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Beijing locks down more people in China's 'zero-COVID' fight

May. 17, 2022 03:30 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Authorities in Beijing restricted more residents to their homes on Tuesday in a now 3-week-long effort to control a small but persistent COVID-19 outbreak in the Chinese capital. Seven adjoining areas in the city's Fengtai district were designated lockdown zones for...

Musk's China ties add potential risks to Twitter purchase

May. 17, 2022 00:26 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Elon Musk's ties to China through his role as electric car brand Tesla's biggest shareholder could add complexity to his bid to buy Twitter. Other companies that want access to China give in to pressure to follow Beijing's positions on Taiwan and other issues. But...

Official: China's economy reviving as anti-virus curbs ease

May. 16, 2022 07:14 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's factory and consumer activity fell even more than expected in April under anti-virus controls, official data showed Monday, but a Cabinet official said the economy is reviving as anti-virus curbs ease and its commercial capital of Shanghai reopens. The slump...

Shanghai says lockdown to ease as virus spread mostly ends

May. 16, 2022 03:53 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Most of Shanghai has stopped the spread of the coronavirus in the community and fewer than 1 million people remain under strict lockdown, authorities said Monday, as the city moves toward reopening and economic data showed the gloomy impact of China's “zero-COVID" policy. ...

Some Shanghai businesses to reopen Monday, officials say

May. 15, 2022 06:26 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Supermarkets, malls and restaurants in Shanghai will be allowed to open in a limited capacity starting Monday, officials said, even while it remained unclear whether residents would be let out from their homes. The city's Vice Mayor Chen Tong said Sunday at a...

Shanghai to try to ease 7-week virus lockdown in a few days

May. 13, 2022 04:25 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Shanghai will try again to reopen in a few days after it has eliminated COVID-19 transmission among the general population as the outbreak in China's largest city subsides, an official said Friday. The strict lockdown of the city — now in its seventh week, but...

China fights economic slump, sticks to costly 'zero COVID'

May. 12, 2022 00:54 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s leaders are struggling to reverse an economic slump without giving up anti-virus tactics that shut down Shanghai and other cities, adding to challenges for President Xi Jinping as he tries to extend his time in power. The ruling Communist Party has declared...

China labels WHO remarks on 'zero-COVID' 'irresponsible'

May. 11, 2022 05:38 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday defended sticking to its strict “zero-COVID” approach, calling critical remarks from the head of the World Health Organization “irresponsible.” The response from the Foreign Ministry came after WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom...

Xi promotes Communist Party youth wing ahead of key congress

May. 10, 2022 11:07 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday promoted the role of the ruling Communist Party’s youth wing ahead of a key party congress later this year that comes amid rising economic and social pressures. Addressing a meeting marking the centenary of the Communist...

Shanghai re-tightens on COVID, frustrating trapped residents

May. 10, 2022 08:30 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The city of Shanghai is doubling down on pandemic restrictions after a brief period of loosening up, frustrating residents who were hoping a more than monthlong lockdown was finally easing as the number of new cases falls in China's financial center. On Tuesday,...