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China Locks Down Resort City, 80K Tourists
Outbreak Strands 80K Tourists

Outbreak Strands 80K Tourists

Chinese resort city reports 263 cases in a day, prompting lockdown

(Newser) - All flights and trains out of the Chinese tropical resort city of Sanya have been canceled in response to a COVID-19 outbreak, stranding more than 80,000 tourists. A lockdown went into effect Saturday after 263 cases were confirmed, the BBC reports. Officials said tourists in Sanya, plus anyone who'...

China Looks to Hammer US for Pelosi's Taiwan Visit

Chinese missiles land in Japanese waters

(Newser) - China slapped unspecified sanctions on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her family Friday as retaliation for her visit to Taiwan. China's foreign ministry described her visit to the island as an "egregious provocation," CNBC reports. In a statement, the ministry said the visit "constitutes a gross...

China Holds Biggest-Ever Military Drills Near Taiwan
China Encircles Taiwan
With Massive Military Drills

China Encircles Taiwan With Massive Military Drills

Tensions soar after Pelosi departs island

(Newser) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has departed Taiwan —and China has launched what are believed to be its biggest-ever military drills around the island, which it has long vowed to reunify with the mainland, by force if necessary. For the first time since 1996, China has fired missiles into waters...

China Reacts With Fury to Pelosi's Taiwan Visit

Beijing summons US ambassador

(Newser) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi became the highest-ranked American lawmaker to visit Taiwan in 25 years Tuesday—and China reacted exactly as expected. Beijing, which considers Taiwan its territory, slammed the move as a "serious violation" after Pelosi arrived in Taipei. The country's foreign ministry summoned Nicholas Burns, the...

Pelosi Writes of Reason for Her Taiwan Visit
Pelosi Explains Reason
for Her Taiwan Visit

Pelosi Explains Reason for Her Taiwan Visit

'America’s solidarity with Taiwan is more important today than ever'

(Newser) - Just minutes after Nancy Pelosi touched down in Taiwan, a piece she wrote for the Washington Post went live. Titled "Why I'm leading a congressional delegation to Taiwan," Pelosi quite simply explains that very thing. Some key lines:
  • "In the face of the Chinese Communist Party’

Report: Nancy Pelosi Is Going Ahead With Taiwan Trip

China has warned of 'serious consequences'

(Newser) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Asia trip has begun—and according to reports from CNN and the Wall Street Journal as well as Taiwanese media, it will include a stop in Taiwan. A source tells the Journal that people Pelosi plans to meet in Taiwan, including government officials, have been...

Pelosi Begins Asia Trip, a Big Question Looming

Will she go to Taiwan? House speaker's itinerary makes no mention of a stop

(Newser) - Nancy Pelosi begins a trip to Asia on Sunday, but the question on everyone's mind is still unanswered: Will she go to Taiwan? A statement issued by her office on Saturday lists stops in Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, and Japan, but it has no mention of Taiwan, reports the...

Uncontrolled Chinese Rocket Comes Down in Indian Ocean

For the 3rd year in a row, Long March rocket body made uncontrolled reentry

(Newser) - Update: An uncontrolled Chinese rocket is back from space, after reentering the Earth's atmosphere over the Indian Ocean. US Space Command said it happened at 12:45pm EDT Saturday. The Chinese Manned Space Agency said most of the rocket debris burned up over the Sulu Sea, which is between...

China's Richest Woman Is Rapidly Getting Poorer

Yang Hiuyan's $23.7B fortune has more than halved amid real estate crisis

(Newser) - With an estimated fortune of $11.3 billion, China's richest woman isn't exactly short on cash—but the country's real estate crisis has made Yang Huiyan a lot poorer than she was at the start of the year. Bloomberg reports that Yang had an estimated $23.7...

China Locks Down 1M in Wuhan
China Locks Down 1M in Wuhan

China Locks Down 1M in Wuhan

'Temporary control measures' brought in after 4 COVID cases detected

(Newser) - A million people in the first city ever to experience a COVID lockdown have been locked down again. As part of China's zero COVID strategy, restrictions were imposed on Wuhan's Jiangxia district after routine testing detected two asymptomatic cases and contact tracing detected two more, the BBC reports....

Pentagon Prepping in Case Pelosi Does Go to Taiwan

Trip isn't confirmed, but US military is developing plans for any contingency

(Newser) - US officials say they have little fear that China would attack Nancy Pelosi’s plane if she flies to Taiwan. But the US House speaker would be entering one of the world’s hottest spots, where a mishap, misstep, or misunderstanding could endanger her safety. So the Pentagon is developing...

China Court to Single Woman: You Can't Freeze Your Eggs

The case was the first of its kind and drew widespread media coverage in China

(Newser) - A Chinese court has overruled a rare legal challenge brought by an unmarried Beijing woman seeking the right to freeze her eggs. The Chaoyang Intermediate People's Court in Beijing ruled that the hospital did not violate the woman's rights in denying her access to freeze her eggs, per...

Pelosi's Travel Plans Have White House, Beijing Worried
Both China,
White House
Wary of Pelosi's
Travel Plans
the rundown

Both China, White House Wary of Pelosi's Travel Plans

House speaker reportedly will visit Taiwan soon

(Newser) - Unconfirmed reports that Nancy Pelosi is planning a trip to Taiwan have most definitely caught the attention of China. Authorities in Beijing are making clear through private and public channels they would view such a trip as a provocation, one that would trigger a strong response. However, what "strong"...

Chinese Authorities Apologize for COVID Break-ins

Authorities broke into homes to disinfect them after residents sent to quarantine

(Newser) - Authorities in southern China apologized for breaking into the homes of people quarantined with suspected COVID-19 cases in the latest example of heavy-handed measures that have sparked a rare public backlash. The state-run Global Times reported Tuesday that 84 homes of people sent into isolation in Guangzhou city’s Liwan...

Key to Cracking Burglary Case: Two Squashed Mosquitoes

Police in China make a DNA match in blood analysis

(Newser) - Police in China say two mosquitoes helped them crack a burglary case in Fujian province. As the South China Morning Post explains, authorities in Fuzhou spotted two squashed mosquitoes on the wall of an apartment that had been burglarized. They tested the blood and found a DNA match for a...

Big Shifts Are Close for World's Population

UN projects we'll hit 8B in months, with India on track to overtake China as No. 1 next year

(Newser) - A new UN report on Monday—aka World Population Day—sees some major milestones on the horizon, including a pending shift for the title of most populous nation. Some of the nuggets highlighted, including in coverage at Quartz and the Hindu :
  • Overall: The world's population is expected to reach

This Might Be the Biggest Data Breach in History
This Might Be the Biggest
Data Breach in History

This Might Be the Biggest Data Breach in History

Hackers claim they have records of 1B Chinese people, taken from a Shanghai police database

(Newser) - Hackers claim to have obtained a trove of data on 1 billion Chinese people from a Shanghai police database in a leak that, if confirmed, could be one of the largest data breaches in history. In a post on the online hacking forum Breach Forums last week, someone using the...

Consumers Freak Over Fancy, Non-Melting Ice Cream

Foodies in China want to know why even fire won't make a dent in Zhong Xue Gao product

(Newser) - We already know about fast-food items that don't spoil for decades , but ice cream that doesn't melt adds a new wrinkle to the conversation on what we put in food to preserve it. That's the current topic of discussion in China, where consumers are demanding to know...

China Slams America's 'Dirty Record' in Space

Officials reject NASA chief's accusation that China is trying to take over the moon

(Newser) - China has angrily fired back at NASA Administrator Bill Nelson's criticism of its space program, denying that it is planning to take over the moon. In an interview with Germany's Bild newspaper published Saturday, Nelson said, "We must be very concerned about China landing on the moon...

China Causes a Fuss With Deleted Report on Aliens

State media reported scientists detected some unusual signals, but US scientist throws cold water on UFO theory

(Newser) - Does China have evidence of alien life? Don't bet on it, but that's the unusual question in play after a state-run news site reported, then deleted a story claiming scientists with access to the world's largest and most sensitive radio telescope had uncovered possible signals from alien...

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