Giant pandas celebrate 50 years of US-China program

The most famous inhabitants of the National Zoo in Washington, DC celebrated half a century of panda diplomacy with China on Saturday, marking the occasion with a cake made from frozen fruits and vegetables. The first pair of giant pandas – Ling Ling and Hsing Hsing – arrived at the National Zoo in April 1972, … Read more

Chinese astronauts land in the Gobi Desert after six months in space

Three Chinese astronauts returned to Earth on Saturday after six months aboard their country’s new orbital station in the longest crewed mission to date for the ambitious Chinese project space program. The Shenzhou 13 space capsule landed in the Gobi Desert in the northern region of Inner Mongolia, broadcast live on state television. During the … Read more

China holds military drills as US lawmakers visit Taiwan; Senator Lindsay Graham says Beijing must ‘pay a higher price’

China said its military drills were held on Friday to bolster its threat to use force to bring Taiwan under its control, as visiting US lawmakers in Taiwan made an explicit and public statement of their support for island democracy. autonomous while issuing a warning to China. The six lawmakers met with Taiwanese President Tsai … Read more

Sinking of the Moskva: Ukrainian missile or accidental firing – what really happened to the Russian warship?

CNN — The Russian guided missile cruiser Moskva rests deep under the Black Sea this morning. Whether he is there as a victim of Ukrainian missiles, Russian incompetence, bad luck or some combination of the three is unclear. What is certain, however, is that the biggest warship loss in 40 years will raise troubling questions … Read more

Shanghai COVID lockdown lifted for some, but millions remain trapped as China sticks to strict ‘zero-COVID’ policy

Tokyo – The US State Department has ordered all non-emergency consular personnel to leave ChinaShanghai, the world’s largest city, as the global trading hub enters its third week of lockdown in response to a surge in COVID-19[feminine] case. The U.S. Embassy in Beijing said it was ordering the departure due to the outbreak in Shanghai … Read more

Shanghai COVID lockdown lifted for some, but millions remain trapped as China sticks to strict ‘zero-COVID’ policy

Tokyo – The US State Department has ordered all non-emergency consular personnel to leave ChinaShanghai, the world’s largest city, as the global trading hub enters its third week of lockdown in response to a surge in COVID-19[feminine] case. The U.S. Embassy in Beijing said it was ordering the departure due to the outbreak in Shanghai … Read more

China quietly paid US social media influencers to tout the Beijing Winter Olympics

Washington – A “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” TV star, Paralympic swimmer and self-proclaimed “brand king” were among Instagram and TikTok influencers who were paid by Chinese officials for a low-key campaign promoting the Games Beijing Winter Olympics, New Justice Ministry documents reveal this. The social media posts were pushed to a variety of popular … Read more

Premarket: Recession-proof stocks are having a moment

A version of this story first appeared in CNN Business’ Before the Bell newsletter. Not a subscriber ? You can register here. You can listen to an audio version of the newsletter by clicking on the same link. London CNN Business — Investors fear that the risks of recession are increasing in the United States. … Read more

China says Russia cannot be blamed for ‘disturbing’ civilian deaths in Ukraine until ‘full picture is clear’

beijing – China said Wednesday that footage of civilian deaths in the Ukrainian town of Bucha is “deeply disturbing”, but that no blame should be assigned until the full facts are known. New evidence of what appeared to be large-scale civilian massacres following the Russian withdrawal from Kyiv areas could complicate Beijing’s attempts to guide … Read more

China says Russia cannot be blamed for ‘disturbing’ civilian deaths in Ukraine until ‘full picture is clear’

beijing – China said Wednesday that footage of civilian deaths in the Ukrainian town of Bucha is “deeply disturbing”, but that no blame should be assigned until the full facts are known. New evidence of what appeared to be large-scale civilian massacres following the Russian withdrawal from Kyiv areas could complicate Beijing’s attempts to guide … Read more