Video: Beijing students stage rare protest against Covid controls

Hundreds of students at an elite Beijing university have protested against strict Covid-19 curbs on campus, in a rare show of defiance as anger mounts over virus controls. China is the only major country adhering to a rigid zero-Covid policy and its restrictions have prompted frustration with lockdowns, spartan quarantine facilities and heavy handed enforcement. … Read more

Rumors of a lockdown in China’s capital Beijing spark panic buying, police investigation

China is digging in its heels on a zero-Covid strategy to stamp out clusters as they emerge, hitting hundreds of areas across Beijing with some form of restrictions, including hard lockdowns. Residents rushed to supermarkets on Thursday to stock up on groceries as rumors spread that stay-at-home orders would soon be announced. Dining out has … Read more

‘A political show’: Beijing hits back at western criticism of Hong Kong national security arrests

Beijing has hit back at western criticism of Hong Kong’s latest arrest of activists, including a 90-year-old Catholic cardinal, accusing them of “smearing” and putting on a “political show.” China’s Foreign Ministry in Hong Kong “expresses strong disapproval and opposition, emphasizing that ‘rights and freedoms’ are not a ‘shield’ for illegal activities in Hong Kong,” … Read more

Hong Kong small-circle leadership race: Meet John Lee – the ex-police officer Beijing trusts

By Su Xinqi As a former beat cop who rose to become Hong Kong’s security chief, John Lee is the one person China’s leaders trust to run the city as their loyal lieutenant, analysts and insiders say. Lee, 64, is expected to be anointed Hong Kong’s next chief executive by a small committee on Sunday, … Read more

Beijing closes dozens of subway stations as Covid controls tighten

Beijing closed dozens of subway stations on Wednesday as Covid restrictions constrict movement around the Chinese capital despite it recording only dozens of cases daily. China has been battling its worst coronavirus flare-up since the early days of the pandemic, with most cases found in the business hub of Shanghai. A health worker waits for … Read more

Millions in Beijing urged to work from home to fight Covid

by Beiyi Seow The streets of Beijing’s business district were deserted on Thursday as the government called for people to return to work remotely, with scores of subway stations shut down after a national holiday muted by coronavirus curbs. A man walks past a bus station at central business district in Beijing on May 5, … Read more

Covid-19: Mass testing for almost 21 million Beijing residents as lockdown fears grow

By Beiyi Seow Beijing on Tuesday launched mass coronavirus testing for nearly all its 21 million residents, as fears grew that the Chinese capital may be placed under a strict lockdown like Shanghai. People line up to be tested for Covid-19 coronavirus in Zhongguancun in Beijing on April 26, 2022. Photo: Jade Gao / AFP. … Read more

China Covid death toll rises as Beijing warns of ‘grim’ situation

Shanghai reported 39 Covid deaths Sunday, its highest daily toll despite weeks of lockdowns, while China’s capital Beijing warned of a “grim” situation with rising infections. The world’s second-largest economy has been struggling to stamp out its worst outbreak in two years with a playbook of harsh lockdowns and mass testing as it sticks to … Read more

Beijing Covid spike prompts mass testing, panic buying

Fears of a hard Covid lockdown sparked panic buying in Beijing as long queues formed on Monday in a large central district for mass testing ordered by the Chinese authorities. China was already trying to contain a wave of infections in its largest city Shanghai, which has been almost entirely locked down for weeks and … Read more

Beijing approves resignation of John Lee, Hong Kong’s ex-No. 2 official

Beijing has accepted the resignation of Hong Kong’s former chief secretary John Lee, meaning that the 64-year-old is clear to enter the city’s leadership race in May. China’s State Council announced on Friday that it would remove Lee from his post as the city’s second highest ranking government official on the recommendation of Chief Executive … Read more