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Omicron Tests China’s ‘Zero-Tolerance’ COVID Approach Weeks Ahead of Beijing Olympics

Most access to a major city adjacent to Beijing was suspended Thursday as China tried to contain an outbreak of the highly contagious Omicron variant, which poses a test to its “zero-tolerance” COVID-19 policy and its ability to successfully host the..

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Badiucao Explains How China Exports Its Propaganda and Censorship to the West

On New Year’s Eve Badiucao, a famous Chinese dissident artist, was landing in Melbourne on his way back from Italy, where the Chinese government had severely pressuerd his exhibition in Brescia. Currently, the so-called Chinese Banksy, is in self-exi..

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Business

Betel Nut Smuggling From Myanmar to India Booming: Report

Yesterday, The Irrawaddy magazine published a short article detailing a sudden boom in the smuggling of areca nut from Myanmar into India. According to the report, the illicit trade in the stimulant, which is often known as betel nut, is currently su..

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World

US states to host simulated ‘guerilla war’

Residents in two US states were told to watch out for “occasional flares” and mock gunfire as the military gears up for “realistic” combat drills The US military is set to hold expansive combat drills across North and South Carolina, warning residen..

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Nearly half of Ontario’s ‘Covid-19 patients’ admitted for reasons unrelated to virus

Canadian province to start differentiate between coronavirus patients and Covid-19 positive patients admitted for other reasons Canada’s Ontario province has acknowledged that many of the people reported to be hospitalized with Covid-19 were actuall..

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Biden backs calls to abolish key Senate procedure

US president openly backs abolishing the Senate 60-vote rule to force passage of Democrats’ two “voting rights” bills US President Joe Biden has called for the Senate to change the rule requiring 60 votes to move a bill forward, saying it was the on..

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Myanmar Teak Exports to US Continuing Despite Sanctions: Watchdog

American companies continue to import teakwood from military-ruled Myanmar in apparent violation of U.S. sanctions, an advocacy group said in a report released yesterday. Justice for Myanmar (JFM), a Myanmar-based human rights group, found that U.S. ..

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Environmental Issues Take Precedence in ASEAN’s Sustainable Finance Taxonomy

In November, a group of ASEAN sectoral bodies known as the ASEAN Taxonomy Board (ATB) released its first version of the ASEAN Taxonomy for Sustainable Finance, an initial proposal for a sustainability classification system intended to apply across th..

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Former Xinjiang Security Official Takes Charge of Hong Kong Garrison

China’s military says the former head of internal security in the Xinjiang region will lead the People’s Liberation Army’s garrison in Hong Kong, in the latest of a series of moves aimed at bringing the semiautonomous city under Beijing’s tight contr..

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Cases jump in suspected Omicron outbreak in Henan

Another 58 local Covid-19 infections, possibly linked to the outbreak of the Omicron variant in Tianjin, have been reported in Anyang City, in the north of Henan Province.The Xinhua News Agency said 84 locally-transmitted cases have now been confirme..

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Man Utd hold off Villa to progress in FA Cup

Ralf Rangnick admitted Manchester United were far from perfect despite getting a much-needed 1-0 win over Aston Villa to reach the fourth round of the English FA Cup.Scott McTominay headed home the only goal after just eight minutes, but Villa were l..

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Will China’s Railway in Laos Help Bolster Its ‘Soft Power’?

If “soft power” refers to the power of attraction, then a country needs connectivity channels through which it can attract foreign audiences. These channels can be sociocultural, political, ideological, or economic, the latter being perhaps the most ..

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