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With High Hopes, Thailand Welcomes Chinese Tourists’ Return

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

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

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

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

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

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.

China Limits How It Defines COVID-19 Deaths in Official Count

China Limits How It Defines COVID-19 Deaths in Official Count

By Huizhong Wu and Dake Kang
Unlike in most countries' official reporting, deaths that occur in patients with pre-existing illnesses are not counted among China's COVID-19 deaths.
Decoding China’s COVID-19 Policy U-Turn

Decoding China’s COVID-19 Policy U-Turn

By Brian Wong
Current discussions often highlight the role of the vocal protests in late November in shifting China's COVID zero policy. But the shift had already begun in early November. 

New South Wales’ Pandemic Fines Shed Light on Policing Problems

New South Wales’ Pandemic Fines Shed Light on Policing Problems

By Dechlan Brennan
The NSW government’s “law and order” response to the COVID-19 pandemic led to significant fines on those least able to pay up.

Has Xi Averted a ‘Winter of Discontent’ in China?

Has Xi Averted a ‘Winter of Discontent’ in China?

By Dan Macklin
Ending “zero COVID” is Beijing’s best option, but it comes at the worst possible time.

China Begins Implementing Relaxed COVID Control Measures

China Begins Implementing Relaxed COVID Control Measures

By Associated Press
The National Health Commission scrapped many of China's most stringent anti-pandemic regulations, including routine, mandatory PCR testing.
Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Says China Unrest Won’t Alter Regime

Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Says China Unrest Won’t Alter Regime

By Barry Hatton
The recent unrest in several Chinese cities is “a big deal,” Ai acknowledges. But he calls for “realistic thinking” about the protests.

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