Chinese cities ease Covid curbs in wake of protests

Chinese cities, including the financial hub of Shanghai and Urumqi in the far west, have announced an easing of coronavirus curbs after unprecedented protests against zero-Covid restrictions last weekend. Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang region and centre of the first protests, will reopen malls, markets, restaurants and other venues from Monday, authorities said, ending … Read more

‘This feels so much like Hong Kong’: territory’s solidarity with Chinese uprising

Jack*, a Hongkonger, used to have a grim view of mainland Chinese people, but the protests over anti-Covid restrictions that exploded across China last weekend changed his view. “Before, I thought they were mostly the arrogant and nationalistic people who just cared only about safeguarding ‘one China’ and the [Communist] party, and who boasted about … Read more

How Chinese media have – and haven’t – covered widespread protests against zero-Covid

Chinese media have largely ignored widespread protests across the country, with prominent state newspaper front pages instead choosing to focus on Taiwan’s local elections, a Chinese-built solar plant in Qatar and the rising number of Chinese women choosing to get tanned in beauty salons. Protests flared across Chinese cities over the weekend, with calls for … Read more

Rare unrest in Chinese city of Guangzhou as people protest over Covid restrictions – video

Protesters poured on to the streets of the southern Chinese city in a rare demonstration against strict Covid-19 restrictions.  Video circulating on social media shows crowds of people marching through the Haizhu district, breaking Covid barriers in noisy scenes. Cases have also been rising in other large Chinese cities, including Beijing, Chongqing and Zhengzhou. China … Read more

Chaotic scenes in southern Chinese city as Covid curbs fuel unrest

Crowds of people in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou crashed through Covid barriers and marched down streets in chaotic scenes on Monday night, according to videos posted online, in a show of public resentment over government restrictions. Among the latest outbreaks in China, Guangzhou has the biggest caseload, with new daily infections of Covid-19 … Read more

SA’s Chinese embassy awards 59 university students for tackling socio-economic issues | The Citizen

On the eve of China and South Africa next year celebrating 25 years of diplomatic relations and SA taking over the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) presidency – the Asian economic giant was on Saturday bullish about bolstering stronger bilateral engagements with SA. This, as China-South Africa ties took another level, through … Read more

Raubex disappointed to lose Sanral contract to Chinese JV | The Citizen

JSE-listed construction group Raubex is disappointed it lost the tender award for the R1.8 billion upgrade to the Ashburton interchange in KwaZulu-Natal to a Chinese joint venture company. However, Raubex CEO Felicia Msiza said on Monday she doubts the activity of Chinese companies in the local market will negatively impact Raubex’s order book and financial … Read more

Chinese city accused of ‘performative lockdown lifting’

Authorities in Zhengzhou have been accused of “performative lockdown lifting” after they partially lifted restrictions amid growing pressure from residents and the reported arrival of state media. An almost month-long lockdown in the Chinese city of about 12 million people had prompted complaints of arduous conditions, sometimes violent enforcement, inadequate medical care, and worsening mental … Read more

Video appears to show Chinese factory workers fleeing Covid-19 lockdown – video

Unverified videos shared on Chinese social media showed people who are allegedly workers at the Foxconn plant climbing over fences and carrying their belongings along a road.  Workers from China’s largest iPhone factory have reportedly been fleeing the factory amid fears of full-scale lockdowns in Covid-hit Zhengzhou. Foxconn, an Apple supplier headquartered in Taiwan, has about 200,000 … Read more

12 Chinese sailors die of suspected food poisoning | The Citizen

Twelve Chinese sailors have died and nine others are critically ill after a suspected case of food poisoning on board their vessel near Vietnam’s southern Con Dao island, a rescue official and state media said Friday. The Chinese-registered Wu Zhou 8 cargo vessel was on its way from Thailand to China when the 21 crew … Read more