"I know Cheng Lei, but not especially well and Mike Smith in Shanghai had only met her once in his life," he said. "We didn't seem like the two most logical people you would talk to, if you really wanted to talk about her situation. … [Read more...] about Cheng Lei: China says journalist ‘endangered national security’
"In 2008 the air quality data was considered a state secret. The government was in a denial stage for years until 2013 when those huge episodes happened, and then they started to say 'This is real now'. Because of [prioritising] economic interest over public health interest, the way they implement the existing air quality regulations is very inefficient. … [Read more...] about What is China doing to tackle its air pollution?
Levels of PM2.5, the smallest and deadliest smog particles, rose as high as 303 micrograms a cubic metre in some parts of Beijing on Saturday, and could top 500 in coming days - more than 20 times the level considered safe by the World Health Organization. … [Read more...] about China pollution: Factories closed by Beijing smog
As well as limits on construction and schools - which were advised to close if they did not have good air filtration systems - cars are only permitted to drive on alternate days, with the day depending on whether a car's number plate ends in an odd or even number. Officials promised additional public transport to cope with demand. … [Read more...] about China pollution: First ever red alert in effect in Beijing
In the midst of a dangerous pandemic, the world's two superpowers are locked in an escalating war with multiple fronts. By fighting over media, the origin of the coronavirus, and technology and trade, the US and China are competing to prove the superiority of their own political model. … [Read more...] about China to restrict US journalists from three major newspapers