China eases anti-COVID measures following protests

China eases anti-COVID measures following protests

BEIJING (AP) — China rolled back rules on isolating people with COVID-19 and dropped virus test requirements for some public places Wednesday in a dramatic change to a strategy that confined millions of people to their homes and sparked protests and demands for President Xi Jinping to resign. China has enforced some of the world’s … Read more

Here’s who is on Time’s 2022 Person of the Year shortlist

Time magazine has revealed the shortlist for its 2022 Person of the Year, with plans to name the winner on Wednesday. The next Person of the Year will be revealed exclusively to NBC’s “Today” show, which also obtained a copy of the shortlist. The magazine has awarded the honorary title since 1927, last year giving … Read more

China’s Xi has met with more than 25 world leaders in about a month

China’s President Xi Jinping attends a session during the G20 Summit on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on November 16, 2022. Willy Kurniawan Afp | Getty Images BEIJING — A month after consolidating power at home, Chinese President Xi Jinping has stepped out onto the world stage to strengthen relations with the US and … Read more

Here’s who is on Time’s 2022 Person of the Year shortlist

Time magazine has revealed the shortlist for its 2022 Person of the Year, with plans to name the winner on Wednesday. The next Person of the Year will be revealed exclusively to NBC’s “Today” show, which also obtained a copy of the shortlist. The magazine has awarded the honorary title since 1927, last year giving … Read more

Four Chinese tell why they’re protesting Xi, zero-COVID policy

All week, China has been rocked by protests against President Xi Jinping and the Communist Party’s extremism “zero-COVID” policies, which have forced many to stay at home for months, possibly leading to the deaths of 10 people trapped in an apartment building fire on Nov. 24. I asked friends in China — using encrypted apps … Read more

At Shanghai vigil, bold shout for change preceded crackdown

SHANGHAI (AP) — The mourners in Shanghai lit candles and placed flowers. Someone scrawled “Urumqi, 11.24, Rest in Peace” in red on cardboard — referring to the deadly apartment fire in China’s western city of Urumqi that sparked anger over perceptions the country’s strict COVID-19 measures played a role in the disaster. What started as … Read more

China eases virus controls amid effort to head off protests

BEIJING (AP) — More Chinese cities eased anti-virus restrictions and police patrolled their streets Thursday as the government tried to defuse public anger over some of the world’s most stringent COVID measures and head off more protests.. Following weekend demonstrations at which some crowds made the politically explosive demand that leader Xi Jinping resign, the … Read more

Jiang Zemin, who guided China’s economic rise, dies

BEIJING (AP) — Jiang Zemin, who led China out of isolation after the army crushed the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests in 1989 and supported economic reforms that led to a decade of explosive growth, died Wednesday. He was 96. Jiang, who was president for a decade until 2003 and led the ruling Communist Party for … Read more

China vows to ‘resolutely crack down’ as protests continue

China threatened to “resolutely crack down” on “hostile forces” as historic protests continued overnight — including wild street battles with riot cops clad in hazmat suits. Communist Party leaders gave the ominous warning without directly mentioning the nationwide rallies, the largest show of dissent in the 33 years since protests in Tiananmen Square ended in … Read more

White House treads carefully as protests unfold in China as the US tries to mend relations with Beijing

Washington CNN — As frustrated demonstrators take to the streets across China to protest the government’s draconian Covid-19 restrictions – prompting rare civil unrest and clashes between the public and officials – the Biden White House is choosing its words carefully and deliberately. Top US officials who have been closely monitoring the unrest in China … Read more