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After an Astonishing Year, Chinese See a Brighter Post-COVID Future 
January 26, 2023

After an Astonishing Year, Chinese See a Brighter Post-COVID Future 

By John D. Van Fleet
There is a palpable sense of relief in China now that the days of zero COVID are over.

Asia Travel Hotspots Quiet as Chinese Tourists Stay Away
January 25, 2023

Asia Travel Hotspots Quiet as Chinese Tourists Stay Away

By Tassanee Vejpongsa and Elaine Kurtenbach
Bali and Chiang Mai are the busiest they have been since the pandemic struck three years ago, but they're still relatively quiet.
Bali Welcomes Chinese Flight After Long COVID-19 Hiatus
January 23, 2023

Bali Welcomes Chinese Flight After Long COVID-19 Hiatus

By Sebastian Strangio
Indonesian authorities are hoping that the return of Chinese visitors will mark the beginning of the end for the island's long COVID-19 slump.

China’s Missing COVID-19 Data
January 20, 2023

China’s Missing COVID-19 Data

By Johanna M. Costigan and Jin Ye
Center-local dynamics are incentivizing a cover-up of China’s COVID-19 statistics well before they reach the public.

China Reports 60,000 COVID-related Deaths
January 18, 2023

China Reports 60,000 COVID-related Deaths

By Joe McDonald
Those numbers may still underestimate the toll, though the government said the "emergency peak" of its latest surge appears to have passed.

China Halts Visas for Japan, South Korea in COVID-19 Spat
January 11, 2023

China Halts Visas for Japan, South Korea in COVID-19 Spat

By Ken Moritsugu
China's move appeared to be retaliation for “discriminatory entry measures” against Chinese travelers amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.

With High Hopes, Thailand Welcomes Chinese Tourists’ Return
January 10, 2023

With High Hopes, Thailand Welcomes Chinese Tourists’ Return

By Chalida Ekvitthayavechnukul and Tied McLeod Ji
In 2019, before the pandemic, around 11 million Chinese visited Thailand each year. 
How Beijing Accidentally Ended the Zero COVID Policy
January 07, 2023

How Beijing Accidentally Ended the Zero COVID Policy

By Zhuoran Li
China’s central government aimed to modify the zero COVID policy incrementally following the 20th Party Congress. What went wrong?

Thailand Says COVID-19 Tests Not Needed From Chinese Tourists
January 06, 2023

Thailand Says COVID-19 Tests Not Needed From Chinese Tourists

By Sebastian Strangio
Thai officials are projecting that 5 million Chinese nationals will visit in 2023, buoying the recovery of the country's tourism sector.

North Korea Likely to Lift Pandemic Border Restrictions in 2023
January 06, 2023

North Korea Likely to Lift Pandemic Border Restrictions in 2023

By Sangsoo Lee
North Korea’s quest to strengthen its military power will require financial backing – which means reopening borders for trade and migrant workers. 

China Threatens Response to ‘Unacceptable’ COVID-19 Testing Measures
January 04, 2023

China Threatens Response to ‘Unacceptable’ COVID-19 Testing Measures

By Ken Moritsugu
Beijing sharply criticized decisions by several countries (including the U.S., France, and Australia) to require COVID tests for new arrivals from China.
From Zero to All-Out COVID: The Power of the Politburo’s Standing Committee
December 30, 2022

From Zero to All-Out COVID: The Power of the Politburo’s Standing Committee

By Bonnie Girard
Ultimately, the choice was Xi's, but his colleagues on the Standing Committee of the Politburo wield extraordinary power, collectively and individually.

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