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Hong Kong shut down by Typhoon Kompasu, second severe storm to lash the city in less than a week

At least seven people were injured and one death tentatively being blamed on Typhoon Kompasu as it lashed Hong Kong on October 12-13, 2021. It was the second major storm to hit the city in less than a week. Classes were cancelled, trading suspended and much of the city shut down as a result of the storm.

At least seven people were injured and one death tentatively being blamed on Typhoon Kompasu as it lashed Hong Kong on October 12-13, 2021. It was the second major storm to hit the city in less than a week. Classes were cancelled, trading suspended and much of the city shut down as a result of the storm.

Hong Kong shut down by Typhoon Kompasu, second severe storm to lash the city in less than a week
13 Oct 2021 - 5:06PM
Why do so many people join China’s communist party?

Since its founding 100 years ago, the Communist Party of China has grown from only about 50 members to a membership of more than 95 million, meaning one in every 15 people in China is a member. As the nation’s only governing body in China, the CCP controls almost every aspect of life – from the government and army, to society and business. The Post explains how and why so many people want to join the Communist Party. 

Since its founding 100 years ago, the Communist Party of China has grown from only about 50 members to a membership of more than 95 million, meaning one in every 15 people in China is a member. As the nation’s only governing body in China, the CCP controls almost every aspect of life – from the government and army, to society and business. The Post explains how and why so many people want to join the Communist Party. 

Why do so many people join China’s communist party?
11 Sep 2021 - 8:50AM
Hong Kong's revamped electoral system bolsters pro-Beijing influence in key decision-making bodies

China has restructured Hong Kong's electoral system to give loyalist parties a greater majority in two key decision-making bodies: the Election Committee and the Legislative Council. The Election Committee responsible for picking Hong Kong's leader has been granted new powers to send 40 representatives to the city's Legislative Council, which has been expanded from 70 to 90 seats. A committee will also be formed to determine candidates' eligibility to run in local elections, using information provided by the police's national security unit, with no judicial review or appeal of the decision allowed. Opposition activists say the changes will quash dissent and snuff out democracy in the former British colony. But the government says the moves are vital for Hong Kong's long-term stability.
 

China has restructured Hong Kong's electoral system to give loyalist parties a greater majority in two key decision-making bodies: the Election Committee and the Legislative Council. The Election Committee responsible for picking Hong Kong's leader has been granted new powers to send 40 representatives to the city's Legislative Council, which has been expanded from 70 to 90 seats. A committee will also be formed to determine candidates' eligibility to run in local elections, using information provided by the police's national security unit, with no judicial review or appeal of the decision allowed. Opposition activists say the changes will quash dissent and snuff out democracy in the former British colony. But the government says the moves are vital for Hong Kong's long-term stability.
 

Hong Kong's revamped electoral system bolsters pro-Beijing influence in key decision-making bodies
14 Jul 2021 - 5:31PM
China joins elite club of countries that have reached Mars

After seven months of space travel and three months in Mars’ orbit, China’s Tianwen-1 unmanned spacecraft successfully deployed its rover Zhu Rong onto the red planet on May 15, 2021. China has become only the third country in the world to safely land a rover on Mars. Its mission is to explore Mars’ landscape, as well as study its surface and atmosphere.

After seven months of space travel and three months in Mars’ orbit, China’s Tianwen-1 unmanned spacecraft successfully deployed its rover Zhu Rong onto the red planet on May 15, 2021. China has become only the third country in the world to safely land a rover on Mars. Its mission is to explore Mars’ landscape, as well as study its surface and atmosphere.

China joins elite club of countries that have reached Mars
20 Jun 2021 - 8:00AM
Is cryptocurrency too risky for China?

For more than a decade, huge fortunes have been made and lost in the world of cryptocurrency. While China has played a big role in the cryptocurrency boom, Beijing has been tightening its grip on the volatile market in recent years because of concerns it could disrupt the economy. Raymond Yeung, economist, and author of China’s Trump Card: Cryptocurrencies and its game changing role in Sino-US trade, says market volatility is only one reason state regulators do not view cryptocurrency as a legitimate form of payment. 

For more than a decade, huge fortunes have been made and lost in the world of cryptocurrency. While China has played a big role in the cryptocurrency boom, Beijing has been tightening its grip on the volatile market in recent years because of concerns it could disrupt the economy. Raymond Yeung, economist, and author of China’s Trump Card: Cryptocurrencies and its game changing role in Sino-US trade, says market volatility is only one reason state regulators do not view cryptocurrency as a legitimate form of payment. 

Is cryptocurrency too risky for China?
27 May 2021 - 4:15PM
What do we know so far about the Covid-19 variants?

As many countries continue to struggle with rising numbers of Covid-19 infections and deaths, the UN World Health Organization has classified four variants of the disease as a cause for concern. The variants have been shown to have higher transmissibility or come with more severe symptoms. But it’s still not clear how these variants emerged and exactly how much more deadly they are.

As many countries continue to struggle with rising numbers of Covid-19 infections and deaths, the UN World Health Organization has classified four variants of the disease as a cause for concern. The variants have been shown to have higher transmissibility or come with more severe symptoms. But it’s still not clear how these variants emerged and exactly how much more deadly they are.

What do we know so far about the Covid-19 variants?
12 May 2021 - 2:50PM
SCMP Explains: How did Myanmar’s military become so powerful?

On February 1, 2021, Myanmar’s military junta detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and deposed her democratically elected government. The generals accused Suu Kyi and members of her party, the National League for Democracy, of election fraud. Soon after, the military announced a one-year state of emergency, with power handed to the head of the military, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

On February 1, 2021, Myanmar’s military junta detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and deposed her democratically elected government. The generals accused Suu Kyi and members of her party, the National League for Democracy, of election fraud. Soon after, the military announced a one-year state of emergency, with power handed to the head of the military, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

SCMP Explains: How did Myanmar’s military become so powerful?
23 Apr 2021 - 8:05AM
The rise of Chinese smartphones

Chinese smartphones were once thought of as cheaply made, unreliable and not very durable. But in recent years, Chinese smartphone brands have made large inroads to take a bigger share of the global market. The Chinese models have earned a reputation for being powerful yet affordable, and because they support advanced 5G networks across the budget range. Major brands from other countries have struggled to price their phones as low as their Chinese competitors do. As a result, top Chinese smartphone brands such as Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo are seeing growth in worldwide smartphone shipments to the point that they now provide stiff competition to the likes of Apple and Samsung across the range of smartphone models.

Chinese smartphones were once thought of as cheaply made, unreliable and not very durable. But in recent years, Chinese smartphone brands have made large inroads to take a bigger share of the global market. The Chinese models have earned a reputation for being powerful yet affordable, and because they support advanced 5G networks across the budget range. Major brands from other countries have struggled to price their phones as low as their Chinese competitors do. As a result, top Chinese smartphone brands such as Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo are seeing growth in worldwide smartphone shipments to the point that they now provide stiff competition to the likes of Apple and Samsung across the range of smartphone models.

The rise of Chinese smartphones
17 May 2021 - 3:17PM
Hiking Hong Kong’s MacLehose Trail

Hong Kong’s first and longest hiking route, the MacLehose Trail, was opened on October 26, 1979. It was named after the city’s longest-serving colonial governor, Sir Murray MacLehose, an avid hiker who established the city’s country parks. In 2016, the 100km (62 mile) path was listed as one of the world’s best hikes by the National Geographic Society. This year, the beloved trail was embraced by even more hikers amid the Covid-19 pandemic, which caused border closures and the suspension of travel. Follow in the footsteps of Mark Agnew, South China Morning Post reporter, to explore the stunning and spectacular views on Hong Kong’s most popular hiking trail.

Hong Kong’s first and longest hiking route, the MacLehose Trail, was opened on October 26, 1979. It was named after the city’s longest-serving colonial governor, Sir Murray MacLehose, an avid hiker who established the city’s country parks. In 2016, the 100km (62 mile) path was listed as one of the world’s best hikes by the National Geographic Society. This year, the beloved trail was embraced by even more hikers amid the Covid-19 pandemic, which caused border closures and the suspension of travel. Follow in the footsteps of Mark Agnew, South China Morning Post reporter, to explore the stunning and spectacular views on Hong Kong’s most popular hiking trail.

Hiking Hong Kong’s MacLehose Trail
9 Apr 2021 - 11:08AM
Travel diary: 14 days in quarantine in mainland China

South China Morning Post graphic artist Han Huang travelled from Hong Kong to the Chinese mainland to visit her family in late November 2020. But the journey became a trip unlike any she had taken before, because the nation was embroiled in a fight against a resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic. This is her story about navigating China’s strict border protocols and 14 days in quarantine.

South China Morning Post graphic artist Han Huang travelled from Hong Kong to the Chinese mainland to visit her family in late November 2020. But the journey became a trip unlike any she had taken before, because the nation was embroiled in a fight against a resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic. This is her story about navigating China’s strict border protocols and 14 days in quarantine.

Travel diary: 14 days in quarantine in mainland China
21 Mar 2021 - 7:00PM
Two sessions: China’s parliament plans an overhaul of Hong Kong’s electoral system

Changes to Hong Kong's political system will be comprehensive. They cover the membership of the committee that selects Hong Kong's top leader; how lawmakers are elected to the city's legislature and tighter vetting of potential candidates.

Changes to Hong Kong's political system will be comprehensive. They cover the membership of the committee that selects Hong Kong's top leader; how lawmakers are elected to the city's legislature and tighter vetting of potential candidates.

Two sessions: China’s parliament plans an overhaul of Hong Kong’s electoral system
7 Mar 2021 - 12:26PM
SCMP Explains: How does the Chinese Communist Party operate?

The Communist Party of China has been the dominant political entity running the nation since 1949. During that time, the body also known as the Chinese Communist Party has led the country from a poor, insular existence to a role as a global economic powerhouse. But along the way, the party has kept a tight grip on power and quashed any form of dissent. The Post explains how the Communist Party works and how it runs China.
 

The Communist Party of China has been the dominant political entity running the nation since 1949. During that time, the body also known as the Chinese Communist Party has led the country from a poor, insular existence to a role as a global economic powerhouse. But along the way, the party has kept a tight grip on power and quashed any form of dissent. The Post explains how the Communist Party works and how it runs China.
 

SCMP Explains: How does the Chinese Communist Party operate?
19 Apr 2021 - 1:02PM
SCMP Explains: China’s five-year plans that map out the government priorities for development

China’s ruling Communist Party lays out its road map for developing the country economically and socially through a series of five-year plans. The policies touch every aspect of Chinese life, but even these comprehensive blueprints are often affected by unforeseen factors.
 

China’s ruling Communist Party lays out its road map for developing the country economically and socially through a series of five-year plans. The policies touch every aspect of Chinese life, but even these comprehensive blueprints are often affected by unforeseen factors.
 

SCMP Explains: China’s five-year plans that map out the government priorities for development
1 Mar 2021 - 5:53PM
Who has the upper hand in the India-China border dispute?

In 2020, relations between India and China fell to their lowest point in several decades after a deadly clash in a disputed border region in northwestern India and China’s southwest. The two Asian powers clashed over the Line of Actual Control (LAC). One of the most hotly disputed border zones in the world, the LAC demarcates Indian-controlled territory and Chinese-held areas. There is also bilateral friction in several other border areas, most notably in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. China’s annual defence budget of US$261 billion is more than triple India’s US$71 billion, but is China’s war chest big enough for Beijing to ensure it would inflict a knockout blow in a full-blown conflict?

In 2020, relations between India and China fell to their lowest point in several decades after a deadly clash in a disputed border region in northwestern India and China’s southwest. The two Asian powers clashed over the Line of Actual Control (LAC). One of the most hotly disputed border zones in the world, the LAC demarcates Indian-controlled territory and Chinese-held areas. There is also bilateral friction in several other border areas, most notably in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. China’s annual defence budget of US$261 billion is more than triple India’s US$71 billion, but is China’s war chest big enough for Beijing to ensure it would inflict a knockout blow in a full-blown conflict?

Who has the upper hand in the India-China border dispute?
21 Jan 2021 - 10:27AM
SCMP Explains: Hong Kong’s Tracker Fund

US sanctions barring American investors from owning or trading in stocks allegedly owned or controlled by the Chinese military could deal a serious financial shock to millions of retail investors and pensioners in Hong Kong. The Tracker Fund, the biggest and most popular exchange-traded index fund in the city, has a dramatic U-turn within three days on its investment in several major Chinese-owned firms to its portfolio, because it is managed by a US-based company that must abide by the sanctions. 
 

US sanctions barring American investors from owning or trading in stocks allegedly owned or controlled by the Chinese military could deal a serious financial shock to millions of retail investors and pensioners in Hong Kong. The Tracker Fund, the biggest and most popular exchange-traded index fund in the city, has a dramatic U-turn within three days on its investment in several major Chinese-owned firms to its portfolio, because it is managed by a US-based company that must abide by the sanctions. 
 

SCMP Explains: Hong Kong’s Tracker Fund
15 Jan 2021 - 10:05PM
Coronavirus: South Korea sees surge in suicide rate among young women during the Covid-19 pandemic

South Korea has seen a rise in the number of young women taking their own lives since the Covid-19 pandemic began to sweep across the country. National Police Agency data shows a more than 40 per cent rise in suicides among women in their 20s between January and June 2020, compared with the same period in 2019, an increase which some experts have said is related to the coronavirus. Job losses amid the pandemic have been blamed for putting extra pressure on young people, with women disproportionately affected. Women are also more likely to be employed in the hotel, retail and food services sectors which have been hardest hit by restrictions to fight Covid-19. The Post has taken an in-depth look at some of the reasons the pandemic appears to have taken a relatively heavy toll on young South Korean women.

South Korea has seen a rise in the number of young women taking their own lives since the Covid-19 pandemic began to sweep across the country. National Police Agency data shows a more than 40 per cent rise in suicides among women in their 20s between January and June 2020, compared with the same period in 2019, an increase which some experts have said is related to the coronavirus. Job losses amid the pandemic have been blamed for putting extra pressure on young people, with women disproportionately affected. Women are also more likely to be employed in the hotel, retail and food services sectors which have been hardest hit by restrictions to fight Covid-19. The Post has taken an in-depth look at some of the reasons the pandemic appears to have taken a relatively heavy toll on young South Korean women.

Coronavirus: South Korea sees surge in suicide rate among young women during the Covid-19 pandemic
1 Feb 2021 - 11:09AM
The places that successfully contained Covid-19 and why others are not following their lead

Health authorities are warning of surges in Covid-19 infections as the winter holiday season approaches in the northern hemisphere and case numbers in many areas reach record daily highs. Some countries and regions have managed to successfully contain the spread of the coronavirus that causes the disease. Here is a look at containment measures that have worked and why more governments are not modelling the success stories.
 

Health authorities are warning of surges in Covid-19 infections as the winter holiday season approaches in the northern hemisphere and case numbers in many areas reach record daily highs. Some countries and regions have managed to successfully contain the spread of the coronavirus that causes the disease. Here is a look at containment measures that have worked and why more governments are not modelling the success stories.
 

The places that successfully contained Covid-19 and why others are not following their lead
10 Dec 2020 - 10:33PM
Why has the relationship between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan taken a turn for the worse?

Relations between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan have steadily grown more tense since 2016 when Tsai Ing-wen from the Taiwanese independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party became the self-ruled island’s president. Cross-strait tensions have only intensified since her re-election in January 2020, and because of a hardened US stance toward Beijing that has seen Washington step up its support for Taipei. News of American proposals to sell more advanced weaponry to Taiwan has been countered with word that Beijing is upgrading missile bases on its southeast coast, reportedly to prepare for a possible invasion. 

Relations between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan have steadily grown more tense since 2016 when Tsai Ing-wen from the Taiwanese independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party became the self-ruled island’s president. Cross-strait tensions have only intensified since her re-election in January 2020, and because of a hardened US stance toward Beijing that has seen Washington step up its support for Taipei. News of American proposals to sell more advanced weaponry to Taiwan has been countered with word that Beijing is upgrading missile bases on its southeast coast, reportedly to prepare for a possible invasion. 

Why has the relationship between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan taken a turn for the worse?
19 Mar 2021 - 3:08PM
Hong Kong opposition lawmakers to resign en masse over Legislative Council disqualifications

Hong Kong's opposition politicians announced they will resign en masse after four lawmakers from their camp were unseated on November 11, 2020, minutes after China's National People's Congress Standing Committee passed a resolution giving local authorities the power to remove politicians without having to go through the city's courts. The lawmakers included Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu, Kwok Ka-ki and Dennis Kwok from the Civic Party and Kenneth Leung of the Professionals Guild. They were previously barred from running in the Legislative Council elections, which were later postponed until September 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic. The 15 remaining opposition politicians said they would hand in letters of resignation on November 12.
 

Hong Kong's opposition politicians announced they will resign en masse after four lawmakers from their camp were unseated on November 11, 2020, minutes after China's National People's Congress Standing Committee passed a resolution giving local authorities the power to remove politicians without having to go through the city's courts. The lawmakers included Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu, Kwok Ka-ki and Dennis Kwok from the Civic Party and Kenneth Leung of the Professionals Guild. They were previously barred from running in the Legislative Council elections, which were later postponed until September 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic. The 15 remaining opposition politicians said they would hand in letters of resignation on November 12.
 

Hong Kong opposition lawmakers to resign en masse over Legislative Council disqualifications
11 Nov 2020 - 10:01PM
As it happened: US Election 2020

As the 2020 US Presidential election unfolded, various US media outlets projected the winner of each state, tallying up the Electoral College votes as they went along. The pathway to securing 270 Electoral College votes to win the presidency took many dramatic turns in an election that remains contentious.

As the 2020 US Presidential election unfolded, various US media outlets projected the winner of each state, tallying up the Electoral College votes as they went along. The pathway to securing 270 Electoral College votes to win the presidency took many dramatic turns in an election that remains contentious.

As it happened: US Election 2020
10 Nov 2020 - 7:06PM
The US Electoral College: how does it work and why does it exist?

The Electoral College system used to elect the US president and vice-president is often criticised for being too complicated and out of date. It took centre stage in America’s 2016 elections, when Donald Trump was elected president despite having nearly 3 million fewer votes than his opponent. So how does the US Electoral College system work and why does it exist? 
 

The Electoral College system used to elect the US president and vice-president is often criticised for being too complicated and out of date. It took centre stage in America’s 2016 elections, when Donald Trump was elected president despite having nearly 3 million fewer votes than his opponent. So how does the US Electoral College system work and why does it exist? 
 

The US Electoral College: how does it work and why does it exist?
23 Oct 2020 - 7:00AM
China and India: How economically linked are they?

The Covid-19 pandemic is having a huge impact on the economies of China and India, countries normally noted for their relatively high levels of growth. But a tense military stand-off in a disputed mountainous border region, which led to a confrontation in June 2020 that reportedly left 20 Indian soldiers dead, has put the two powers on an economic collision course. After New Delhi banned over 200 Chinese apps including TikTok and PUBG, many Chinese companies were rethinking business investments with their neighbour. Amid questions about the future of the economic relationship between the nations, the Post asks, just how interdependent are the economies of China and India?

The Covid-19 pandemic is having a huge impact on the economies of China and India, countries normally noted for their relatively high levels of growth. But a tense military stand-off in a disputed mountainous border region, which led to a confrontation in June 2020 that reportedly left 20 Indian soldiers dead, has put the two powers on an economic collision course. After New Delhi banned over 200 Chinese apps including TikTok and PUBG, many Chinese companies were rethinking business investments with their neighbour. Amid questions about the future of the economic relationship between the nations, the Post asks, just how interdependent are the economies of China and India?

China and India: How economically linked are they?
16 Oct 2020 - 3:37PM
How successful was Hong Kong’s coronavirus mass testing programme?

After Hong Kong was blindsided by a third wave of Covid-19 infections, the city’s government joined forces with authorities on the Chinese mainland to identify carriers of the coronavirus. Hong Kong’s first Universal Community Testing Programme (UCTP) started on September 1, 2020, and ran for a fortnight. The citywide testing programme cost the Hong Kong government an estimated HK$530 million (US$68 million). It ultimately identified just 42 new Covid-19 infections among the 1.78 million people who registered to be tested. So, did the results justify the time and resources put into the project?

After Hong Kong was blindsided by a third wave of Covid-19 infections, the city’s government joined forces with authorities on the Chinese mainland to identify carriers of the coronavirus. Hong Kong’s first Universal Community Testing Programme (UCTP) started on September 1, 2020, and ran for a fortnight. The citywide testing programme cost the Hong Kong government an estimated HK$530 million (US$68 million). It ultimately identified just 42 new Covid-19 infections among the 1.78 million people who registered to be tested. So, did the results justify the time and resources put into the project?

How successful was Hong Kong’s coronavirus mass testing programme?
9 Oct 2020 - 8:11PM
Deadly clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan reignite over Nagorno-Karabakh

Fierce fighting broke out in Nagorno-Karabakh on September 27, 2020. 
The disputed territory is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan, but is a de facto independent state with an Armenian ethnic majority. Dozens of people have been reported killed and hundreds wounded in what have been the worst clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan since the 1990s. Fighting continues, and leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan have refused to hold peace talks despite urgent appeals from Russia, the US and other countries calling for the two sides to stop escalating the conflict.
 

Fierce fighting broke out in Nagorno-Karabakh on September 27, 2020. 
The disputed territory is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan, but is a de facto independent state with an Armenian ethnic majority. Dozens of people have been reported killed and hundreds wounded in what have been the worst clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan since the 1990s. Fighting continues, and leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan have refused to hold peace talks despite urgent appeals from Russia, the US and other countries calling for the two sides to stop escalating the conflict.
 

Deadly clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan reignite over Nagorno-Karabakh
1 Oct 2020 - 11:17AM
Hong Kong’s ethnic minority groups struggle as city battles Covid-19 and recession

Tens of thousands of Hongkongers have been left struggling to make ends meet after the Covid-19 pandemic hit the city on the heels of months of anti-government protests. Among the hardest hit are members of ethnic minority communities, including many who were already struggling with lower than average pay before the crisis. Since losing her job in April 2020, Sangita has been struggling to make ends meet as she takes  care of her family.

Tens of thousands of Hongkongers have been left struggling to make ends meet after the Covid-19 pandemic hit the city on the heels of months of anti-government protests. Among the hardest hit are members of ethnic minority communities, including many who were already struggling with lower than average pay before the crisis. Since losing her job in April 2020, Sangita has been struggling to make ends meet as she takes  care of her family.

Hong Kong’s ethnic minority groups struggle as city battles Covid-19 and recession
21 Sep 2020 - 9:36AM
Explained: the history of China’s territorial disputes

China shares over 22,000 kilometres (13,670 miles) of border with 14 countries, but Beijing has disputes with many of its neighbours over where some of these international lines are drawn. The various territorial claims, citing history, politics and geography, have resulted in clashes and occasionally, outright military confrontations. Land borders aside, China also says its territory includes nearly all of the South China Sea, despite competing claims to parts of those waters made by many Southeast Asian countries. As tensions rise between China and the United States, Beijing has adopted a more aggressive attitude, pledging to defend China's “sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

China shares over 22,000 kilometres (13,670 miles) of border with 14 countries, but Beijing has disputes with many of its neighbours over where some of these international lines are drawn. The various territorial claims, citing history, politics and geography, have resulted in clashes and occasionally, outright military confrontations. Land borders aside, China also says its territory includes nearly all of the South China Sea, despite competing claims to parts of those waters made by many Southeast Asian countries. As tensions rise between China and the United States, Beijing has adopted a more aggressive attitude, pledging to defend China's “sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

Explained: the history of China’s territorial disputes
19 Mar 2021 - 3:09PM
Six months after WHO declared Covid-19 a public health emergency, what more do we know now?

The World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on January 30, 2020, when the illness was a pneumonia of unknown origin that was spreading in China. About six months later, more than 17 million people have been infected with the disease in at least 213 countries and regions and over 650,000 have died. While scientists now know a great deal more about Covid-19, plenty of unanswered questions remain. 
 

The World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on January 30, 2020, when the illness was a pneumonia of unknown origin that was spreading in China. About six months later, more than 17 million people have been infected with the disease in at least 213 countries and regions and over 650,000 have died. While scientists now know a great deal more about Covid-19, plenty of unanswered questions remain. 
 

Six months after WHO declared Covid-19 a public health emergency, what more do we know now?
30 Jul 2020 - 10:40PM
What started Hong Kong's third Covid-19 wave?

For months, Hong Kong was seen as an example of how a community could successfully contain Covid-19. The city was quick to isolate and trace infections and implemented measures to keep the public safe, moves which kept the number of cases relatively low. But after three weeks of zero local infections, Covid-19 cases in the city started to soar and Hong Kong entered its "third wave." So what happened to change things so suddenly?

For months, Hong Kong was seen as an example of how a community could successfully contain Covid-19. The city was quick to isolate and trace infections and implemented measures to keep the public safe, moves which kept the number of cases relatively low. But after three weeks of zero local infections, Covid-19 cases in the city started to soar and Hong Kong entered its "third wave." So what happened to change things so suddenly?

What started Hong Kong's third Covid-19 wave?
31 Jul 2020 - 9:22AM
DJI Osmo Action, Robomaster S1 and Roborock S6: Our favorite gadgets of 2019

We run through the best Chinese tech gizmos of the year!

We run through the best Chinese tech gizmos of the year!

DJI Osmo Action, Robomaster S1 and Roborock S6: Our favorite gadgets of 2019
27 Dec 2019 - 12:10PM
Chinese tech startups are targeting emerging markets to make their mark

Startups seek success in Southeast Asia, India and Africa as China’s tech scene becomes too crowded

Startups seek success in Southeast Asia, India and Africa as China’s tech scene becomes too crowded

Chinese tech startups are targeting emerging markets to make their mark
20 Sep 2019 - 9:11AM