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Coronavirus-infected lady offers beginning to a wholesome child in China

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A 33-year-old Chinese language lady contaminated with the fatal coronavirus pneumonia has given beginning to a wholesome child woman with out a an infection in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, state media reported on Tuesday.
The Chinese language lady was once on the 37th week of gestation when she gave beginning by means of caesarean to a toddler with a weight of two,730 grams on the 2nd Affiliated Medical institution of Xi’an Jiaotong College in Xi’an, capital of Shaanxi on Monday, Xinhua information company reported.
The baby, whose first nucleic acid take a look at related to the radical coronavirus was once unfavourable, is receiving in depth care and shall be examined once more in the following couple of days to verify the absence of the virus, in keeping with the provincial centre for illness regulate and prevention.
The girl and the child were transferred to the fever ward and neonatal isolation ward, respectively, for follow-up care and remedy. Either one of them are these days in a strong situation, Mr. Liu Ming, director of the scientific management division of the medical institution mentioned.
On February 7, the girl was once transferred from the central medical institution of town of Shangluo to the designated medical institution the place a workgroup consisting of scientific professionals got here up with a chain of remedy plans and made arrangements to verify the security of the affected person and her child, in keeping with Mr. Liu.
Two obstetricians, two anesthesiologists, a midwife, 3 neonatologists and two nurses participated within the cesarean segment.
On Wednesday, a 30-hour-old toddler born in a Wuhan medical institution was the youngest particular person to catch the virus.
CCTV reported the contaminated child could also be a case of “vertical transmission,” regarding infections handed from mom to kid all over being pregnant, childbirth or proper after.
On February 3, the inside track company reported {that a} child born in January to an contaminated mom had examined unfavourable.
The illness is thought to have emerged in December in a Wuhan marketplace that offered wild animals, and unfold all of a sudden.
The demise toll in China’s novel coronavirus outbreak has long gone as much as 1,016 with 108 new fatalities reported most commonly within the worst-affected Hubei province whilst the showed instances of an infection have soared to 42,638, Chinese language well being officers mentioned on Tuesday.
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Hungarian premier receives Chinese COVID-19 vaccine

Hungarian premier receives Chinese COVID-19 vaccine Viktor Orban urges Hungarians to register, join vaccination campaign Mustafa Talha Öztürk | 28.02.2021
BELGRADE, Serbia Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Sunday received the first dose of coronavirus vaccine developed by China's Sinopharm.
"I received the vaccine today, and I am feeling very well. Please register and join the campaign as this is the only possible protection," Orban said on social media.
Hungary on Wednesday became the first European Union member state to use a Chinese vaccine.
The country last week received the first 550,000 doses of the vaccine developed by Sinopharm.
Earlier this month, Hungary also began administering Russia's Sputnik V vaccine, becoming the first among the EU countries.
The country will purchase 5 million doses of vaccine from China and 2 million from Russia in the next four months.

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Chinese investment in Australia plunged by 61% last year, new data shows Foreign investment

Chinese investment in Australia has collapsed, falling 61% in 2020, according to new data from researchers at the Australian National University.
The university’s Chinese Investment in Australia database recorded just more than $1bn of investment in Australia in 2020, down from $2.6bn in 2019 and well short of the peak of $16.5bn in 2016. The drop follows a 47% decrease in 2019.
Australia has had strained economic relations with China since its call for the World Health Organisation to gain weapons inspector style powers in April 2020 was promptly followed by threats of a consumer boycott by China .
Australian exports including coal, wine and beef have since suffered, although declines in some sectors have been offset by booming iron ore prices and volumes.
But according to Dr Shiro Armstrong, the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research director, the decline in Chinese investment is most likely due to Australia’s changed foreign investment settings during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Firb way: finding Australia's sweet spot between blocking China and driving foreign investment Read more In March Australia lowered the threshold for foreign investment reviews to $0 – ensuring every deal would be checked to prevent a fire sale of distressed assets to foreign investors. A new national security test also allows the treasurer to retrospectively cancel deals .
“Foreign capital goes where returns are high,” Armstrong told Guardian Australia. “Part of that calculation is risk-adjusted returns, including what investors see as the best bet in terms of certainty.”
“The investment environment in Australia looks less certain given the extra scrutiny on foreign investment during Covid and the national security test.”
Armstrong said in a downturn countries usually open up to more foreign capital to help distressed assets refinance their debt, but Australia had gone in the opposite direction to prevent assets being snapped up.
“That may sound sensible – but it may not be if that means a lot of them will just go under instead.”
According to the database, just 20 new projects attracted Chinese investment, well down from a peak of 111 in 2016. In 2020 Chinese investment was limited to just three sectors: real estate ($461m), mining ($414m) and manufacturing ($153m).
In 2020, some 86% of Chinese investment in Australia originated from Chinese companies already established within Australia, meaning purchases were made via Australian subsidiaries rather than by foreign firms directly.
Armstrong said in 2020 foreign direct investment fell globally by 42%, according to the United Nations, meaning the fall in Chinese investment in Australia outstripped the global average.
“The UN reports that total foreign investment to Australia fell by 46%, whereas foreign investment to Japan, China , India and some developed countries such as Sweden and Spain rose. Investment to the United States and the United Kingdom plummeted.”
Chinese investment in Australia has been particularly sensitive since the Northern Territory government’s surprise decision to sell the Port of Darwin in 2016 , which the federal Labor party has suggested using new deal cancellation powers to unwind .
Major Chinese deals that have been blocked by the federal government include the proposed sale of Australia’s largest landholder, S Kidman & Co , which comprises 1.3% of Australia’s total land mass; the proposed $600m takeover of Lion Dairy ; and a $300m bid for a major Victorian construction contractor .

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Popyrin fights back to win maiden ATP title in Singapore

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South China Sea: Biden has a chance to allow diplomacy to lead instead of military action

Opinion Mark J. Valencia South China Sea: Biden has a chance to allow diplomacy to lead instead of military action Putting the military cart before the diplomatic horse begets tit-for-tat responses from China that increase militarisation and scare Southeast Asian nations Biden needs to reassess US freedom of navigation operations, clarify American ‘red lines’, reassure Asean and broker a balance of power with China Published: 12:30am, 1 Mar, 2021 Updated: 12:30am, 1 Mar, 2021

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Medical workers take swab samples from spectators before Singapore Tennis Open semifinal

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47 influential democracy activists charged in Hong Kong in China’s biggest crackdown yet under controversial new law

47 influential democracy activists charged in Hong Kong in China's biggest crackdown yet under controversial new law eServicis News
Summary List Placement Dozens of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, including some of the movement's major figures, were charged as part of China's biggest crackdown yet...

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Xi Jinping’s Propaganda Campaign Says Poverty Is Over In China

kathmandu Xi Jinping’s Propaganda Campaign Says Poverty Is Over In China Chengdu-based rights activist Huang Xiaomin said it was true that the Chinese government had invested huge amounts of cash in the most poverty-stricken rural areas, but said the indicators used by the government to measure success weren't easy to map to international standards. "The system they use is independent of global indicators, and its very vague and highly flexible," Huang said. China’s President Xi Jinping addressing the World Economic Forum remotely, Jan. 25, 2021. File photo: AFP/RFA
By N24 Correspondent, KATHMANDU:- The ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is launching a nationwide propaganda effort ahead of the centenary of the party’s founding on July 1, 2021, lauding general secretary Xi Jinping’s “victory” over poverty and ordering officials to watch patriotic TV shows.
An employee of the CCP’s official newspaper, the People’s Daily, said that party newspapers in all localities were recently instructed to work together with the central propaganda department to plan retrospective features and special reports singing the CCP’s praises, according to Radio Free Asia.
Local events will also be mandatory during the month surrounding the anniversary, the employee said.
“There will be events run by party committees and also mass public events to spread propaganda about party history,” the employee said.
“These will go on for more than a month.”
Earlier this month, authorities in the northern port city of Tianjin ordered all party committees in public bodies and state-sector industry to organizing screenings of the patriotic TV series “Crossing the Yalu River,” and to report back on the scheduling of these events by Feb. 18.
Beijing independent commentator Ji Feng said the directive was unsurprising.
“Of course they are going to organize things like this,” Ji said. “We have seen this countless times before from these people.”
He said many people would prefer just to keep a low profile.
“A lot of people aren’t willing to say anything nowadays, unless they are forced to by the party,” Ji said. “If they aren’t roped in to show their loyalty, they would prefer to keep their heads down.”
Ji said the Yalu River series is intended to boost patriotism in China, by emphasizing the relationship with North Korea.
“This stuff is all aimed at the domestic audience, not the U.S.,” he said. “The important thing is the relationship with North Korea.”
Guangzhou-based dissident Wang Aizhong said there has also been a nationwide drive to get party members and officials to study party history.
“They study literary works that propagate party ideology and leaders’ speeches,” Wang said. “These sessions are compulsory.”
“The public isn’t going to actively do this sort of thing, so the party has to use coercive measures to force them,” she said.
Commentators say that a growing personality cult around Xi is also part of the current propaganda strategy, and state media moved into high gear with its praise of his “poverty alleviation” campaign this week.
In a ceremony to celebrate his “complete victory” over poverty on Feb. 25, Xi said his successful campaign to eradicate rural poverty was a key success of China’s authoritarian socialist system.
“The CCP’s leadership and China’s socialist system are the fundamental guarantees against risks, challenges and difficulties,” Xi told assembled guests in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, where he presented medals to people for their role in the campaign.
He hailed the campaign as a “miracle on earth.”
The People’s Daily mentioned Xi’s name 139 times in a commentary of more than two pages lauding the anti-poverty campaign, Reuters reported.
Chengdu-based rights activist Huang Xiaomin said it was true that the government had invested huge amounts of cash in the most poverty-stricken rural areas, but said the indicators used by the government to measure success weren’t easy to map to international standards.
China defines extreme rural poverty as annual per capita income of less than 4,000 yuan (U.S.$620), or about U.S.$1.69 a day at current exchange rates, compared with the World Bank’s global threshold of U.S.$1.90 a day, Reuters reported.
“The system they use is independent of global indicators, and its very vague and highly flexible,” Huang said. “I think those wanting to bask in this glory need to think about whether we can maintain these standards over the next few years.”
Xi also lauded the CCP’s role in setting up the People’s Republic of China and “creating the conditions” for poverty eradication.
However, he didn’t mention the famines of late supreme leader Mao Zedong’s disastrous Great Leap Forward (1958-1961), which left hundreds of millions dead.
Zhou Yuqin, a retired teacher from Shijiazhuang No. 1 Middle School in the northern province of Hebei, said Xi’s claims were “ridiculous.”
“These claims are ridiculous and inexplicable, both the claim to have comprehensively eliminated poverty in just a few days, and the celebration of victory over the coronavirus,” Zhou said.
“They have been manufacturing poverty for the past 70 years during land reforms, the anti-rightist movement, the Great Leap Forward and the great famines,” he said. “They don’t mention that, but they still put on this ridiculous and disgusting charade of self-congratulation.”
Financial analyst Si Ling said that while there has been a substantial increase in the incomes of rural residents in China, much more remains to be done.
“It’s wrong to interpret this increase to mean that the Chinese people have lifted out of poverty, because prices are still rising in China,” he said.
“If income doesn’t grow faster than inflation, then people are actually getting poorer and poorer,” Si said.
Hong Kong-based media monitor the China Media Project (CMP) said in a recent commentary that the poverty alleviation “victory” had been planned from the outset, regardless of the situation on the ground.
“Like any momentous achievement in which the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has invested its legitimacy and standing, this victory was always in the cards,” CMP founder David Bandurski wrote on Jan. 29. “From the moment Xi Jinping pledged to eradicate poverty in 2015, the story had been written.”
“It needed only elaboration – through a vast national network of county and city propaganda offices, and through the dogged work of a media system whose allegiance had already been pledged,” he wrote.
Date: 2/28/2021

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Hungarian premier receives Chinese COVID-19 vaccine

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Sunday received the first dose of coronavirus vaccine developed by China's Sinopharm.
"I received the vaccine today, and I am feeling very well. Please register and join the campaign as this is the only possible protection," Orban said on social media.
Hungary on Wednesday became the first European Union member state to use a Chinese vaccine.
The country last week received the first 550,000 doses of the vaccine developed by Sinopharm.
Earlier this month, Hungary also began administering Russia's Sputnik V vaccine, becoming the first among the EU countries.
The country will purchase 5 million doses of vaccine from China and 2 million from Russia in the next four months.

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Chinese investment to Pakistan tops with $402.8m in 7 months

Chinese investment to Pakistan tops with $402.8m in 7 months February 28, 2021
ISLAMABAD, February 28 (INP): Chinese investment to Pakistan tops with dollar 402.8 million during seven months of the current fiscal year.
According to a report published by Gwadar Pro, China’s vote of confidence in Pakistan’s economy deepens after China stays atop as the sole highest contributor of net foreign direct investment (FDI) when compared to other countries in Pakistan.
The net FDI inflow from China remains at dollar 402.8million which is touted highest in the list of inflows from other countries.
Chinese net FDI pouring comes at a time when overall FDI from other countries dipped by 27 percent during the first seven months of the current fiscal year.
According to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) report, others from where over $100m net FDIs were bagged were the Netherlands and Hong Kong, as they invested $122m and $105m, respectively, during the first seven months of FY21.
The inflows of FDI from the UK (83.8m), the US ($73.5m) and Malta ($60.6m) were also significant during the seven months.
A drastic change in the inflows from Norway affected the overall inflow of FDI this year. The SBP data shows that during the seven months of the previous fiscal year, the inflow from Norway was $288.5m.
While in the seven months of the current financial year a net outflow of $25.8m was noted instead of any inflow from the Scandinavian country.
Meanwhile, with Chinese investment tend, the inflow of remittances being sent by the overseas Pakistanis, national kitty becomes healthy.
Remittances during the seven months of the current fiscal year were up by 24pc as the country received $16.5bn.
Trust of Chinese investors is blossoming as out of a total of 117 foreign companies registered in SECP, the maximum belonged to China in 2020.
The report added, other investors hailed from Australia, Germany, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Lebanon, Mozambique, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Syria, Turkey, the UAE, the UK and the US.
The highest number of companies was registered in Islamabad (628), followed by Lahore (625) and Karachi (349).
SECP has registered 1,956 new companies in November 2020, indicating an increase of 41% as compared to the corresponding period of last year.
The power sector attracted the highest investment of $475.8m against $373m in the same period of last financial year; an increase of 27.6 per cent.
Within the power sector, coal power attracted the highest investment as the inflow reached $271m compared to $233m in the same period of FY20. The hydel power attracted $111m and thermal received $93.9m.
The financial business (banks) attracted slightly higher FDI compared to last fiscal as it received $181.3m against $178.9m in the same period of last fiscal year.
In the oil and gas exploration sector, the inflow declined to $136.7m compared to $186.5m last year.
The sector has been attractive for the investors but the slow growth in this sector reflects the declining interest of the investors.
The trade sector noted vital change as it attracted $118m compared to just $22.3m in the same period of last fiscal year.
The FDI in electrical machinery dropped to $70.5m compared to $133.2m in the previous year.
Financial sector experts said despite all-out efforts and incentives, exports grew slowly while foreign investment could see a change once the country exits the FATF grey list.
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