China is easing some of the world’s most stringent anti-COVID controls and authorities say new variants are weaker.
More Chinese cities are easing anti-virus restrictions and police are patrolling their streets as the government tries to defuse public anger over some of the world’s most stringent COVID measures.
China’s ruling Communist Party has vowed to “resolutely crack down on infiltration and sabotage activities by hostile forces.”
Protests against China’s anti-virus controls that have confined millions of people to their homes spread to Shanghai and other cities after complaints the death toll in a fire in China’s northwest might have been worsened by the restrictions.
The southern Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou has locked down its largest district as it tries to tamp down a major COVID-19 outbreak, suspending public transit and requiring residents to present a negative test if they want to leave their homes.
China’s southern metropolis of Guangzhou plans to build quarantine facilities with almost 250,000 beds to help fight surging coronavirus outbreaks.
Everyone in a district of 1.8 million people in China’s southern metropolis of Guangzhou has been ordered to undergo virus testing while a major city in the southwest closed schools as another rise in infections was reported.
Travelers arriving in China will spend less time in quarantine under changes to sweeping anti-virus controls announced Friday to reduce disruptions to the economy and society.
A surge in COVID-19 cases has spurred lockdowns in the southern Chinese manufacturing hub of Guangzhou, adding to financial pressure that has disrupted global supply chains and sharply slowed growth in the world’s second-largest economy.
Police in northeastern China say seven people have been arrested after a clash between residents and authorities who were enforcing COVID-19 quarantine restrictions.
Authorities in southern China have apologized for breaking into the homes of people who had been taken to a quarantine hotel.
Dragon boat festivities have returned in parts of China for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic in late 2019 as restrictions are lifted along with a major drop in COVID-19 cases.
BEIJING (AP) — The driver of a high-speed train in southern China was killed and eight people were injured when two cars derailed early Saturday after hitting a mudslide, state broadcaster CCTV reported.
GUANGZHOU, China (AP) _ Fanhua Inc. (FANH) on Thursday reported a first-quarter loss of $6 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier.
BEIJING (AP) — Allegations of human rights abuses in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region will dominate a visit by the United Nations’ top rights official that began Monday.
The United Nations’ top human rights official will visit China next week on a trip that will take her to the Xinjiang region, where rights groups and some Western governments allege the Chinese government is committing genocide and serious abuses against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities.
GUANGZHOU, China (AP) _ Sino Agro Food Inc. (SIAF) on Tuesday reported a loss of $3 million in its first quarter.
A United Nations team has landed in China ahead of a long-delayed visit by the U.N. human rights chief to Xinjiang.
Anti-virus controls are shutting down some of China’s biggest cities and fueling public irritation as infections rise.
The manufacturing hub of Guangzhou has closed itself to most arrivals as China battles a COVID-19 outbreak in its big eastern cities.
China’s largest city of Shanghai says it will soon begin lifting lockdown in communities that report no positive cases within 14 days after another round of COVID-19 testing.
GUANGZHOU, China (AP) _ Fanhua Inc. (FANH) on Monday reported fourth-quarter profit of $1.7 million.
Chinese authorities have officially declared that there were no survivors in the crash of a China Eastern 737-800 earlier this week with 132 people on board.
A China Eastern Boeing 737-800 with 132 people on board has crashed in southern China in the country’s worst air disaster in nearly a decade.
BEIJING (AP) — China has detected its second case of the omicron variant in a 67-year-old man who tested positive after more than two weeks of quarantine, official media reported Tuesday.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Daniel Hsu, a U.S. citizen, fought for four years to escape China.

The Seattle resident was barred from leaving despite having committed no crime, a pawn in a geopolitical game between two giant superpowers.
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Scottish champion Rangers hired former Netherlands international Giovanni van Bronckhorst as manager on Thursday, replacing Steve Gerrard.
BEIJING (AP) — China’s Huawei Technologies Co. is providing smart services and 5G technology to industries such as healthcare, creating new revenue streams that might offset the damage to its smartphone business from U.S. sanctions.
GUANGZHOU, China (AP) — Fabio Cannavaro has left his position as coach of troubled Chinese powerhouse Guangzhou FC, the club announced Tuesday.
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Former Brazil midfielder Paulinho joined Al-Ahli on a three-year contract, the Saudi Arabian club said Friday.