Inside China’s fight over the future of zero-COVID

Opinions diverge over Xi’s zero-COVID policy Anger over lockdowns, fears about opening up Loosening of rules threatens to stir discontent SHANGHAI, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Samuel Ren is sick of zero-COVID. “Omicron is not a threat, it is just like a normal cold,” said the IT worker in his mid-20s in Shanghai, describing China’s ongoing … Read more

China’s tightening COVID-19 curbs fuel pushback

BEIJING, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Frustration simmered in China among residents and business groups navigating stricter COVID-19 control curbs as the country reported on Friday another historic high of daily infections just weeks after hopes were raised of easing measures. The resurgence of COVID cases in China, with 32,695 new local infections recorded for Thursday … Read more

China widens COVID curbs, Apple factory unrest adds to economy worries

COVID restrictions increase as cases rise Unrest at the iPhone factory adds to concerns about the economy, underscores frustrations Analysts warn of potential for wider lockdowns BEIJING, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Chinese cities imposed more curbs on Wednesday to rein in rising coronavirus cases, adding to investor worries about the economy as fresh unrest at … Read more

Exclusive: US blocks more than 1,000 solar shipments over Chinese slave labor concerns

Nov 11 (Reuters) – More than 1,000 shipments of solar energy components worth hundreds of millions of dollars have piled up at US ports since June under a new law banning imports from China’s Xinjiang region over concerns about slave labor, according to federal customs officials and industry sources. The level of seizures, which has … Read more

China reaffirms zero-COVID stance, city of Guangzhou on edge

China’s top leadership reaffirms commitment to COVID policy Guangzhou residents worry lockdown could be imminent China’s flagship auto show in Beijing canceled for 2022 New bank lending falls sharply BEIJING, Nov 10 (Reuters) – China’s new top leadership body reaffirmed Beijing’s “dynamic-zero” COVID-19 policy on Thursday, as case numbers rose and authorities in the city … Read more

Apple warns of lower iPhone shipments as COVID curbs hobble China plant

Apple expects lower shipments of iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max Apple says a China plant operating at sharply reduced capacity Apple supplier Foxconn revises down Q4 outlook TAIPEI, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Apple Inc ( AAPL.O ) expects lower shipments of premium iPhone 14 models than previously anticipated following a significant production cut at … Read more

Russia’s anti-satellite threat tests laws of war in space

WASHINGTON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – A Russian official’s threat this week to “strike” Western satellites helping Ukraine highlights an untested area of ‚Äč‚Äčinternational law, raising concerns among space lawyers and industry executives about the safety of objects in orbit. “Quasi-civilian infrastructure may be a legitimate target for a retaliatory strike,” senior foreign ministry official Konstantin … Read more

Xi Jinping has silver linings for the rest of the world

LONDON, Oct 17 (Reuters Breakingviews) – A third term for Xi Jinping would risk a cold war, or even a hot one. But the prospect of China’s nationalistic leader staying in power, which the ruling Communist Party is almost certain to approve at its congress this week, isn’t all bad for the rest of the … Read more

When Chinese protesters came up against Xi’s security machine

BEIJING, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Jack Yao, a Chinese Communist Party member, never wanted to be an activist. Having escaped rural poverty and joined Beijing’s middle classes through decades of study and work, he saw himself as a patriotic poster child of the party’s successful rule. Yet the 43-year-old’s life has been upended since he … Read more

Exclusive: Senior Indonesian officials targeted by spyware last year

Sept 30 (Reuters) – More than a dozen senior Indonesian government and military officials were targeted last year with spy software designed by an Israeli surveillance firm, according to nine people with knowledge of the matter. Six of the individuals told Reuters they were targeted themselves. The targets included Chief Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto, senior … Read more