Chinese President Xi Jinping names ally to head public security ministry

BEIJING (BLOOMBERG) – China installed Mr Wang Xiaohong as minister of public security, handing a former colleague of President Xi Jinping control of the nation’s hard power before a twice-a-decade leadership congress. Mr Wang, 64, was appointed last Friday (June 24), according to a statement posted on the website of the National People’s Congress, and […]

Shanghai’s leader calls tough Covid-19 curbs ‘correct’

SHANGHAI (BLOOMBERG) – Shanghai’s leader declared victory in defending the financial hub against Covid-19. He said the two-month lockdown was “completely correct”. Shanghai “broke the repeated stalemate of the epidemic, realised and consolidated the fruits of dynamic clearance in society, and won the battle to defend Shanghai,” Mr Li Qiang said at the city’s Communist […]

UK PM Johnson faces prospect of bruising by-election defeats

A sign thanks visitors for visiting, outside Tiverton in south west England, on June 10, 2022, ahead of the Tiverton and Honiton by-election on June 23. (GEOFF CADDICK / AFP) TIVERTON/WAKEFIELD, England – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson could this week lose two parliamentary seats that once illustrated his broad appeal, showing his declining popularity […]