ZGBriefs

ZGBriefs is for those who want and need to keep up on what is happening in China, but don’t have the time to monitor and track it all. We monitor more than 50 different news sources and curate the most relevant and interesting stories out of China each week. Topics include government, religion, society, economics, education, travel, and language, and books.

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ZGBriefs | August 4, 2022

Confucius through Christian Eyes: Kenneth Scott Latourette and Charles E. Farhadian (August 2, 2022, Global China Center) Whether Confucianism is, or has ever been, a religion is a consideration that has been hotly debated for centuries, with evidence for and against its religious nature presented by those who answer either “Yes” or “No.”

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ZGBriefs | July 28, 2022

China approves Genuine Biotech's HIV drug for COVID patients (July 25, 2022, Reuters) The availability of effective COVID vaccines and treatments is crucial in laying the groundwork for China's potential pivoting from its "dynamic COVID zero" policy, which aims to eliminate every outbreak - however small - and relies on mass testing and strict quarantining.

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ZGBriefs | July 21, 2022

What inflation? China’s peppercorn purveyors are feeling the heat (July 15, 2022, The New York Times) (subscription required) The Sichuan peppercorns are ripe here in southwestern China, with a spicy, minty fragrance emanating from the rows of scrubby trees.

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ZGBriefs | July 14, 2022

China’s Top 10 Most Livable Cities, According to Chinese Youth (July 9, 2022, Radii China) Last week, China’s biggest lifestyle platform Xiaohongshu published a study revealing the factors that impact young Chinese people’s decisions on where to live in the country. Changsha, a city in Central China known for its underground scene, tops the list.

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ZGBriefs | July 7, 2022

Exclusive: Pope hopes China deal on bishops will be renewed soon (July 5, 2022, Reuters) Pope Francis said that while the Vatican's secret and contested agreement with China on the appointment of Roman Catholic bishops is not ideal, he hopes it can be renewed in October because the Church takes the long view.

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ZGBriefs | June 30, 2022

China cuts travel quarantine but retains zero-Covid approach (June 29, 2022, CNN) On Tuesday, the National Health Commission said incoming visitors need only spend seven days at a quarantine facility and three days at home.

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ZGBriefs | June 23, 2022

20 Things We Learned from China’s 7th Census (June 17, 2022, Sixth Tone) There’s a lot to explore in this data, but here’s some of the first things we noticed, from an improving sex ratio to the tiny group of households who reported five generations sharing a single room.

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ZGBriefs | June 16, 2022

China is encouraging college graduates to work in the countryside (June 13, 2022, CNN) China is urging college graduates to seek jobs in the countryside as youth unemployment in urban areas soars to the highest level in history.

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ZGBriefs | June 9, 2022

Why the sparsely-populated South Pacific islands have become the next US-China contest (June 6, 2022, CNN) The island nations that stretch across the South Pacific – sparsely populated atolls and volcanic archipelagos, known more for tourism than lucrative natural resources – may not seem, at first glance, to be a major geopolitical prize. Yet, Pacific Island countries have become the latest arena for a great power contest between the United States and China.

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ZGBriefs | June 2, 2022

"Runology:” How to "Run Away" from China (June 1, 2022, Council on Foreign Relations) China's forever lockdowns have caused some to look for a radical solution: to emigrate, or run away from what they see as a lost future in China.