China offers Sri Lanka debt moratorium, IMF help still in doubt

China offers debt service relief in 2022, 2023 Sri Lanka sources unclear if China letter will be enough for IMF Broad agreement between IMF, China on Zambia could provide clues NEW DELHI/COLOMBO, Jan 24 (Reuters) – The Export-Import Bank of China has offered Sri Lanka a two-year moratorium on its debt and said it would … Read more

China plays down COVID outbreak with holiday rush at full tilt

Top official says COVID at ‘relatively low’ level Hospital, critical cases dropping, authorities say More than 2 bln trips expected over Lunar New Year Some fear travel season could see infections surge BEIJING, Jan 20 (Reuters) – People across China crowded into trains and buses for one of its busiest days of travel in years … Read more

China says critical COVID cases have peaked as holiday travel surges

Millions travel across the country for Lunar New Year President Xi says worried about elderly, rural areas Daily deaths could hit 36,000 next week, analysis shows Chinese drugmakers rush to make fever medicines BEIJING, Jan 19 (Reuters) – The number of COVID patients needing critical care in China’s hospitals has peaked, health authorities said on … Read more

Chinese who lost relatives to COVID angry at failure to protect elderly

BEIJING, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Former high school teacher Ailia was devastated when her 85-year-old father died after displaying COVID-like symptoms as the virus swept through their hometown in the southeastern province of Jiangxi. While her father was never tested, Ailia and her mother were both confirmed positive around the same time and she believes … Read more

China’s Xi frets about COVID in rural areas, sees ‘light ahead’

President Xi says he is worried about rural areas Half a million people now cross China’s borders per day China open to world – state leader tells World Economic Forum Some mourn relatives lost to COVID Medical workers rush to vaccinate the elderly BEIJING, Jan 18 (Reuters) – President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday he … Read more

Davos 2023: China reopens its doors with investment pitch to global elite

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 17 (Reuters) – China’s Vice-Premier Liu He welcomed foreign investment and declared his country open to the world on Tuesday after three years of pandemic isolation. Liu’s explicit pitch to global leaders gathered in Davos made it clear China wants international investors to play a key role in Beijing’s attempts to revive … Read more

In China, doctors say they are discouraged from citing COVID on death certificates

BEIJING, Jan 17 (Reuters) – During a busy shift at the height of Beijing’s COVID wave, a physician at a private hospital saw a printed notice in the emergency department: doctors should “try not to” write COVID-induced respiratory failure on death certificates. Instead, if the deceased had an underlying disease, that should be named as … Read more

Chinese city dwellers head to hometowns as holidays raise COVID stakes

Lunar New Year holidays officially start Jan. 21 More than 2 billion trips due in holiday season China axed anti-virus controls last month Thousands of COVID patients have died in the latest outbreak BEIJING, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Passengers laden with luggage flocked to rail stations in China’s megacities on Monday, heading to their hometowns … Read more

Iranian oil exports end 2022 at a high, despite no nuclear deal

LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Iranian oil exports hit new highs in the last two months of 2022 and are making a strong start to 2023 despite US sanctions, according to companies that track the flows, on higher shipments to China and Venezuela. Tehran’s oil exports have been limited since former US President Donald Trump … Read more

China reports huge rise in COVID-related deaths after data criticism

Nearly 60,000 COVID-related hospital deaths reported China has been criticized for under-reporting COVID deaths Official says emergency hospitalizations have peaked Travel recovering ahead of Lunar New Year holiday BEIJING, Jan 14 (Reuters) – China said on Saturday nearly 60,000 people with COVID-19 had died in hospital since it abandoned its zero-COVID policy last month, a … Read more