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  1. Animal rights groups have welcomed a ban on eating cats and dogs in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen but say more should be done to enforce the laws and close loopholes.Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong, will ban all wildlife consumption from May 1. The restriction includes animals raised as pets, making it the first Chinese city to ban the eating of cats and dogs.The new law applies to all wild-caught and captive-bred wild land animals, as well as animals that are raised for display,…
  2. Soon after the central Chinese city of Wuhan went into lockdown two months ago, the central government fast-tracked a ban on the trade and consumption of wildlife.The coronavirus that has killed tens of thousands around the world first emerged in the city and many of the early patients were linked to the Huashan Seafood Wholesale Market, which sold wild animals.Research suggests that the virus came from bats, and likely went through an intermediate host, possibly pangolins, before reaching…
  3. Tens of thousands of people who spent the last two months locked down in Wuhan were preparing to leave the city to return to jobs in other parts of the country after the unprecedented restrictions on movement were lifted on Wednesday.The ban was lifted two weeks after a similar relaxation in the rest of Hubei province, which has a population of 60 million, roughly the size of Italy’s.People can now leave the city if they have been given a clean bill of health and much of the city’s transport…
  4. Authorities in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou are investigating a possible series of community transmissions of coronavirus in its “Little Africa” district after five Nigerians who tested positive were linked to a city restaurant.The infections, centred on Kuangquan Street in Yuexiu district, has raised an alarm in a city that has so far reported only 463 cases of Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.Guangzhou officials reported on Tuesday that the city had 111 imported cases…
  5. China last year became the world leader in international patent filings, unseating the United States which had held the top spot for more than four decades, the UN said Tuesday.A record 265,800 international patent applications were filed last year, a 5.2 per cent increase on 2018, the World Intellectual Property Organisation said in its annual report.Its complex system of registering international patents involves multiple categories.In the main category – the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) –…
  6. A growing number of Chinese cities have joined the race to hand out prepaid vouchers in an effort to revive spending amid the coronavirus outbreak, but there is still little sign that the Beijing is willing to make direct cash payments to consumers.At least 30 cities across China are issuing vouchers to residents for specific products, although the total amount of 5 billion yuan (US$704 million) represents less than 0.01 per cent of total retail sales in 2019.Private consumption accounted for…
  7. Chinese agencies and diplomatic missions have been targeted by hackers through their virtual private network (VPN) servers in a coordinated cyber espionage campaign, at a time when many governments and global organisations are more vulnerable than ever to security breaches due to remote working arrangements amid the pandemic, according to a report by a leading Chinese cybersecurity provider.Both domestic Chinese agencies and diplomatic missions in countries including Italy, the UK, North Korea…
  8. When Liu Yilin, a retired middle schoolteacher in Wuhan, first heard rumours of a highly contagious disease spreading in the central Chinese city he started to stock up on supplies such as rice, oil, noodles and dried pork and fish.These preparations spared the 66-year-old from some of the early panic when the city went into lockdown in late January and shoppers flooded to the markets and malls to snap up supplies.But as time went on and with residents banned from leaving their homes, he became…
  9. China’s short-term goal of pulling its economy out of the trouble created by the coronavirus pandemic is in danger of exacerbating the existing pressure on its national pension system already strained by an ageing population.Beijing announced in February that businesses could reduce or even stop contributions to provincial pension funds amid the outbreak in an effort to help them weather the current economic storm.This is part of a concentrated effort by governments at all levels with China’s…
  10. Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang has been barred from uniting with his family and friends after being released from prison on Sunday, raising concerns of de facto house arrest after serving more than 4½ years in jail for state subversion.Wang was sent to his former residence in the eastern city of Jinan after he was released from prison in Linyi, Shandong province, in eastern China on Sunday.The 44-year-old has not been allowed to be reunited with his family at their home in the…