Covid in China, and Much More, Week 1 Update

What's new in China's updated COVID diagnosis and treatment guideline - CGTN

China further updated its COVID-19 diagnosis and treatment protocol on Friday, making changes such as adding a positive antigen test result as a criteria for determining a COVID-19 case.


Chinese health official tells it straight on status quo of battle against Covid (

Recently Jiao Yahui, head of the Bureau of Medical Administration under the National Health Commission, and Tong Chaohui, Vice President of Beijing Chaoyang Hospital and Director of Beijing Institute of Respiratory Diseases gave the most comprehensive interview to date on the status quo of China’s battle against Covid.

The duo gave mostly straight, informative answers and did not shy away from the problems China is facing. Your host thought it would be useful to present their views on Beijing Channel. The interview is slightly abridged for a better reading experience.


The best music to come out of China in 2022 – The China Project

Below, in no particular order, are some of the most notable records to come out of China in 2022, ranging from hip-hop and funk to post-punk and avant-garde.


Full Text: 2023 New Year Address by President Xi Jinping (

There is no doubt that 2022 will be a historic year for China. The complete text of Chinese President Xi Jinping's New Year's message has just been made public and can be found below.


Inside China’s global wig capital (

In Central China's Henan Province, a city called Xuchang made its name in the world through the hair business. Xuchang produces over 50 percent of the world's wigs and hair extensions and has over 300,000 local residents working in the industry. The city thus gained a nickname, the wig capital. Since the 1990s, the expanding local population has provided labor and human hair sources for the wig industry, and at one time, it was a common scene for girls there to sell their hair to hair collectors in exchange for money to help their families.


Episode 32: The Culture and Passion of Chinese Food (

Hello, Happy New Year, and welcome back to What China Wants. In today’s episode we look at what is probably the first aspect of Chinese culture that most people around the world encounter: its food. China’s cuisine is far more than its taste, and is a window on the country’s history and its society - something we explore in this episode.


China performs economic U-turn to boost growth - OMFIF

We do not know how high-level economic decisions are arrived at in China, but the outcome was an economic U-turn on various fronts. The first one was to award equal roles to the state sector and private sector, with market-orientated policy re-emerging. Next was the resolution of the real estate sector by finishing property which was already paid for, rather than keeping the economy afloat by paying back bank loans. The private funds tied up in unfinished property construction prevented private consumption from picking up.

Another U-turn was made on private tutoring. This had been subjected to stringent controls with many providers forced out of business. They have been welcomed back to resume their work.

Finally, a special offensive to boost exports was started. The government provides chartered planes to fly Chinese business executives to main export destinations, such as the UK, Germany, France, Japan and South Korea.


Wu Jinglian, prominent pro-market economist, on China's economic reforms (

Wu Jinglian is one of China’s most prominent and influential pro-market economists. Recently, he wrote a preface to the second edition of《中国经济改革进程》China's Economic Reform Process published by the Encyclopedia of China Publishing House, where he reviewed not only the 40-plus years of reform but also its lessons for what China faces today.

The preface has been published in a number of outlets, including Caixin, where it is dated December 15, 2022. Below is a translation.



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This compilation is put together by DeLisle Worrell, President of the ABCF. Previous