17:47 01.07.2020

Trump 'more and more angry at China' over coronavirus

Donald Trump said he was more and more angry with china over the spread of the virus as US health officials warned they are in control of the pandemic. Trump tweeted ‘As I watch the Pandemic spread its ugly face all across the world, including the tremendous damage it has done to the USA, I become more and more angry at China.’ There is already strong tensions between the two countries over an ongoing trade war.
Source: Times of India
17:49 30.06.2020

Global report: WHO to send team to China to investigate Covid-19 origins

The article describes how a team from the World Health Organisation is travelling to China, in order to better understand the origins of the virus. The head of the WHO believes that knowing all of the details and understanding how the virus started, would put them in a better position to fight the pandemic as he believes “the worst is yet to come”.
Source: The Guardian
15:56 29.06.2020

China, Hong Kong shares fall on coronavirus concerns

China and Hong Kong stocks retreated on Monday as sharp spikes in new COVID-19 infections around the world raised concerns about a recovery in the global economy. At the midday break, the Shanghai Composite index was down 0.71% at 2,958.46 and the blue-chip CSI300 index 0.87%. The yuan was quoted at 7.079 per U.S. dollar, 0.02% weaker than the previous close of 7.0777.
Source: Reuters
15:46 28.06.2020

China puts half a million into lockdown amid fresh outbreak fears

China put nearly half a million people into lockdown near the capital Beijing in order to contain a fresh coronavirus cluster on Sunday, as authorities warned the outbreak was still "severe and complicated." After China largely brought the virus under control, hundreds have been infected in Beijing and cases have emerged in neighbouring Hebei province in recent weeks.
Source: The Telegraph
15:42 27.06.2020

Bloomberg New Economy: China’s Post-Covid Climate Choice

Unfortunately, the environmental respite triggered by the coronavirus in China has proved fleeting. After dropping precipitously as the country locked down, China’s carbon emissions are back to where they were before the crisis as commerce and industry roar back to life. And they may be about to get worse. To reboot their economies, local Chinese governments are going on a construction binge, adding coal power plants at an accelerated pace. The same impulse will likely result in new fleets of fossil fuel-powered generators along pristine stretches of China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” in Central Asia, Africa and elsewhere. China is the biggest financier of mines and power facilities in the developing world.
Source: Bloomberg
15:51 26.06.2020

Chinese state-run newspaper is punished after publishing stories deemed 'misleading' by officials about Beijing's new coronavirus outbreak

A Chinese state newspaper has been banned from posting on one of its social media accounts due to its coverage on Beijing's new coronavirus outbreak. Officials have censored The Beijing News on Chinese twitter-like Weibo since Thursday after some of its COVID-19 reports were deemed 'misleading and taken out of context', according to an official statement. The news outlet, which had been on the forefront covering the health crisis in the capital city, is considered by many as one of the few Chinese media that are critical of the country's social issues.
Source: Daily Mail
15:48 26.06.2020

Some U.S. food suppliers forego China contracts over coronavirus curbs, trade group says

Chinese demands that overseas suppliers guarantee their food shipments are free of the novel coronavirus are causing some shippers to forego the China trade, an industry group representing U.S. produce growers said on Friday. Western Growers, which represents companies that produce half of U.S. fresh fruits, vegetables and tree nuts, complained this week to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Trade Representative over the issue, and the government said it would take it up.
Source: Reuters
15:39 25.06.2020

Coronavirus: China has ‘serious questions’ to answer over pandemic, Tony Blair says

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has spoken out against China on this topic, warning that a new ‘Cold War’ with Beijing may emerge as a result of the fallout of the virus. Such calls follow the findings of a major survey of public opinion commissioned by his Institute for Global Change which showed that 60% of British and French citizens view Beijing as a ‘force for bad’ in the world. He noted that Western Governments should take a strategic view of the relationship with Beijing rather than acting in an ‘ad hoc’ manner.
Source: Sky News