photo taken on May 20, 2020, shows a worker assembling toy cars at the Mendiss toy factory in Shantou, southern China's Guangdong province. - Cancelled shipments, returned goods and a dearth of new orders have left China exporters in crisis as the coronavirus hits its trading partners worldwide -- accelerating a long-standing push towards domestic consumption. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY "CHINA-TRADE-EXPORTS" FOCUS by Beiyi SEOW

China 'open' to international effort to identify coronavirus source, says FM

May 24, 2020 - 5:20 PM

Foreign Minister Wang Yi also blasts what he called efforts by US politicians to 'fabricate rumors' about the pathogen's origins and 'stigmatize China'

LAB TEST. This photo taken on March 17, 2020 shows a laboratory technician working on testing samples from people to be tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus at a laboratory in Changzhou in China's eastern Jiangsu province. Photo by AFP

No annual growth target for virus-hit China, a first in years

May 22, 2020 - 2:35 PM

Given 'great uncertainty' caused by the coronavirus pandemic, China will not set a 2020 economic growth target but 'give priority to stabilizing employment and ensuring living standards'

NIGHT MARKET. This aerial photo shows people visiting a night market in Shenyang in China's northeastern Liaoning province on April 2, 2020. Photo by AFP

China moves to tighten grip on Hong Kong

May 22, 2020 - 11:30 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The most controversial move at the National People's Congress in China is a measure that would impose security legislation in Hong Kong

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivers his work report during the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 22, 2020. - China has made "major strategic achievements" in its response to the coronavirus outbreak, Premier Li Keqiang said at the opening of the National People's Congress on May 22. (Photo by Leo RAMIREZ / AFP)

China trade growth 'unsustainable' if virus not controlled – minister

May 20, 2020 - 2:15 PM

To drive economic growth, China will 'rapidly activate domestic demand' to make up for weakness in the international markets

TRADE. This aerial photo taken on April 14, 2020, shows containers stacked at a port in Lianyungang in China's eastern Jiangsu province. Photo by AFP

Haunted by coronavirus, China gears up for annual congress

May 20, 2020 - 11:32 AM

Beijing is now positioning itself as a success story and potential savior for the world, offering billions of dollars in aid to fight the virus

FLAG. China's President Xi Jinping applauds during the inauguration ceremony of Macau's new Chief Executive Ho Iat-seng as part of 20th anniversary handover celebrations, in Macau on December 20, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Scientists in China believe new drug can stop pandemic 'without vaccine'

May 20, 2020 - 9:56 AM

A drug being tested by scientists at China's prestigious Peking University could not only shorten the recovery time for those infected, but even offer short-term immunity from the virus, researchers say

TESTING. This picture taken on May 14, 2020 shows a researcher at Peking University's Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Genomics conducting tests at their laboratory in Beijing. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Xi defends China's virus response, offers vaccine when ready

May 18, 2020 - 7:30 PM

(UPDATED) President Xi Jinping also tells the World Health Assembly that China will provide $2 billion in global COVID-19 aid over two years

CHINA'S PLEDGE. This video grab taken on May 18, 2020, from the website of the World Health Organization shows Chinese President Xi Jinping delivering a speech via video link at the opening of the World Health Assembly virtual meeting from the WHO headquarters in Geneva, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus. AFP PHOTO/WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION

Top China expert warns of potential second coronavirus wave

May 17, 2020 - 10:01 PM

Zhong Nanshan, the public face of government's response to the pandemic, says the second wave may happen due to a lack of immunity among the population

Police officers (L) secure an area as people wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus walk on a street in Beijing on May 4, 2020. (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP)

China industrial output sees shock growth but consumers stay wary

May 15, 2020 - 1:00 PM

The 3.9% rise in industrial production in April 2020 is taken as a sign that China is bouncing back. Retail sales, however, drop 7.5%.

MANUFACTURING. Employees work on a battery production line at a factory in Huaibei in China's eastern Anhui province on March 30, 2020. Photo by AFP

Fresh test for Wuhan as cluster sparks mass virus screening

May 14, 2020 - 11:24 PM

Lines of socially distanced people form at makeshift testing sites set up under tents in parking lots, parks, and residential communities in the metropolis of 11 million people

TESTING. A medical worker takes a swab sample from an elderly resident who can't go out conveniently to be tested for COVID-19 at her home in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on May 14, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP

German firms plan charter flight to send staff back to China

May 13, 2020 - 10:35 PM

The aim is to help companies bring back 'urgently required personnel' to China, possibly as soon as May 25

FIRST EPICENTER. A general view shows buildings in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province, on April 7, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Chinese city in partial lockdown over 'major risk' of virus spread

May 13, 2020 - 3:14 PM

Jilin, with a population of more than 4 million, suspends bus services and say it will only allow residents to leave the city if they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the past 48 hours

A medical staff member takes a swab sample from a child to test for the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Jian in China's central Jiangxi province on May 13, 2020. STR / AFP

China exempts more U.S. goods from tariffs as virus hits economy

May 12, 2020 - 10:00 PM

The list of goods includes medical disinfectant, rare-earth metal ores, and some silicon wafers used in the electronics industry

TARIFFS SUSPENDED. Containers are shown at the foreign trade container terminal in Qingdao, in China's eastern Shandong province, on November 21, 2019. File photo by AFP

Wuhan to test entire population after new virus cluster – state media

May 12, 2020 - 6:23 PM

The planned tests come after Wuhan reported the first cluster of new COVID-19 infections since the city reopened after a 76-day lockdown on April 8

CHECK. A worker wearing a face mask checks passengers body temperatures and a health code on their phones before they take a taxi after arriving at Hankou railway station in Wuhan, China's central Hubei province on May 12, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

China cuts Australian beef imports after warning against virus probe

May 12, 2020 - 3:55 PM

(UPDATED) Tensions between China and Australia continue to rise after the latter called for an independent investigation into the origin of the coronavirus outbreak

A display of Australian beef sits in a butchers shop in the Melbourne suburb of Yarraville on May 12, 2020. - China suspended imports from four major Australian beef suppliers May 12, just weeks after Beijing's ambassador warned of a consumer boycott in retaliation for Canberra's push to probe the origins of the coronavirus. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

China factory prices plunge as virus hammers demand

May 12, 2020 - 3:35 PM

China's producer price index – which reflects what factories charge wholesalers – drops in April 2020

Employees work on a truck production line at a factory in Zhangjiakou in China's northern Hebei province on May 12, 2020. - China's factory-gate prices fell to a four-year low, official data showed on May 12, with firms suffering from the economic devastation unleashed by the coronavirus on the global economy. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

China's ground zero reports coronavirus infections

May 11, 2020 - 11:08 AM

(UPDATED) The cases add to fears China could be facing a new wave of infections, even as restrictions continue to ease in some other parts of the country

ESCAPE. People wearing protective clothing and masks arrive at Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan, to board one of the first trains leaving the city in China's central Hubei province early on April 8, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

China's Wuhan reports first coronavirus infection in over a month

May 10, 2020 - 9:17 PM

China's National Health Commission also reports the first double-digit increase in countrywide cases in nearly 10 days

FRONTLINE. In this photo, medical staff wearing protective clothing to protect against the deadly novel coronavirus as they work at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan on January 25, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

China admits coronavirus exposed 'shortcomings' in healthcare system

May 09, 2020 - 11:36 PM

'The novel coronavirus outbreak was a big test that revealed China still has shortcomings in its major epidemic prevention and control system,' says China's deputy health director

COVID IN CHINA. This photo taken on April 25, 2020 shows medical workers wearing protective gear looking for close contacts with patients that tested positive on nucleic acid tests for the COVID-19 coronavirus in Suifenhe in China's northeastern Heilongjiang province. Photo by STR / AFP


China supports WHO-led review of global pandemic response

May 08, 2020 - 8:39 PM

The comments from foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying come as China faces increasing global pressure to allow an international investigation into the origins of the pandemic

PROBE? Police officers (L) secure an area as people wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus walk on a street in Beijing on May 4, 2020. File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

China exports see surprise 3.5% jump in April, imports fall

May 07, 2020 - 4:25 PM

An analyst says China's exports of medical supplies provided a boost. But weakness may be ahead as key trading partners fall into recession.

THRIVING BUSINESS. Workers produce face masks for export at a factory in Lianyungang in China's eastern Jiangsu province on March 26, 2020. Photo by AFP

The Wuhan lab at the heart of the U.S.-China virus spat

May 06, 2020 - 8:23 PM

Here are some key questions about the Wuhan Institute of Virology

WUHAN LAB. An aerial view shows the P4 laboratory (C) at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on April 17, 2020. File photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

In schools and offices, China steps up coronavirus tests

May 01, 2020 - 11:42 AM

E-commerce titans Alibaba and JD have facilitated nucleic acid tests for individuals at a number of designated places...for prices ranging between 200 yuan ($28) and 260 yuan ($36)

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Help wanted: Jobless China workers await relief

Apr 30, 2020 - 6:00 PM

At this point, no one expects mass worker unrest in tightly controlled China, but joblessness is soaring due to the coronavirus pandemic

Men wearing face masks wait in an employment agency for a car to take them to their new job that they got in an employment agency in Shanghai on April 28, 2020. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)

China's airlines, oil firms post big Q1 2020 virus losses

Apr 30, 2020 - 3:00 PM

China Southern Airlines, China Eastern, and Air China post combined losses of nearly $2 billion in January-March 2020

A China Southern employee wears a face mask amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus as she carries a model plane at Beijing Daxing Airport on the eve of a five-day national holiday on April 30, 2020. - China's big state-controlled airlines and oil firms said they suffered deep losses during the first quarter, when the country was at the height of its coronavirus battle, and warned of further pain to come. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

Chinese factory activity slows in face of global pandemic

Apr 30, 2020 - 1:00 PM

While daily life slowly gets back to normal in China, its crucial markets in the United States and Europe remain virtually shut down

This photo taken on April 29, 2020 shows workers producing baby carriages at a factory in Handan in China's northern Hebei province. - Chinese factory activity continued to expand in April, data showed on April 30, but analysts warned that the outlook remained clouded by battered overseas demand as the rest of the world struggles to overcome the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

Back to school in China as lockdowns start to ease worldwide

Apr 27, 2020 - 4:43 PM

Leaders and experts around the world remain divided on how quickly to revive shuttered economies while maintaining a delicate balance between freedom and safety

BACK TO SCHOOL. An official in a hazmat suit waits inside a high school entrance as a student arrives in Beijing on April 27, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

China seizes over 89 million shoddy face masks

Apr 26, 2020 - 8:09 PM

The tighter rules come after several countries were forced to recall hundreds of thousands of shoddy masks and pieces of protective gear imported from China

Workers produce face masks for export at a factory in Lianyungang in China's eastern Jiangsu province on March 26, 2020. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

Beijing bans 'uncivilized' behavior to improve public hygiene

Apr 26, 2020 - 7:32 PM

Fines for littering, spitting and defecation in public were upped to a maximum of 200 yuan ($28)

A park employee (R), seen wearing goggles and face mask, walks in a park in Beijing on March 14, 2020. - China reported 11 new infections of the coronavirus on March 14, and for the first time since the start of the epidemic the majority of them were imported cases from overseas. (Photo by WANG ZHAO / AFP)

Pompeo says China may have known of virus in November

Apr 24, 2020 - 5:56 PM

China hits back, saying US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's remarks are 'totally groundless and entirely for the purpose of blaming others'

ON CHINA. In this file photo, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a press briefing at the State Department in Washington, DC, on April 22, 2020. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/Pool/AFP

Flickers of joy in China's virus ground zero mask deep fears

Apr 21, 2020 - 2:28 PM

While new infections have dwindled as Wuhan recovers, fear of asymptomatic carriers and cases re-imported from overseas has stopped the city from fully letting down its guard

WUHAN BRIDE. A bride, poses for a wedding photographer next to East Lake in Wuhan, China's central Hubei province on April 19, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

China rejects Australia's call for probe into virus response

Apr 20, 2020 - 8:44 PM

'Any question about China's transparency in the prevention and control of epidemic situation is not in line with facts,' Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says

DISINFECTING. Staff members spray disinfectant in the compounds of a school as it prepares to reopen after the term opening was delayed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, in Handan in China's northern Hebei province on April 20, 2020. Photo by AFP

China suffers historic contraction as virus paralyzes economy

Apr 17, 2020 - 6:00 PM

China's gross domestic product falls 6.8% in January-March 2020, marking the first contraction since the government began logging quarterly performance in the early 1990s

People wear masks amid concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus as they walk outside a shopping mall in Beijing on April 17, 2020. - China's economy shrank for the first time in decades last quarter as the coronavirus paralysed the country, in a historic blow to the Communist Party's pledge of continued prosperity in return for unquestioned political power. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

China revises up Wuhan death toll as U.S. plots reopening

Apr 17, 2020 - 1:41 PM

(UPDATED) The Wuhan government adds 1,290 deaths to its COVID-19 tally. This brings the total number of deaths in the city to 3,869.

SWAB TEST. Medical workers are seen as they take swab samples from people to be tested for the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China's central Hubei province on April 16, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Wuhan's 'wet markets' struggle after coronavirus lockdown

Apr 16, 2020 - 11:59 AM

'There's no question, we're doomed this year,' says spice seller Yang

REOPENED. This photo taken on April 15, 2020 shows a vendor wearing a face mask while sitting next to a pool with fish at the Wuhan Baishazhou Market in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

China approves trials for two more coronavirus vaccines

Apr 15, 2020 - 4:04 PM

China now has 3 different clinical trials for 3 possible coronavirus vaccines in the works

A Chinese scientist works at a laboratory at the MIGAL Research Institute in Kiryat Shmona in the upper Galilee in northern Israel on March 1, 2020 where efforts are underway to produce a vaccine against the COVID-19 coronavirus adapted from another for infectious bronchitis virus. JALAA MAREY / AFP

Anger in Africa over coronavirus 'stigma' in China

Apr 15, 2020 - 1:26 PM

Around 20 African countries are drawing up a joint letter to Beijing to say that mass virus tests and quarantines imposed specifically on Africans amount to 'racism'

LITTLE AFRICA. This file photo taken on March 2, 2018 shows people gathering on a street in the 'Little Africa' district in Guangzhou, the capital of southern China's Guangdong province. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

China foreign trade drops as pandemic drags outlook

Apr 14, 2020 - 6:20 PM

An analyst warns that 'the worst is still to come for China's export sector' as the coronavirus ravages its trading partners

This aerial photo taken on April 14, 2020 shows containers stacked at a port in Lianyungang in China's eastern Jiangsu province. - China's foreign trade fell again in March even as businesses returned to work after the coronavirus outbreak, with the global pandemic weighing on the manufacturing powerhouse's outlook. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

Fearful of virus return, Beijing turns into virtual fortress

Apr 14, 2020 - 11:47 AM

Beijing imposes a strict 14-day quarantine on people arriving from other parts of China, regardless of whether they test negative for COVID-19

CO-WORKERS. A group of company employees wearing face masks sit outside an office building in Beijing on April 10, 2020. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Rising unemployment from virus fight threatens China's poverty targets

Apr 12, 2020 - 10:35 PM

Analysts say China could lose around 18 million jobs in the export sector due to the coronavirus pandemic

A general view shows buildings in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on April 7, 2020. - Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the coronavirus first emerged last year, partly reopened on March 28 after more than two months of near total isolation for its population of 11 million. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)

African community targeted in China virus crackdown

Apr 11, 2020 - 8:10 PM

Several Africans say they are forcibly evicted from their homes and turned away by hotels

CHINA RESPONSE. Medical staff put on protective equipment before attending to COVID-19 coronavirus patients at the Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on March 16, 2020. Photo by STR / AFP

China inflation slows as lockdowns ease

Apr 10, 2020 - 6:15 PM

China's inflation rate eases in March 2020 due to weak oil prices and suppressed demand caused by drastic coronavirus measures

WUHAN. A general view of a road in Wuhan, China's central Hubei province on March 28, 2020, after travel restrictions into the city were eased following two months of lockdown due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Wuhan virus lockdown over, but lingering fears slow recovery

Apr 09, 2020 - 6:54 PM

Residents need to show they have a "healthy" rating on a mandatory phone app to leave their homes, use public transport, or enter most public spaces

REOPENED. A general view shows buildings in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on April 7, 2020. Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the coronavirus first emerged last year, partly reopened on March 28 after more than two months of near total isolation for its population of 11 million. Photo by Hector Retamal / AFP