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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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
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.
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.
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.