Beijing’s vaccine reversal a sign of competing interests between national and municipal govts

BEIJING – In a national first, Beijing last week announced that those who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 would not be allowed into certain crowded spaces, including libraries, galleries and gyms. But the decision was quietly backtracked a day later after a small but intense backlash from residents, with the state-backed Beijing Daily reporting […]

Beijing and Shanghai log zero Covid-19 cases after four months

BEIJING (BLOOMBERG) – China’s two largest cities have contained Covid-19 following a bruising four-month fight that saw millions of residents locked in their homes, exhaustive testing and restrictions on daily life that impacted every facet of society and the economy. The capital and financial hub both recorded zero new locally-transmitted Covid infections for Monday (June […]

Record numbers of Chinese graduates enter worst job market in decades

BEIJING (REUTERS) – Ms Jenny Bai was among 10 high-performing computer science students from different Chinese universities selected by a Beijing-based internet firm for a job upon graduation, following four rounds of arduous interviews. But last month, the company told the students their contract offers were cancelled due to Covid-19 headwinds and the bad state […]