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Hong Kong Imposes Unprecedented COVID Lockdown As China Scrambles To Protect Beijing

In the first sign of confirmation that the current COVID resurgence taking place in northeastern China might be more widespread than the Chinese state (and its attendant party-controlled press organs) have been letting on, the city of Hong Kong on Friday just announced its first-ever lockdown, a measure that is reminiscent of the harsher measures…

Stung By Chip Shortage, VW Loses Production Of "Tens Of Thousands" Of Vehicles In China

Volkswagen has been the latest automaker to be hit hard by the semiconductor shortage that is sweeping its way through the auto industry.  The company has reportedly lost “tens of thousands” of vehicles in production in China as a result, according to Bloomberg.  VW’s China head, Stephan Wollenstein, commented Wednesday: “It was hurting us already in…

China Mocks "Doomsday Clown" Pompeo After 'Genocide' Designation For Uighur Persecution

On Tuesday, the last day of the Trump administration, then Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pulled the trigger on a long debated topic and policy proposal in Washington – namely to officially label Chinese persecution of the country’s Uighur minority as “genocide”. Predictably Beijing was quick to voice its outrage. But with the Trump administration…

China Locks Down Another 1.7MM As Mutant COVID Invades Beijing; Dutch Plan First Curfew Since WW2: Live Updates

Summary: China locks down parts 1.7MM in Beijing as mutant strain discovered US cases, deaths continue to slow from holiday peaks Dutch gov’t proposes first national lockdown since WW2 Japan reports 5,532 new COVID-19 cases Turkey administers 1MM doses Israel’s vaccination effort is currently the most advanced in the world in terms * * *…

Independent Panel Blames China, WHO For Acting Too Slowly To Contain COVID-19

An independent panel says China and the World Health Organization (WHO) failed to act quickly to contain COVID-19 at the beginning of the outbreak, according to a Monday report. The Switzerland-based Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness concluded that Beijing should have acted with greater urgency in applying public health measures as the new pneumonia-like illness…

China Imports Of Corn, Wheat Hit Record High Amid Soaring Food Prices

On the same day that China published a much stronger than expected (if largely laughable as we first noted and Michael Pettis subsequently confirmed) GDP print, making China the only major economy to grow in the “year of covid”, China customs data showed that grains imports soared to record highs in 2020 after tight domestic…

China Reports 100+ Cases For Sixth Day As Lockdowns Expanded To 29MM

As the CCP scrambles to ship tens of thousands of people out of Shinjiang into designated “quarantine centers” across Hebei province, Chinese authorities have confirmed 100+ new cases of COVID-19 for the sixth straight day on Monday as infections continue to rise in Hebei, the northeastern province surrounding Beijing, where an outbreak centered around the…

Does the West Actually Care About the Uighur Genocide in China or Is It a Handy Excuse for Conflict?

By Robert Wheeler While the United States is busy showing signs of imploding, all eyes are focused on the Capitol protests, the Presidential Inauguration, and the parallel exit ceremony. But there are other things happening in the world that are showing the signs of apparent looming collapse not just of the United States, but of…

China "Sought To Influence" 2020 US Election, Director Of National Intelligence Assesses

Authored by Ivan Pentchoukov via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours), Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe assessed that China interfered in the 2020 federal elections, according to a letter transmitted to Congress. Nominee John L. Ratcliffe during a Senate Intelligence Committee nomination hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office building in Washington, on May 5,…

China Reports Stronger Than Expected GDP, Is Only Major Economy To Grow In 2020

China, which a little over a year ago unleashed a global pandemic on the world which reshaped economies, global supply chains, capital markets, and societies and was directly responsible for the downfall of a US president, was hell bent on demonstrating that it was the biggest winner from said plague, and early on Monday local…

​​​​​​​"It Is Extremely Wrong" – Turkey Bargains Extradition Of Uighurs For China Vaccine

Even though scientists in Brazil have downgraded the efficacy of China’s Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine, the Turkish Health Ministry this past week granted emergency authorization of it. Mass vaccinations in Turkey began on Thursday, starting with healthcare workers and the elderly population. But to obtain the vaccines, the Turkish government has been accused of bargaining with…

Trump's China Trade War Cost Up To 245,000 American Jobs: Study

Authored by Dave DeCamp via AntiWar.com, A new study estimates that President Trump’s trade war with China caused the loss of up to 245,000 American jobs. The study from the US-China Business Council (USCBC) and Oxford Economics said a moderate reduction of tariffs on both sides could lead to an additional 145,000 US jobs and an…

Trump Declassifies Sensitive Document On Strategy To 'Defend, Dominate, Deny' Indo-Pacific From China

Given everything else going on in a news cycle dominated by last week’s Capitol Hill mayhem and Pelosi’s push to impeach, there’s been little notice given to the perhaps unexpected Trump administration declassification of a highly sensitive national security document that lays out the White House’s strategy for countering China. It was made public late in…

Toyota Halts Production In China Due To Global Semiconductor Shortage

An ongoing global chip shortage has finally started to wreak havoc with the auto industry, which has become far more reliant on semiconductors due to “smart cars”, than it ever has been. On Tuesday, it was reported that Toyota has stopped its factory lines in Guangzhou, China as a result of lack of semiconductors. This comes…

In Latest "Excess Borrowing" Crackdown, China Will Force Fintech Giants To Disclose Consumer Credit Data

One theory that has emerged from Beijing’s crackdown on Jack Ma and his business and fintech empire, is that China’s true intention in bringing China’s richest man to heel was not so much the public humiliation in what has been widely seen as a giant clash of egos between Xi Jinping and Jack Ma, as…

Amid Soaring Food Prices, Vietnam And China Buy Indian Rice For First Time In Decades

By Tyler Durden One month ago, we reported that SocGen’s bearish analyst Albert Edwards, who is traditionally well ahead of the curve, looked at charts of soaring food prices and was starting to “panic.” Edwards’ research report concluded by urging his readers to “keep a very close eye as to whether we see a repeat…

Amid Soaring Food Prices, Vietnam And China Buy Indian Rice For First Time In Decades

One month ago, we reported that SocGen’s bearish analyst Albert Edwards, who is traditionally well ahead of the curve, looked at charts of soaring food prices and was starting to “panic.” Edwards’ research report concluded by urging his readers to “keep a very close eye as to whether we see a repeat of the 2010/11…

China Scrubs Critical Wuhan Lab Data; Deletes 300 Studies – Including Research By 'Batwoman'

The Chinese government has come under fresh scrutiny over accusations that officials scrubbed crucial online data about the Wuhan Institute of Virology – the controversial laboratory suspected of being the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Daily Mail, “hundreds of pages of information” spanning over 300 studies conducted by WIV have been wiped…

China Power Demand Hits Record As Polar Vortex Split Pours Arctic Air Into Region

The Beijing meteorological station recorded one of the coldest temperatures in decades this past week, sending power demand through the roof.  Lei Lei, the chief forecaster for Beijing meteorological station, told China Daily that the first cold wave in 2021 features a “dramatic temperature drop,” “significant wind-chill effect,” and “prolonged period of low temperature.” On Jan. 7, Beijing…

China Seeks Military Base On The Moon In Next Decade: Report

A new report in Newsmax argues that “When it comes to the next phase of space exploration, China has its eyes on domination, placing the U.S. in danger of losing its superiority in technology, economics, and world power.” Multiple foreign policy thinkers and China watchers say “The dramatic new space race includes China’s plans to establish a…