The approval comes during reprieve from tsunami of infections but another wave could be on the way after Lunar New Year migration.
Jens Stoltenberg is expected to meet South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during trip.
Studying abroad has always been seen as a stepping stone to emigration and the pandemic has made graduates more eager to explore that option.
President Joe Biden has extended special treatment for US-based Hongkongers, citing ‘compelling foreign policy reasons’.
In video address to CELAC Summit, China’s president says world ‘is in a new period of turbulence and transformation’ and challenges need solidarity and closer cooperation.
Reports of a trip to the island by the new US House speaker have sparked more concerns about US-China relations.
Experimental jab is similar to more effective foreign vaccines and is designed to target the Omicron variant.
Vice-Premier Sun Chunlan says Covid-19 prevention efforts ‘stable and orderly’, citing steady decrease in severe infections, but data firm predicts another peak as people travel for family gatherings.
Infectious disease specialist Zhang Wenhong and China CDC chief epidemiologist Wu Zunyou will join the CPPCC.
Vice-Premier Liu He tells the World Economic Forum that China is getting back to normal more quickly than expected after lifting its zero-Covid policies last month.
Foreign ministry spokesman says Beijing is making arrangements for US secretary of state’s visit but does not confirm dates, while Politico reports Blinken will meet Chinese counterpart Qin Gang in early February.
Almost 99 per cent of Chinese respondents said they had received or were willing to get a booster shot in international study.
Former envoy to Washington will visit Ethiopia, Gabon, Angola, Benin and Egypt during week-long tour.
By lumping asymptomatic and mild cases together, Beijing gave people the ‘wrong expectation’, experts say.
Sewage surveillance in cities with suitable conditions to be started on an ‘explorative’ basis, State Council task force notice says.
Evaluation under way to accurately calculate fatality rate, as China denies under-reporting deaths from the virus.
Participating hospitals will take samples from patients for genome sequencing and analysis as part of move to living with the virus.
Instead of general tracing, aim is to improve cluster reports for key places to keep watch for outbreaks and virus mutations, China CDC says.
Getting Omicron is ‘not scary’ and boosting vaccination is ‘a key step’ now, according to Zhong Nanshan.
It’s been welcomed by foreign investors and raised hopes the borders will soon reopen, but there is also uncertainty over a potential surge in cases.
Beijing allows positive cases to quarantine at home as State Council issues new nationwide instructions to protect health and keep social and economic impacts to a minimum.