China: Daily Scan, April 29, 2022
Kota Mallikarjuna Gupta, Research Associate, VIF
Land-sea trade corridor connects 107 countries, regions: Xinhuanet
April 27, 2022

The New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor, a trade and logistics passage, has expanded its reach to 315 ports in 107 countries and regions, according to the municipal government of southwest China's Chongqing. The corridor is jointly built by Singapore and provincial-level regions of western China, with Chongqing as its center of operations. Click here to read...

Digitalization helps more people in China discover joy of reading: Xinhuanet
April 27, 2022

Cheng Zhiwu, a 70-year-old from central China's Hubei Province, has downloaded some 600 digital books on a reading App on his tablet computer. "I've found so much joy in reading or listening to digital books as a way to keep up with the times and enrich my golden years," said Chen, adding that he spends some four to five hours a day on the reading App. Click here to read...

Cooperation center for China-Pacific Island countries climate change launched: Xinhuanet
April 28, 2022

A cooperation center for China and Pacific Island countries on climate change was launched Thursday in east China's Shandong Province. Jointly built by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, and Shandong Province, the center is located in Shandong's Liaocheng City, according to the foreign affairs office of the provincial government of Shandong. Click here to read...

Chinese vice FM defends China-Solomon Islands security agreement: Xinhuanet
April 28, 2022

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng on Thursday defended the signing of the inter-governmental framework agreement on security cooperation between China and Solomon Islands as a right of two sovereign states. Click here to read...

China urges "crisis maker" U.S. to clarify bio-military activities: Xinhuanet
April 29, 2022

A Chinese defense spokesperson on Thursday called the United States the true creator of bio-crises and urged the country to clarify its bio-military activities. Noting that biological weapons are weapons of mass destruction, Tan Kefei, a spokesperson for China's Ministry of National Defense, said that the recently uncovered bio-military activities conducted by the United States in violation of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) have become a source of concern for members of the international community, including China. Click here to read...

China to temporarily adjust coal tariffs to zero: Xinhuanet
April 28, 2022

China will impose provisional zero tariffs on coal imports from May to secure energy supply, an official statement said Thursday. According to the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council, over the next 11 months, starting May 1, seven types of coal products including coking coal and brown coal will enjoy zero tariffs. Click here to read...

Beijing green-lights pilot operation of vehicles with unmanned driver's seat: Xinhuanet
April 28, 2022

Beijing on Thursday became the first Chinese city to green-light the pilot commercial operation of self-driving passenger vehicles without anyone in the driver's seat. With safety supervisors in the front passenger seat, the first batch of 14 driverless cars received approval to hit the road under pilot commercial operation. Click here to read...

China launches learning app for middle, primary school students: Xinhuanet
April 28, 2022

China has launched a mobile app to provide middle and primary school students with more convenient ways to study online amid COVID-19 resurgence, according to the Ministry of Education. Click here to read...

Chinese mainland reports 5,646 new local COVID-19 cases, 5,487 in Shanghai: Xinhuanet
April 29, 2022

The Chinese mainland on Thursday reported 5,646 locally transmitted confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which 5,487 were in Shanghai, according to the National Health Commission's report Friday. Click here to read...

Shanghai new COVID-19 cases: 5,487 confirmed, 9,545 asymptomatic: Xinhuanet
April 29, 2022

China's Shanghai reported 5,487 confirmed locally transmitted COVID-19 cases and 9,545 local asymptomatic carriers on Thursday, the municipal health commission said Friday. Of the newly confirmed cases, 5,062 had previously been reported as asymptomatic carriers, the commission said in a statement. Click here to read...

South China airport cancels flights amid COVID-19 outbreak: Xinhuanet
April 28, 2022

Baiyun airport in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province, has announced the cancellation of domestic passenger flights following the discovery of more COVID-19 cases. Click here to read...

Shanghai requires enterprises to pay employees during COVID-19 quarantine: Xinhuanet
April 28, 2022

Shanghai on Thursday issued a guideline stating that enterprises should pay wages to their employees who cannot work normally due to COVID-19 quarantines. According to the document released by the municipal human resources and social security bureau, enterprises are banned from terminating labor contracts when employees are placed in quarantine for treatment or are under medical observation, or they cannot work normally due to other emergency measures implemented by the government. Click here to read...

East China city orders routine nucleic acid testing for COVID-19: Xinhuanet
April 28, 2022

The eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou on Thursday ordered routine nucleic acid testing for local residents as it strives to cut off transmission of the highly contagious omicron variant of COVID-19. Click here to read...

Beijing schools to start holiday one day earlier over COVID-19: Xinhuanet
April 28, 2022

All primary and secondary schools, kindergartens and secondary vocational schools in Beijing will start the May Day holiday one day ahead of schedule due to the COVID-19 epidemic, local authorities said Thursday. Click here to read...

Shanghai enhances capacity to handle epidemic-related waste: Xinhuanet

April 28, 2022

Shanghai has expanded its capacity to dispose of epidemic-related waste to over 1,400 tonnes daily at present, from 300 tonnes per day before the latest round of COVID-19 resurgence started in March, according to the municipal bureau of ecology and environment. Click here to read...

HKSAR chief executive stresses staying vigilant in fighting COVID-19: Xinhunaet
April 29, 2022

Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam on Thursday stressed that the HKSAR government will not let its guard down in fighting COVID-19 despite dwindling infections in the global financial hub. Click here to read...

Just-concluded online Canton Fair enjoys great popularity: Quishi
April 29, 2022

The online Canton Fair, which is hailed as the "barometer" and "wind vane" of China's foreign trade, has built a unique economic and trade bridge for Chinese and foreign exhibitors and buyers. Click here to read...

China, Oman vow to promote strategic partnership, military cooperation: China Military
April 29, 2022

Senior officials from China and Oman pledged on Thursday to further promote their strategic partnership and boost military cooperation. They made the pledge during a meeting between Omani Deputy Prime Minister for Defense Affairs Sayyid Shihab bin Tarik Al Said and visiting Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe in Muscat, capital of Oman. Click here to read...

U.S. should return to rational, pragmatic policy toward China: People’s Daily
April 29, 2022

As the spillovers of the Ukraine crisis continue to spread, the international situation is increasingly complex and grave. The U.S., the instigator of the crisis, has neither reflected on its mistakes nor done its duty for world peace and security by trying all means to promote a ceasefire and peace talks. Click here to read...

Flights canceled in Guangzhou after workers test positive for coronavirus: China Daily
April 28, 2022

All domestic flights to and from the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport before noon on Thursday have been canceled and a portion of the flights will be carried out in the afternoon after some workers at the airport tested abnormally against the coronavirus on Wednesday. Click here to read...

Beijing health code app attacked by hackers: China Daily
April 28, 2022

Beijing Jiankangbao, a mobile-based app used to check health codes and provide nucleic acid testing results during the COVID-19 epidemic, has been attacked by overseas hackers according to Wei Bin, an official from the capital’s municipal government. Click here to read...

Beijing approves nation's first driverless robotaxi permits: China Daily
April 29, 2022

Beijing granted China's first autonomous driving permits to two robotaxi operators-Baidu Inc and Pony.ai-on Thursday that for the first time allows the removal of a safety operator from the driver's seat on public roads in the capital. Click here to read...

International Forum on People-to-People Exchange and Academic Cultural Season of Confucius Institute held in Peking University: Global Times
April 28, 2022

On April 25, 2022, "The International Forum on People-to-People Exchange and Academic Cultural Season of Confucius Institute, Peking University," co-hosted by the Office of Confucius Institute, the Institute for Global Cooperation and Understanding (iGCU), and the Office of Global Communication was officially launched at the Moonlight Hall of the Overseas Exchange Center at Peking University. Click here to read...X

Guangzhou launches mass nucleic acid testing in three districts after four infections discovered: Global Times
April 28, 2022

Guangzhou in South China's Guangdong Province launched mass nucleic acid testing in three districts on Thursday after discovering three confirmed cases and a silent virus carrier at the Baiyun International Airport on the same day. Click here to read...

Pakistan urged to fix counter-terror shield for all Chinese projects and personnel, especially during political reshuffle: Global Times
April 28, 2022

After claiming responsibility for the terror attack that struck the Confucius Institute within the University of Karachi on Tuesday and killed three Chinese teachers and a Pakistani driver, the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), a militant separatist group, warned China of more deadly attacks, and Chinese experts urged the Pakistani government to take immediate and firm actions on protecting Chinese nationals and projects and to strengthen counter-terrorism efforts. Click here to read...

More than 12 mln in Shanghai can leave homes as COVID risk ebbs: Reuters
April 29, 2022

As many as 12.38 million Shanghai residents, nearly half the population of China's financial hub, are now in lower-risk areas, meaning they can leave their homes, the government said on Friday. Shanghai, battling China's biggest ever COVID-19 outbreak, put the entire city into lockdown at the beginning of the month, though it has cautiously lifted some restrictions on residential areas that have gone two weeks without a positive case. Click here to read...

One case sees Guangzhou mass test and cancel flights: Taipei Times
April 29, 2022

The Chinese megacity of Guangzhou yesterday canceled hundreds of flights and launched mass testing of 5.6 million people after one suspected COVID-19 case, while Beijing closed some public spaces and stepped up checks at others, as most of the capital’s 22 million residents turned up for more mass testing aimed at averting a Shanghai-like lockdown. Click here to read...

Beijing called on to let Morrison Lee leave China: Taipei Times
April 29, 2022

An international human rights group has called on Beijing to release Morrison Lee, a Taiwanese who served a 22-month prison sentence for spying in China, but since his release last year has been prevented from leaving the country. Beijing’s refusal to allow Lee to depart contravenes China’s domestic laws and international treaty obligations, Safeguard Defenders wrote in a news release on Wednesday. Click here to read...

Liao Guoxun, mayor of China’s port city Tianjin, dead at 59: South China Morning Post
April 29, 2022

Liao Guoxun, mayor of the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin, has died after a sudden illness, according to the municipality’s Communist Party newspaper. He was 59.
Tianjin Daily said on its WeChat account on Thursday that Liao, who was also the city’s deputy party chief, had died a day earlier, without elaborating on the cause of death.
He was last seen in public on Monday, along with Tianjin party chief Li Hongzhong and other officials at a meeting about curbing pollution. According to video clips of the event broadcast on Tianjin TV, Liao appeared to be in good health. Click here to read...

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