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    Chinese leader Xi Jinping chaired a meeting of the Chinese Communist Party on Thursday in which he appeared to warn members against questioning the Party’s draconian “zero tolerance” policy toward the Chinese coronavirus, which has seen Shanghai and Beijing endure punishing lockdowns in recent days, Xinhua News Agency reported. “The meeting stressed the importance of unswervingly adhering to the dynamic zero-COVID [Chinese coronavirus] policy and resolutely fighting any attempts to distort, question or dismiss China’s anti-COVID [Chinese coronavirus] policy,” Xinhua, which is China’s official state-run press agency, reported on May 5. The meeting was comprised specifically of “the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee [and] was chaired by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee,” according to Xinhua. Xi Jinping not only presided over the summit but also “delivered an important speech” during the assembly, indicating his voice provided the guiding thread for the meeting’s overarching message, as relayed by Xinhua. An observer of China’s ruling Communist Party named David Bandurski, who also serves as a co-director of the...
    Residents of Shanghai who were fenced into their homes by Communist officials as part of China's draconian Zero Covid policy have staged a break out, video posted to social media showed today.   The clip shows the metal fences built along a residential street to trap homeowners indoors have been brought down. Shared via state-approved messaging service WeChat, the video from financial district Pudong was reportedly captioned: 'Actions speak louder than words.' Covid cases are still rising in China as the ruling Communist bureaucracy attempts to stick to its Zero Covid policy designed to eliminate the virus - despite experts' warnings that the Omicron variant makes it impossible to contain cases with lockdowns.    Shanghai recorded about 15,000 cases on Thursday, accounting for the vast majority nationwide, despite weeks of the world's strictest lockdown measures.  And millions more Chinese citizens are set to be subjected to draconian Covid restrictions as the sprawling capital Beijing prepares to go into lockdown  President Xi reaffirmed his commitment to a "zero-COVID" policy on Friday, putting China at odds with much of the world. While many countries...
    As the COVID-19 cases in Shanghai rise, horrifying videos have gone viral of China’s pandemic prevention workers torturing and killing residents’ pets. Source: news.com.au/Youtube Shanghai is China’s largest city with 26 million residents, and they have been in a strict lockdown since early April. There have been many protests, and people are angry as they are stuck in lockdown and their animals are being taken away. Pandemic workers are taking animals away that they believe could have COVID-19, enraging Shanghai citizens. They are removing any pets who are showing symptoms because they believe that the pet could then give it to their owner. Being publicly-funded gives us a greater chance to continue providing you with high-quality content.Click here to Support Us Pets from people getting tested positive for covid are being collected to be killed in #Shanghai #China.#CCP is evil. pic.twitter.com/jc2P5K2f5W — Germs of Woke CCP (@GermsofCCP) April 10, 2022 Shocking videos from Shanghai went viral of family pets stuffed in mesh bags in the street. The poor animals were taken away from their families and...
    BEIJING (AP) — A health official says 4 million more people in Shanghai have been allowed to leave their homes as anti-coronavirus quarantine rules ease. The official, Wang Ganyu, said Wednesday a total of almost 12 million people are allowed to leave their homes as China’s most populous city tries to contain virus outbreaks. Authorities imposed rules that confined most of Shanghai’s 25 million people to their homes starting March 28 following a surge in infections. China’s case numbers in its latest infection surge are relatively low, but the ruling Communist Party is enforcing a “zero-COVID” strategy that has shut down major cities to isolate every case. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    BEIJING (AP) — Shanghai allows 4 million more people out of their homes as virus restrictions ease. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Shanghai (CNN)The distant echo of a megaphone blares most mornings from the narrow laneway where I live in Shanghai, summoning me and my neighbors from our homes for our mandatory Covid test.Mask on and cell phone in hand, I step outside before the volunteers in hazmat suits have time to knock. If you miss the call, they'll keep knocking until someone answers. No one is exempt.This massive city of 25 million people is at the center of China's efforts to stamp out the country's largest ever Covid outbreak. No one is allowed to leave their residential compounds, even to buy food, meaning we rely on the government or private delivery drivers stretched thin by the massive demand. That's creating huge pressure on the system -- and for many people, the restrictions are more distressing than the threat of the virus. CNN's David Culver takes a regular Covid test during lockdown in Shanghai, China.Outside my apartment, hazmat-suited community workers lead me and my neighbors in a socially distanced procession past our locked front gate, the only time I'm allowed out of...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Chinese club Shanghai Port has been forced by the city’s COVID-19 lockdown to withdraw from the Asian Champions League, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on Monday. Due to travel restrictions in the city, which has experienced record levels of infection in recent weeks, Port was unable to make the trip to Thailand for six Group J games. It’s first game was scheduled to be on Saturday against Vissel Kobe of Japan. “The AFC acknowledged the travel restrictions faced by Shanghai Port FC as a result of the recent lockdown measures enforced in Shanghai,” the AFC said in a statement. Port will not be replaced in its group, which leaves Kobe, Kitchee of Hong Kong and Chiangrai United of Thailand competing to reach the second round. Port, a semifinalist in 2017, is the second Chinese team to pull out of the competition after Changchun Yatai withdrew last month. No official reason was given for that decision but, according to local reports, Changchun was concerned about the financial costs involved in overseas travel. Shandong...
    The horrifying moment that a health worker in Shanghai chased down a pet corgi and beat it to death with a shovel because its owner was infected with Covid. Video shows a Covid prevention worker, who is wearing a full PPE suit, chasing the small dog down a street in the residential area in the Pudong district of the city. The corgi is seen trying to hide behind a car but the health worker lunges forward and hits the dog three times with a large shovel. The pet is then seen lying motionless on the street. Footage of the attack has gone viral on Weibo and sparked outrage amongst locals, who are growing frustrated of the harsh lockdown conditions that are leading to shortages of food and basic necessities.   Photos show the corgi running after a bus that is said to be taking its owner to an isolation centre for quarantine after they tested positive for Covid. The dog was then beaten to death by the health worker, with its body later placed in a yellow bag. The corgi's owner...
    Chinese Communist Party authorities have seemingly prioritized microchips over hungry citizens this week, according to two reports published by the state-run Global Times on Tuesday, which reveal the Party ensured semiconductor production continued unabated in Shanghai during its latest lockdown to contain the Chinese coronavirus while simultaneously failing to provide sufficient food to residents of northeastern China’s Changchun city during its own lockdown. Local Communist Party officials in Shanghai have ordered some semiconductor factory workers to live inside microchip foundries since mid-March, the Global Times revealed on March 29. The Party issued the extraordinary edict in an effort to allow semiconductor fabrication plants to continue normal operations while also complying with the city’s strict lockdown orders. “Many chip companies in Shanghai’s Zhangjiang High-tech Park are running under a closed-off procedure by having employees work and stay in the factory campus so as to ensure production,” the newspaper detailed on Tuesday. “An employee from a local navigation chip company in Zhangjiang said that several engineers have been living in the company for around two weeks, aiming to keep operations as normal as possible,”...
    China appears to be losing the battle to contain COVID-19, but it’s not yet ready to admit defeat. Facing the worst national outbreak since the first wave of the pandemic, authorities have introduced lockdown restrictions in cities across the country, with production lines falling idle in the tech hub of Shenzhen and offices shuttered in the financial capital Shanghai. Under President Xi Jinping, the Chinese government has stuck to a strict zero-COVID policy since the virus emerged in Wuhan in late 2019, locking down entire cities whenever cases emerge and using mass testing and strict quarantining to bring local outbreaks under control. But Chinese virologists say the arrival of the Omicron variant and its new “stealth” subvariant—both of which appear to evade China’s Sinovac vaccine—could leave that policy in tatters. For those in the Americas or Europe, the case numbers reported from China still seem pretty small: authorities confirmed 1,337 new locally transmitted cases in mainland China on Monday. By contrast, the U.K. is currently seeing more than 200,000 cases a day, according to the main COVID tracker. But...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)China's largest telecom company has received the green light to raise billions of dollars for its 5G ambitions by listing shares in Shanghai, months after it was kicked out of New York.China Mobile said late Monday in a filing with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, where it also trades, that it had received approval from the China Securities Regulatory Commission to move ahead with the share sale. It's not clear yet how much money China Mobile will raise. It said in the filing that it needs to conduct "preliminary price consultations" this week. But the total — which the company wants to use to help it ramp up its 5G capabilities, among other things — could be in the billions of dollars. In a statement on Tuesday, the company said it plans to issue 845.7 million shares. Based on the stock's closing price in Hong Kong on Monday, that would place the raise at 39.16 billion yuan ($5 billion). Read MoreUS adds a dozen Chinese companies to its trade blacklistIn August, China Mobile filed a preliminary prospectus...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)Tesla is still trying to get back on China's good side.An executive at the electric carmaker told Chinese authorities this week that Tesla will store any data it collects in China within the country's borders, Chinese state media reported Tuesday night.The remarks from Grace Tao Lin, vice president for external affairs at Tesla China, follow recent reports in several media outlets that the country's military had banned Tesla (TSLA) vehicles from its complexes over concerns that onboard cameras could be used for spying. The company has also faced criticism recently for a series of problems involving its cars. In February, Tesla was summoned by regulators to answer questions about the quality of its Shanghai-made vehicles.Beijing has made preventing the abuse of customer data a key part of its broader crackdown on tech companies operating in China. The government's campaign this week extended to Ant Group, the Alibaba-affiliated financial tech firm that promised to "strengthen the protection of personal information" following a Beijing-ordered overhaul of its operations.Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been trying to reassure China that his...
    United Airlines announced plans to start nonstop service to China four times weekly between San Francisco and Shanghai, starting on October 21. The four weekly flights from San Francisco International Airport to Shanghai Pudong International Airport will operate with Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Travelers flying back to the United States from China will return on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, with tickets for all flights available for purchase on United’s official website.More From TravelPulse Innovative Ways Airports and Airlines Are Handling COVID-19 Pandemic COVID-19 October Travel Restrictions: Latest Quarantine Rules for US States 10 Caribbean Destinations Where Travelers Don’t Need to Quarantine 16 Popular Travel Destinations Open to Americans This Fall Top Travel Offers for October 2020 “United continues playing a critical role in keeping people and global supply chains connected to Shanghai and to cities around the world,” United vice president Patrick Quayle said. “We look forward to resuming nonstop service and offering our customers greater convenience and shorter flight times between San Francisco and Shanghai.” In addition, United will no longer be required to stop in...
    A man visits Sogou booth on day one of the 2019 China Digital Entertainment Expo & Conference (ChinaJoy) at Shanghai New International Expo Center on August 2, 2019 in Shanghai, China.VCG | Visual China Group | Getty Images Shares of New York-listed Chinese search engine Sogou popped 48% on Monday after Tencent proposed to take the firm private. Tencent, one of China's biggest technology firms, already owns approximately 39.2% of the total issued and outstanding shares and 52.3% of the total voting power of Sogou. Tencent has proposed $9 in cash per American depositary share (ADS) that it does not already own. That is a premium of around 56.5% to the $5.75 closing price of Sogou's ADSs on July 24. Sogou's shares rallied to close at $8.51 on Monday after the Tencent offer, valuing the firm at $3.31 billion.  Sohu, the parent company of Sogou, said its board of directors has "not yet had an opportunity to review and evaluate the Proposal in detail, or to make any determination as to how to respond to the Proposal or as to whether or not the...
    HULK has long been known for living up to his name but the Brazilian forward is looking extra bulky after lockdown. In training for Shanghai SIPG's delayed start to the season, the 33-year-old showed off his huge shoulder and arm muscles. 4Hulk is looking in tip-top condition ahead of his final year with Shanghai SIPGCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4The Brazilian, real name Givanildo Vieira de Sousa, also sported a new do in trainingCredit: Getty Images - Getty During lockdown, Hulk, who recently made headlines for marrying his ex-wife's niece, has clearly spent plenty of time with his weights set and, evidently, is yet to visit a barbers. Fans were also left agasp at the winger's flowing locks that are a far cry from his usual short back and sides. Shanghai's season gets underway on July 25 after the schedule was devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. However it is set to be Hulk's last in China after he vowed to consider a return to Europe with a Champions League team. He told Globoesporte: "My contract ends in December. We already...
    Social distancing and masks may become commonplace in offices when coronavirus lockdowns ease.Miodrag Ignjatovic | Getty Images What will it be like to go back to the office when countries start to loosen their lockdowns? Before the coronavirus pandemic hit, Tuomas Peltoniemi was used to traveling to China, Japan and Australia for up to 100 days a year in his role as executive vice-president and managing director for the Asia-Pacific region at ad agency R/GA. But since lockdowns started during the Lunar New Year in January, he's been based in his family home in Singapore. And since March, when R/GA's Shanghai office re-opened (complete with temperature checks, hand sanitizer, masks and extra cleaning), Peltoniemi has been devising plans for how some of the company's other employees can go back to their regular workplaces for when shelter-in-place restrictions are lifted. "I'm looking at it more from a perspective of, you know, what is truly and genuinely the role of the office space? ... What are the expectations from people from working from an office space and working from wherever they choose...
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