Tag: Xi Jinping

No, President Trump: You’ve Weakened America’s Soft Power

President Trump claims he “made America great again.” The facts show just the opposite. The United States has lost credibility since 2017. The president’s looseness with the truth has debased the currency of trust that is needed in a crisis, and his continual disdain for our allies means we have fewer friends. There is clear […]

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As Fears of a Pandemic Mount, W.H.O. Says World Is Not Ready

BEIJING — As new cases of the coronavirus spiked on two continents, the World Health Organization warned on Monday that the world was not ready for a major outbreak, even as it praised China’s aggressive efforts to wrest the epidemic under control. After two weeks on the ground in China, a team sent by the […]

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Inside The Wall Street Journal, Tensions Rise Over ‘Sick Man’ China Headline

More than four dozen journalists at The Wall Street Journal challenged their bosses and criticized the newspaper’s opinion side in a letter that was sent to top executives on Thursday, the day after China announced that it would expel three Journal staff members in retaliation for a headline that offended the country’s leaders. In all, […]

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China’s Health Failures Distract Us From Our Own

President Trump praises a “strong, sharp and powerfully focused” Chinese President Xi Jinping for his handling of the coronavirus outbreak. “President Xi strongly leads what will be a very successful operation,” Trump said. This offended some Americans. At a time when many Chinese are criticizing Xi for initially covering up the outbreak, should America’s president […]

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Coronavirus Live Updates: China Changes Diagnosis Criteria, Resulting in Confusion

Here’s what you need to know: ImageDoctors who have recovered from the Covid-19 coronavirus infection donating plasma in Wuhan, China, on Tuesday.Credit…Agence France-Presse — Getty Images China again alters the methodology for counting coronavirus cases, as death toll rises to 2,118. For the second time in a week, China on Thursday changed its criteria for […]

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China Targets 3 Wall Street Journal Reporters as Media Relations Sour

HONG KONG — China on Wednesday said it would revoke the press credentials of three Wall Street Journal reporters working in mainland China, in a significant escalation of Beijing’s pressure on the foreign news media. At a daily news briefing on Wednesday, a spokesman for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the credentials would be […]

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LEAK: Secret Documents Show How China Targets Muslims for ‘Re-Education’ Camps — and Spies on Their Families

ISTANBUL— When Rozinisa Memet Tohti’s family stopped returning her calls three years ago, she feared the worst. But nothing could prepare her for seeing a leaked Chinese government database document of Uighurs targeted for internment. There, in row 358, she found her younger sister’s ID number and full name: Patem Memet Tohti. The document says […]

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China’s Leader, Under Fire, Says He Led Coronavirus Fight Early On

Under fire for its response to the coronavirus epidemic, China’s authoritarian government appears to be pushing a new account of events that presents President Xi Jinping as taking early action to fight the outbreak that has convulsed the country. But in doing so, the authorities have acknowledged for the first time that Mr. Xi was […]

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‘I Cannot Remain Silent’

China’s mishandling of the coronavirus outbreak has imperiled itself and the world because it is a land of 21st-century science and 19th-century politics. Scholars in China predicted a year ago in an article in the journal Viruses that it was “highly likely” that there would be coronavirus outbreaks, calling it an “urgent issue.” Once the […]

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To Tame Coronavirus, Mao-Style Social Control Blankets China

SHANGHAI — China has flooded cities and villages with battalions of neighborhood busybodies, uniformed volunteers and Communist Party representatives to carry out one of the biggest social control campaigns in history. The goal: to keep hundreds of millions of people away from everyone but their closest kin. The nation is battling the coronavirus outbreak with […]

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How a Hong Kong Campus Became a Fiery Battlefield

Episode 26: ‘Fire and Water’ Producer/Director Andréa Schmidt Protesters clutching smartphones and wearing masks took to the streets. Armor-clad riot police fired water cannons and tear gas to reassert authority. For months, the two sides clashed in a spate of increasingly violent confrontations at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The siege of PolyU last November was […]

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China Expands Chaotic Dragnet in Coronavirus Crackdown

China’s leaders expanded a mass roundup of people possibly sickened with the coronavirus on Thursday, widening their dragnet well beyond the epicenter of the outbreak to at least two more cities in what the government has called a “wartime” campaign to stamp out the epidemic. But the campaign, first announced last week in the city […]

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‘Let’s Not Shake Hands’: Xi Jinping Tours Beijing Amid Coronavirus Crisis

BEIJING — When he stepped inside the municipal office five miles north of the Forbidden City, China’s most powerful leader in decades pulled up the sleeve of his black overcoat and held out his wrist. A woman in a mask and surgical gloves then checked to see if he had a fever. It was Xi […]

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Coronavirus Live Updates: More Than 800 Have Died in China, Surpassing Toll From SARS

Here’s what you need to know: ImageLining up to get tickets for free masks and sanitizer outside a Beijing pharmacy on Saturday.Credit…Kevin Frayer/Getty Images The new coronavirus has killed more people than SARS did. The coronavirus death toll in China has risen to 811, surpassing the toll from the SARS epidemic of 2002-3, according to […]

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Where’s Xi? China’s Leader Commands Coronavirus Fight From Safe Heights

WUHAN, China — President Xi Jinping strode onstage before an adoring audience in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing less than three weeks ago, trumpeting his successes in steering China through a tumultuous year and promising “landmark” progress in 2020. “Every single Chinese person, every member of the Chinese nation, should feel proud […]

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China Tightens Wuhan Lockdown in ‘Wartime’ Battle with Coronavirus

WUHAN, China — The Chinese authorities resorted to increasingly extreme measures in Wuhan on Thursday to try to halt the spread of the deadly coronavirus, ordering house-to-house searches, rounding up the sick and warehousing them in enormous quarantine centers. The urgent, seemingly improvised steps come amid a worsening humanitarian crisis in Wuhan, one exasperated by […]

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Death Toll Soars in China and Xi Takes Aim at Rumors

Here’s what you need to know: ImagePatients with mild symptoms of the new coronavirus arriving at an exhibition center that was converted into a hospital in Wuhan, China, on Wednesday.Credit…Agence France-Presse — Getty Images At least 563 people have now died from the virus in China. The death toll and number of infections continued to […]

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In Coronavirus, China Weighs Benefits of Buffalo Horn and Other Remedies

As it races to treat patients infected with the new coronavirus, the Chinese government is seeing potential in a cocktail of antiviral drugs. It is also recommending the Peaceful Palace Bovine Pill, a traditional Chinese medicine made with the gallstone of cattle, buffalo horn, jasmine and pearl. There is no known cure for the coronavirus […]

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The Subtle Muckrakers of the Coronavirus Epidemic

The outbreak of the coronavirus has brought international scrutiny down on China’s political system. Again. A few commentators have applauded the efficiency of the Chinese Communist Party’s response, but most have zoomed in on its weaknesses. Some have even blamed the party itself for the outbreak, calling the disease a “Communist coronavirus” or “the Belt […]

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As New Virus Spread, China’s Old Habits Delayed Fight

WUHAN, China — A mysterious illness had stricken seven patients at a hospital, and a doctor tried to warn his medical school classmates. “Quarantined in the emergency department,” the doctor, Li Wenliang, wrote in an online chat group on Dec. 30, referring to patients. “So frightening,” one recipient replied, before asking about the epidemic that […]

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Trump Called Powell an ‘Enemy.’ ‘Ugh’ Was a Response Inside the Fed.

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s nonstop attacks on the Federal Reserve have raised eyebrows and broken with recent presidential norms. But an Aug. 23 tweet in which Mr. Trump called the Fed chair, Jerome H. Powell, an “enemy” of America appears to have prompted some hand-wringing inside the central bank. “My only question is, who is […]

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Coronavirus Spreads, and the World Pays for China’s Dictatorship

China’s leaders sometimes seem 10 feet tall, presiding over a political and economic juggernaut that has founded universities at a rate of one a week and that recently used more cement in three years than the United States did in the entire 20th century. President Trump has hailed China’s president, Xi Jinping, as a “brilliant […]

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