Blinken cancels China trip over suspected spy balloon – Chinese province ends ban on unmarried people having children – Czech Republic intensifies relations with Taiwan angering China
Welcome back to What's Happening in China. In this first edition of the New Year of the Rabbit, we'll delve into the impact of Secretary of State Blinken's postponed trip to Beijing after a Chinese spy balloon was spotted over the US, Czechia's President-elect's call with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, Sichuan province's drop of restrictions on unmarried people having children, and so much more.
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Members of Parliament have unanimously called on Ottawa to start a refugee program to resettle 10,000 Uyghurs fleeing persecution in China.
China’s Covid Tsunami Recedes, Bringing Relief, Grief and Anxiety – The New York Times
Officials say an onslaught of infections has slowed, and many people seem eager to move on. But fresh flare-ups could bring more illness and deaths.
Local governments in China are looking for new uses for the makeshift quarantine facilities built during the pandemic, after years of strict Covid Zero rules left many authorities strapped for cash.