China admits conditions in place for a shift in Covid policy

People wearing face masks walk at Raffles city shopping mall in Beijing, China, 01 December 2022. EFE-EPA/WU HAO

By Alvaro AlfaroBeijing, Dec 2 (EFE).- After several cities in China eased coronavirus restrictions following protests in recent days, the country’s authorities said that conditions were in place for the country to adjust its anti-pandemic measures. Vice Premier Sun Chunlan, who is in charge of supervising the country’s “zero Covid” policy, said Thursday that the … Read more

Former Chinese president Jiang Zemin dies aged 96

Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin attends the closing ceremony of the 19th Communist Party of China (CPC) National Congress at the Great Hall of the People (GHOP) in Beijing, China, 24 October 2017. EFE: Wu Hong

Shanghai, China, Nov 30 (EFE).- Former Chinese president Jiang Zemin, who held office between 1993 and 2003, has died on Thursday aged 96, China’s official state news agency Xinhua reported.  In a brief statement, Xinhua said that the former president died in the eastern city of Shanghai, where he led the local branch of the … Read more

China censors footage of maskless fans in world cup broadcasts

Fans of Uruguay before the FIFA World Cup 2022 group H soccer match between Portugal and Uruguay at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, 28 November 2022. EFE/EPA/Abedin Taherkenareh

Beijing, Nov 29 (EFE).- China’s state television has edited footage of Qatar 2022 World Cup matches to remove shots of maskless fans, after broadcasts of packed stadiums with crowds enjoying the games amid no Covid measures fuelled protests across the Asian nation. This measure, which has not been officially confirmed by China Central Television, but … Read more

China’s Xi meets Cuban president, promises ongoing support

Miguel Diaz-Canel speaking

President of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel attends an unveiling ceremony of a monument to Fidel Castro in Moscow, Russia, 22 November 202. Cuban President is on official visit to Russia. EFE-EPA: SERGEY GUNEEV/KREMLIN POOL/SPUTNIK/POOL

Beijing, Nov 25 (EFE).- China’s President Xi Jinping met his Cuban counterpart, Miguel Díaz-Canel, in Beijing on Friday and promised that his country would do everything possible to support Cuba. “No matter how the international situation may change, China’s commitment to long-term friendship with Cuba will not change. China’s determination to support Cuba in pursuing … Read more

Footage of maskless World Cup fans sparks outrage in China

A woman (2-R) argues with a volunteer health worker (L) at a COVID-19 test site in Beijing, China, 21 November 2022. EFE/EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO

By Álvaro Alfaro Beijing, Nov 25 (EFE).- Chinese football fans were left feeling outraged by footage of maskless fans at the World Cup in Qatar as Beijing rolled out stiff restrictions to deal with new domestic Covid outbreaks. Cities such as Chongqing, Guangdong and the capital have recently applied containment measures in a bid to … Read more