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 | September 24, 2020

China to allow foreigners with valid residence permits to enter from Sept 28 (September 23, 2020, Reuters) China’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday foreigners with valid residence permits can enter the country without needing to re-apply for visas from Sept. 28. Foreigners whose residence permits expired after March 28 can apply for visas at Chinese embassies and consulates for entry, the ministry said in a statement on its website.

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ZGBriefs | September 17, 2020

State Department lowers China travel advisory but warns of 'arbitrary detentions and exit bans' (September 14, 2020, USA Today) The U.S. Department of State lowered its advisory for China on Monday, from level 4 ("Do not travel") to level 3, urging Americans to reconsider any travel to that country.

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ZGBriefs | September 10, 2020

China doubles down against foreign teachers spreading Christianity (September 6, 2020, South China Morning Post). New foreign hires will also have to complete 20 hours of political indoctrination covering China’s development, laws, professional ethics and education policies.

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ZGBriefs | September 3, 2020

In China, the ‘Great Firewall’ Is Changing a Generation (September 1, 2020, Politico) Once it seemed inevitable that the internet would create a more open society. Now it’s fostering young nationalists.

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ZGBriefs | August 27, 2020

Life on the Slow Train: Views of a Vanishing China  (August 21, 2020, Sixth Tone)First built in the 1950s, the iconic green trains are a relic of another age, differing in almost every way from the sleek high-speed rail cars replacing them. Tickets are dirt-cheap. The carriages are crowded, chaotic, and stifling in the summer […]

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ZGBriefs | August 20, 2020

How to cook rice: in Asia, it’s no laughing matter (August 16, 2020, South China Morning Post) Rice, in Asia, is serious business. The culturally diverse region eats a variety of rice – Basmati rice, Jasmine rice, multigrain rice or Japonica rice and more – and cooks it in different ways

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ZGBriefs | August 13, 2020

China’s Days as World’s Factory Are Over, IPhone Maker Says (August 12, 2020, Bloomberg, via Yahoo! News) A key supplier to Apple Inc. and a dozen other tech giants plans to split its supply chain between the Chinese market and the U.S., declaring that China’s time as factory to the world is finished because of the trade war.

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ZGBriefs | August 6, 2020

For Wuhan’s COVID Mourners, Little Has Been Laid to Rest (July 30, 2020, ChinaFile) As the outbreak began to recede in the city this spring, many angry relatives of the disease’s first victims found themselves looking for outlets for their feelings of loss and sense of injustice.

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ZGBriefs | July 30, 2020

China is home to 18 of the 20 most surveilled cities in the world (July 27, 2020, Inkstone News) Beijing has the most CCTV cameras installed of any city in the world and Taiyuan, the capital of the central province of Shanxi, has the most cameras per person.

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ZGBriefs | July 23, 2020

China Considers New Rules, Mandatory Trainings for Foreign Teachers (July 20, 2020, Sixth Tone) Foreign teachers could be fired for “harming China’s national sovereignty” or “engaging in religious education,” according to a recent draft regulation from the central government.