Tag: China

NYT writer says world is suffering because Xi govt delayed announcing Wuhan virus outbreak

A New York Times opinion piece by Nicholas Kristof on Jan 29, entitled "Coronavirus Spreads, And The World Pays For China’s Dictatorship", has accused President Xi Jinping of using his authoritarian leadership to control information, rather than stop an epidemic. The writer claims there was a delay in the...

China virus fears prompt homemade barricades and online shaming

by Jing Xuan TENG Villages and apartment complexes across China are taking the fight against a deadly viral epidemic into their own hands with improvised barricades and the online shaming of potentially-infected strangers. The government has taken drastic measures to contain the spread of 2019-nCoV since...

Stranded in Wuhan: foreigners raise call for help in virus epicentre

by Hector RETAMAL / with Dene CHEN in Bangkok Pregnant, newly wed and now trapped at the Chinese epicentre of a global health crisis, Thai national Aphinya is among thousands of foreigners desperate to escape -- and watching helplessly as the US and Japan fly...

Chinese billionaire Jack Ma to donate 100 million yuan to help find Wuhan coronavirus vaccine

Singapore—Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba and one of the richest men in China, has vowed to donate 100 million yuan (S$19.6 million) to help find a vaccine. This is in addition to a previous financial pledge from Alibaba for medical supplies to the...

US House votes to warn China against meddling in Dalai Lama succession

The US House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to authorize sanctions against Chinese officials who interfere in the process of determining the Dalai Lama's successor, raising pressure as the Tibetan spiritual leader approaches 85. Under the legislation, Washington would freeze any US assets and ban...

AFP Fact Check: Novel coronavirus breeds global false claims

A deadly coronavirus outbreak, which has infected thousands and spread around the world since emerging in China, has also spawned many false claims on social media. Here's a selection of misinformation debunked by AFP's Fact Check service. Sydney food not contaminated In Australia, multiple Facebook posts shared...

China shuts down: The measures taken to curb a virus

China has enacted extraordinary measures to contain the spread of a new coronavirus that has killed more than 130 people, infected thousands and reached some 15 countries. Here is a rundown of the steps taken so far in an unprecedented effort: Millions under lockdown More than 56...

Coronavirus: countries evacuate citizens from China

Thousands of foreigners are among millions of people stuck in the central Chinese city of Wuhan as the country struggles to get to grips with the spread of a SARS-like virus which has claimed 106 lives nationwide. These are the plans so far by foreign...

China virus death toll tops 100 as contagion spreads abroad

by Leo RAMIREZ China on Tuesday urged its citizens to postpone foreign travel to curb a viral outbreak that has killed 106 people, as the first cases of human-to-human contagion were detected abroad. While a host of nations prepared to airlift their citizens from the epicentre of...

Wuhan virus continues to spread: fifth case in Singapore confirmed

Singapore—Concerns over the novel coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, a city in Hubei, central China, continue to mount as more cases of the infection are confirmed around the world. To date, over 2,740 people have been infected by the virus, with a death toll of...