China: Protests erupt over COVID curbs after deadly fire | Coronavirus pandemic News

Urumqi residents angered after blaze killed 10 in a residential building under lockdown due to China’s zero-COVID policy. A fire that killed 10 people in China’s Xinjiang region has sparked anger at the zero-COVID policy as Beijing faces increasing public disapproval over its hardline approach to stopping the spread of the coronavirus. On Thursday night, … Read more

Deadly Xinjiang fire stirs anger at China’s zero-COVID policy

BEIJING: A deadly fire in China’s northwest Xinjiang region has spurred an outpouring of anger at the country’s zero-covid policyas Beijing fights growing public fatigue over its hardline approach to containing the coronavirus. Ten people were killed and nine injured when the blaze ripped through a residential building in the regional capital Urumqi on Thursday … Read more

Apple has a huge problem with its supplier’s iPhone factory in China

Hong Kong CNN Business — A violent workers’ revolt at the world’s largest iPhone factory this week in central China is further scrambling Apple’s strained supply and highlighting how the country’s stringent zero-Covid policy is hurting global technology firms. The troubles started last month when workers left the factory campus in Zhengzhou, the capital of … Read more

US bans Chinese telecom devices, citing ‘national security’ | Telecommunications News

US Federal Communications Commission decision includes devices from Huawei, ZTE and other manufacturers. The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced it is banning telecommunications and video surveillance equipment from prominent Chinese brands, including Huawei and ZTE, citing an “unacceptable risk to national security”. The five-member FCC said on Friday it had voted unanimously … Read more

China’s planned national digital health code system raises concerns over state surveillance

Beijing’s plans to develop an integrated online health platform featuring the digital health records of every resident have sparked concerns about intensified state surveillance. China’s National Health Commission announced last week that each resident would be given a “fully functional digital health code”. It’s part of a five-year National Health Informatization Plan to “digitise national … Read more

The dismissal of the Covid lab leak theory shows the perils of scientists turning into campaigners

It’s time to talk about the lab leak theory. Actually, it’s well past time. Much of the world may be trying to move on and forget the coronavirus, but there are still major unanswered questions about how it all began. And with every new piece of information divulged by the authorities, we seem to discover … Read more

China’s capital city Beijing battles Covid with more apartment lockdowns

Covid restrictions have tightened in Beijing while infections keep soaring, prompting lockdowns of communities. Jade Gao | Afp | Getty Images BEIJING — China’s capital city is grinding to a near standstill as Covid controls the spread. More and more apartment compounds in Beijing on Friday forbade residents from leaving for at least a few … Read more

A Covid-like virus is discovered lurking in bats in southern China

A Covid-like virus discovered lurking in bats in southern China is one of five with the potential to jump to humans, scientists say. The virus, known as BtSY2, is closely related to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid, and is ‘at particular risk for emergence’. It’s one of five ‘viruses of concern’ found in bats … Read more

China zero-Covid: As anger rises and tragedies mount, Beijing shows no sign of budging

A version of this story appeared in CNN’s Meanwhile in China newsletter, a three-times-a-week update exploring what you need to know about the country’s rise and how it impacts the world. Sign up here. Beijing CNN — Zhou, an auto dealer in northeastern Chinalast saw his father alive in a video chat on the afternoon … Read more

Nexperia and Elmos cases show how the US-China chip war is spilling over to Europe

Hong Kong CNN Business — Two European chip deals have run into trouble over their links with China, a sign of concern spreading in the West over potential Chinese control of critical infrastructure. Last week, the new owner of Britain’s biggest chipmaker was ordered to unwind its takeoverjust days after another chip factory sale was … Read more