Shanghai declares zero-Covid milestone but residents cast doubt on reopening

Hong Kong CNN † Shanghai officials on Tuesday said they had achieved “zero-Covid at the community level” in what appeared to be a turning point in a heavy-handed and costly campaign to tame an Omicron outbreak – but many residents remain skeptical the city will reopen anytime soon . “Zero-Covid at the community level” means … Read more

Biden names envoy to SE Asia bloc, stressing US attention

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday announced he’s nominating one of his top national security aides as ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, aiming to underscore his administration’s commitment to the Pacific region. Biden announced his decision to nominate Yohannes Abraham, chief of staff to the White House National Security Council, … Read more

S. Korea’s new leader offers support if North denuclearizes

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Yoon Suk Yeol, a conservative political neophyte, took office as South Korea’s new president Tuesday with a vow to pursue a negotiated settlement of North Korea’s threatening nuclear program and an offer of “an audacious plan” to improve Pyongyang’s economy if it abandons its nuclear weapons. Yoon had promised a … Read more

China’s economy is going backwards

Hong Kong CNN Business † China’s gigantic services sector just contracted at the second sharpest pace on record as Covid lockdowns hit businesses hard. The Caixin purchasing managers’ index, a closely-watched indicator for assessing the state of the economy, plummeted to 36.2 in April from 42 in March, according to a survey released by IHS … Read more

India-China tensions: Xiaomi is the latest Chinese company to face the heat in India

New Delhi CNN Business † India has seized more than $700 million from one of China’s biggest tech companies after accusing it of moving money out of the country illegally. In a statement on Friday, India’s Enforcement Directorate — the country’s main financial investigation agency — accused the Indian subsidiary of smartphone maker Xiaomi of … Read more

Russia’s threat to retaliate against US-Japan naval exercises shows it’s getting jumpy, analysts say

Tokyo CNN † Russia has warned Japan of “retaliatory measures” if it expands joint naval exercises with the United States near Russia’s eastern borders. The threat is just the latest salvo from Moscow, which has been angered by Japan’s support for Ukraine and its growing ties with NATO countries, and is turning up the heat … Read more

Japan missing boat: Ten confirmed dead after Kazu 1 goes missing

Tokyo CNN † Ten people have been confirmed dead after a Japanese sightseeing boat with 26 people on board went missing on Saturday. The victims included seven men and three women, some of whom were found unconscious in the water, and others who washed ashore, the regional office for Japan’s coast guard told CNN. The … Read more

Shanghai quarantine: 24-hour lights, no hot showers

Thousands of people in Shanghai who test positive for the coronavirus but have few or no symptoms are being ordered into quarantine centers in exhibition halls and other buildings byThe Associated Press April 18, 2022, 4:35 AM † 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article BEIJING — Beibei sleeps beside thousands of … Read more

Twitter users are exposing pro-Russian sentiment in China, and Beijing is not happy

Editor’s Note: A version of this story appeared in CNN’s Meanwhile in China newsletter, a three-times-a-week update exploring what you need to know about the country’s rise and how it impacts the world. Sign up here. Hong Kong CNN † Anonymous Twitter users are exposing the extreme nationalism and pro-Russian sentiment circulating online in China … Read more

Shanghai Covid-19: Video shows health worker beating dog to death after owner tests positive

Hong Kong CNN † A pet dog was beaten to death by a health worker in Shanghai in an incident that sparked fury online, offering a glimpse into the growing frustrations of locked-down residents in China’s Covid-19 hotspot. A video of the beating at a residential compound in the Pudong district of the city was … Read more