Keith B. Richburg

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Arriving travelers line up for coronavirus tests at Changshui International Airport in Kunming, China, on Aug. 8. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has relaxed its covid guidelines, dropping recommendations for quarantining, social distancing and regular daily school testing. Thailand has downgraded the coronavirus to the same category as the flu. The European Union has ended its emergency phase of the pandemic, and restaurants and bars are packed again. Australia and New Zealand have fully opened to tourists.

The pandemic might not be over, but most of the world is moving on. Yet there is one conspicuous exception: China.

Other countries are shifting to living with the virus, but China’s Communist rulers are sticking to their strict anti-epidemic policy known as “dynamic zero covid”.…  Seguir leyendo »

Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., son of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, delivers a speech during a campaign rally in Lipa, Batangas province, Philippines, on April 20. (Eloisa Lopez/Reuters)

When Philippine dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos landed in Hawaii in 1986 after being toppled in Manila’s “People Power” revolution, he and his entourage brought with them everything that was left to plunder.

They came with $300,000 in gold bars, bearer bonds worth another $150,000, countless pearl strands, a $12,000 jewel bracelet with the price tag still attached, and 22 crates of freshly minted Philippine pesos, at the time valued at around $1 million. On top of this were documents — a treasure trove of 2,000 pages outlining the extent of Marcos’s mass looting, including hidden ownership of at least four Manhattan skyscrapers and properties in Long Island and New Jersey.…  Seguir leyendo »

Chinese President Xi Jinping casts his vote during the closing session of the National People's Congress in Beijing on March 11. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

This was supposed to be Chinese President Xi Jinping’s year of triumph.

A successful Winter Olympics were staged in Beijing. China’s economy was set to come roaring back following the pandemic. July marks the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China, and Xi was widely expected to make a celebratory visit to the territory. And capping it off this fall would be the Communist Party congress and his reappointment to an unprecedented third term.

But now China is grappling with its worst covid-19 outbreak since 2020 and its first reported virus deaths in a year, precipitating a series of lockdowns in Jilin province and the economic powerhouse cities of Shanghai and Shenzhen.…  Seguir leyendo »

Podría haber parecido una buena idea que el 4 de febrero, justo antes del inicio de los Juegos Olímpicos de Invierno de Pekín, el presidente chino, Xi Jinping, firmara un nuevo acuerdo de amistad “sin límites” con su homólogo ruso, Vladimir Putin.

Después de todo, los dos países comparten un enemigo que perciben como común: Estados Unidos. También comparten el temor a una amenaza similar: por parte de Putin, el “cerco” de la Organización del Tratado del Atlántico Norte (OTAN) y, por parte de Xi, los intentos de “contención” de China por parte de la alianza Estados Unidos-Reino Unido-Australia, conocida como AUKUS.…  Seguir leyendo »

Election workers empty a ballot box to count votes at a polling station for the legislative elections in Hong Kong on Dec. 19. (Vincent Yu/AP)

Lately, there have been two contradictory messages coming out of China. They have both been used to explain the Chinese leadership’s view of the country’s rivalry with the United States and the political makeover underway in Hong Kong, which just held carefully controlled elections for a new pro-Beijing local legislature.

The first message is that Western democracy is dead or dying and that China’s top-down, centrally directed socialist system is the model of the future. According to this view, democracies of the West have proved to be messy and chaotic, and fraught with violence, racism, rule by wealthy elites and rampant individualism.…  Seguir leyendo »