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China enters Hollywood with a trick of TikTok

The growing international popularity of short-video app TikTok increasingly raised concerns due to ownership control based in China. But its quest for global domination now comes with new clout: Kevin Mayer, a former top executive at Disney, was recruited to run it. His job will no doubt involve having to defend the company to US lawmakers

China shows what post-pandemic life is like

whether you believe it or not. “Normal life is a distant dream” reads the New York Times headline on the story about the end of the 76-day lockdown of the coronavirus epicentre of Wuhan, amid masks everywhere. Movement requires a green symbol on a surveillance-based smartphone. And there are fears of a major relapse, even after daily COVID-19 deaths allegedly touched zero.

A week of news about China against the world

The outbreak of COVID-19 provided much insight into the workings of Chinese propaganda efforts on social media. Questions are also being raised about faulty coronavirus tests now being exported to Europe. Beijing has seemed to back off spinning conspiracy theories, which only contributed to a legacy of disinformation.

The truth and lies about life after COVID-19

The concept of “mask diplomacy” has arisen as COVID-19 spreads around the world: Chinese leader Xi Jinping has boasted of building a “Health Silk Road” around the globe—and billionaire Jack Ma joined in by sending medical supplies to Africa. But even as the original lockdown is lifted in Wuhan, a new doubt is lingering about the numbers

The coronavirus saga gone way beyond China

After a few days without new coronavirus cases in Beijing, reports of office work returning to normal in the capital city offset the fears sinking in elsewhere on the planet. Wuhan-based industries were also green-lit to resume operations, following a visit to the virus epicentre by Chinese leader Xi Jinping

The China Letter: February 27, 2020

VICE compiled a review of reported incidents of China probing social media for posts about the outbreak of COVID-19, and then tracking down dissenters. Expert observers note how more of it came after president Xi Jinping’s first public comments on the coronavirus on January 20. The effects have seemingly spread to news outlets.

The China Letter: February 19, 2020

Experts are predicting the coronavirus will cost the U.S. travel industry more than $10 billion over the next four years, 38 per cent of S&P 500 member earnings calls in 2020 cited its effect, Apple’s stock had 34 per cent shaved off its stock market value after the tech giant warned of its impact, and the Chinese restaurants struggle all around.

The China Letter: February 5, 2020

The first patients of Wuhan Huoshenshan Hospital were admitted on Monday, 10 days after construction began on the 1,000-bed facility designed for coronavirus patients. Chinese state media promoted the fast turnaround, which was based on experience

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