Pig and haram: To turn off Muslims, US Army cast Chinese vaccines as derived from pork, therefore forbidden

Pig and haram: To turn off Muslims, US Army cast Chinese vaccines as derived from pork, therefore forbidden

By 2010, the military began using social media tools, leveraging phony accounts to spread messages of sympathetic local voices – themselves often secretly paid by the United States government. As time passed, a growing web of military and intelligence contractors built online news websites to pump US-approved narratives into foreign countries.

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Ping pong: How China’s scramble to link US Army to the origin and spread of Covid stirred US propaganda machine

Ping pong: How China’s scramble to link US Army to the origin and spread of Covid stirred US propaganda machine

Health workers and the government struggled to get Filipinos vaccinated against Covid-19, despite mobile sites like this one, operating in May 2021 in Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines. At that time, the Philippines had one of the worst inoculation rates in Southeast Asia. The primary vaccine available then was Sinovac. Credit: Reuters

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China keeps off as world leaders join Ukraine summit in Zurich in test of Kyiv’s diplomatic clout

China keeps off as world leaders join Ukraine summit in Zurich in test of Kyiv’s diplomatic clout

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday Russia would end the war in Ukraine only if Kyiv agreed to drop its NATO ambitions and hand over the entirety of four provinces claimed by Moscow – demands Kyiv swiftly rejected as tantamount to surrender.

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Elite Chinese scientists reveal how they engage in fraud cheat to keep jobs as they have ‘no choice’

Elite Chinese scientists reveal how they engage in fraud cheat to keep jobs as they have ‘no choice’

In 2015, the Chinese government introduced the Double First-Class Initiative to establish “world-class” universities and disciplines. Universities selected for inclusion in the programme receive extra funding, whereas those that perform poorly risk being delisted, says Wang.

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Central African Republic suspends Chinese Daqing SARL gold mining company for alleged links to armed groups

Central African Republic suspends Chinese Daqing SARL gold mining company for alleged links to armed groups

The Central African Republic has been in conflict since 2013, when predominantly Muslim rebels seized power and forced the President Francois Bozize from office. Mostly Christian militias fought back. A 2019 peace deal only lessened the fighting and six of the 14 armed groups that signed later left the agreement. The Coalition of Patriots for Change was founded in 2020 in the aftermath of the agreement.

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Irony of Chinese investors who lost money in bank fraud being detained after protest

Irony of Chinese investors who lost money in bank fraud being detained after protest

With such dissent brewing, “the central government is going to be eager to halt the protests in their tracks to prevent widespread unrest as the economy falters,” said Andrew Collier, managing director at Hong Kong-based Orient Capital Research, an independent China-focused research firm.

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$668m Nairobi Expressway run by state-owned China Road and Bridge Corp is a snapshot of how China engages with Africa

$668m Nairobi Expressway run by state-owned China Road and Bridge Corp is a snapshot of how China engages with Africa

Daily average use in March was already 57,000 vehicles, exceeding a 2049 target of around 55,000 set by CRBC in a 2019 presentation on the project’s economic viability seen by Reuters.

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Chinese citizen journalist imprisoned for ‘provoking trouble’ by reporting on Covid in Wuhan freeds

Chinese citizen journalist imprisoned for ‘provoking trouble’ by reporting on Covid in Wuhan freeds

Zhang was sentenced to four years in prison on charges of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” a vaguely defined charge often used in political cases, and served her full term. Yet, on the day of her release, her former lawyers could not reach her or her family. Shanghai police had paid visits to activists and her former lawyers in the days leading up to her release.

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New data show China’s factories are revving up economy but consumer, property weakness persists

New data show China’s factories are revving up economy but consumer, property weakness persists

China’s exports and imports returned to growth in April after contracting in the previous month while consumer prices rose for the third straight month. Production of 3D printing equipment, new energy vehicles and integrated circuit products increased 55.0 per cent, 39.2 per cent and 31.9 per cent year-on-year, respectively, NBS said.

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China’s economy rumbles from a lull as exports, imports return to growth signalling demand recovery

China’s economy rumbles from a lull as exports, imports return to growth signalling demand recovery

China’s economy grew faster than expected in the first quarter, although data on exports, consumer inflation, producer prices and bank lending for March showed that momentum could be faltering again. A protracted property crisis is also showing few signs of abating, spurring calls for more policy stimulus.

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