COVID Concerns Prompt China to Abandon Role as AFC Cup Host

On Saturday, China officially withdrew from its role as the host of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup. The quadrennial event, which brings together 24 national soccer teams from across Asia, was originally...

EU, China Hold Deadlocked Dialogue on Ukraine, Other Issues

On April 1, leaders of the EU and China met over videoconference for their first summit since 2020. Delayed last year after a fight over tit-for-tat sanctions, the meeting was hoped to calm geopolitical tensions between the two...

Cowed By Regulators, China’s Tech Giants Toe The Line

After Chinese regulators proposed sweeping antitrust regulations and took the unprecedented step of halting the IPO of Alibaba-affiliated Chinese fintech giant Ant Group earlier this month, major tech companies in China are...

Private Airline Tiptoes Around State Goliaths

Reuters interviews Wang Zhenghua, the owner of China’s biggest private budget carriers, and reports on his philosophy for surviving in a state-dominated sector: “You have to take it a bit slowly, rather than being too...

Ancient Pastime Has Some Chinese Bug-eyed – Barbara Demick

From The Los Angeles Times: Before the 2nd National Cricket Singing Competition begins, the master of ceremonies issues a stern warning to contestants. “Don’t let your cricket take drugs. Anybody caught cheating will be disqualified.” The performers are lined up in glass bottles that look like big salt shakers. Some have socks around the bottom […]

China service expands as American Airlines flies non-stop from Chicago – Barbara De Lollis

From USA Today (link): U.S. airline competition for China has heated up. Fort Worth-based American Airlines on Sunday began flying daily Chicago-Shanghai flights, marking the first service ever to China by the world’s largest carrier. American’s daily 14-hour, non-stop flight creates direct competition with United Airlines‘ 2-year-old service on the route, and underscores the frenzy […]

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