U.S. celebrities, TikTok influencers named in China’s Olympics campaign

Tech 04/08/22, 23:25

Court filings by the U.S. Justice Department on Monday, April 4, unveiled fresh details on China’s social media campaign to promote its controversial Winter Olympics. The documents list popular social media influencers and U.S. celebrities recruited by the New Jersey-based company Vippi Media agreement. The firm received 300,000 dollars from the ...

4 mysteries of China Eastern Airlines flight MU5735 crash

China 04/08/22, 23:23

A Boeing 737-800 passenger plane of China Eastern Airlines with 132 people crashed in Wuzhou, Guangxi, on March 21. After the accident, none of the passengers aboard survived. Two black boxes were found on March 23 and 27, respectively, but in severely damaged condition. The investigation now is underway, with ...

Poor conditions at Shanghai quarantine facilities

News 04/08/22, 23:22

As Shanghai moves to screen through all COVID-positive and close contact citizens, complaints are also mounting at its Nanhui isolation site, where residents of such profiles are centrally put together. Zhimin Liu (pseudonym) told the Epoch Times Chinese, “There was no food, no drinking water, and no hot water. If you’re ...

Shanghai’s aviation and medical officials dismissed

China 04/08/22, 23:21

Shanghai has dismissed an airport executive and a hospital director for ineffective COVID-control execution as the number of COVID-19 infected new cases repeatedly sets new records in China's most populous city. Shanghai's Communist Party Disciplinary Committee announced on Thursday, April 7, that Li Shuifei was removed from his current position as ...

Containers pile up at Shanghai port due to the lockdown policy

Economy 04/08/22, 23:14

According to Bloomberg, containers are stacking up at Shanghai's largest port as truckers couldn't pick up boxes at docks due to the mass testing and the city's lockdown. Bloomberg cited Japanese carrier Ocean Network Express (ONE) that the limited number of outbound containers from the port delays clearance imports. The Japanese carrier ...

China’s services sector shrinks sharply amid COVID-19 surge

News 04/08/22, 23:12

According to Caixin, China's services sector activity fell at the steepest pace in two years in March. The Caixin Services Purchasing Managers' Index (Services PMI) released on April 6 recorded 42.0 in March, a sharp drop of 8.2 percentage points from February and the lowest since the first COVID-19 pandemic started ...

Canada observing China’s Ukraine stance, but receives warning about Taiwan

China 04/08/22, 23:11

The Foreign ministers of Canada and China discussed national ties on Tuesday, April 5 during their first direct talk since 2020. According to the readouts from both sides, different interests were spelled out. Mélanie Joly, Canadian Foreign Minister, reminded China about its stance in the Ukraine war, saying that “Canada and ...

Tencent to close game streaming site under China’s crackdown

Economy 04/08/22, 22:37

Tencent Holdings, a Chinese social media and gaming giant, announced on April 7 that it would shut down its game streaming platform Penguin Esports by early June. This move shows its effort to streamline the businesses following a regulatory crackdown. Tencent said the closure of the six-year-old platform is set to ...

China pays for Russian energy in Chinese yuan

Economy 04/08/22, 22:32

Chinese consultancy Fenwei Energy Information Service Co. said that Russia accepted yuan in coal trading in March, and the first shipments will arrive in China this month. Russian crude oil sellers have also offered Chinese refiners the option of paying in yuan. Bloomberg reported that such transactions were conducted in dollars before ...

China’s JD.com founder Richard Liu steps down as CEO

Economy 04/08/22, 22:32

The billionaire founder of China's second-biggest online retailer JD.com Inc., Richard Liu, stepped down as chief executive officer on Thursday, April 7, amid Beijing's ongoing tech crackdown. The Chinese tech tyrant announced that Richard Liu would pass the baton to current president Xu Lei, the former head of JD.com's retail business ...

China’s 17th central-management-level official investigated

China 04/08/22, 22:26

Li Jiexiang, 58, deputy director of the Standing Committee of the Qinghai Provincial People's Congress and former vice governor, was investigated on Apr. 7 for alleged "serious violations of discipline and law." Li was the 3rd deputy provincial cadre to be sacked in Qinghai after the 19th National Congress, and the ...

China coast piled with sanctioned oil due to Covid outbreak

China 04/08/22, 22:14

Bloomberg cited Kpler data, saying on Friday, Apr 6, that tankers carrying 22 million barrels of oil from sanctioned countries have piled up off China's coast. China has been importing sanctioned oil from Iran and Venezuela over the past few years. The trading of discounted oil was disrupted due to coronavirus outbreaks ...

Shanghai lockdown: China-based US Marines ask for food

News 04/08/22, 00:12

In a private consulate message group's posts on WeChat, a US consulate staff in Shanghai on Tuesday, April 5, appealed to colleagues to provide them with some food.The US Marines ran out of fresh food because of a strict coronavirus lockdown from authorities.Reuter reported that the staff said in the ...