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China Correspondent BBC, formerly Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 如果你也曾经穿过那道看不见的界限并且在没有颜色的街道上找不到可以停留的地方请你一定回来告诉我。P.K.14 baffling bozos since the beginning.
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Apr 26 5 tweets 5 min read
Late last night #Beijing officials announced that mass #Covid testing would spread beyond #Chaoyang to other parts of the city + that by 8pm Monday 3.69 million people had been tested, that 526,457 results were already in and that they were all negative. #China Today #Beijing added another 33 official new #Covid infections but, if I’m correctly understanding the government’s language, all of them were already in isolation. Does this means the millions of tests yesterday have not yet identified extra cases in the community here? #China
Apr 24 13 tweets 10 min read
Officials in #Beijing saying that #Omicron has potentially been spreading in the community here over recent weeks, with dozens of official new infections in various places with lots of contacts. #Chaoyang district requiring #Covid tests before people can go to work Monday. Panic buying has already hit #Beijing, as people fear a #Shanghai-style lockdown in this city. #China #Covid.
Apr 22 7 tweets 5 min read
In #Shanghai, officials have announced more lockdown measures in an attempt to rein in the #Covid outbreak which has paralysed #China’s financial hub for more than a month. Some entire communities will be temporarily shifted in order to disinfect all their homes. These people are being moved and their homes disinfected even if they’ve not tested positive. Those who have tested positive and are waiting for a spot in a mass quarantine centre will have an alarm placed on their door to ensure they do not go outside. #Shanghai #Covid
Apr 19 4 tweets 2 min read
Tip for journos in #UK covering the proposal to send asylum seekers to other countries: the experience in #Australia has been that these off shore detention camps became secret. Although paid for by Australian taxpayers, access to the sites was almost impossible for reporters. #Nauru, for example, charged an astronomical non-refundable journalist application fee & almost never granted the applications. Successive governments of #Australia then blamed the private companies running the centres and overseas governments for ill treatment of asylum seekers.
Apr 4 14 tweets 7 min read
#HongKong’s leader Carrie Lam has announced she won’t “run” for another term (ie won’t be selected by a Communist Party approved committee). This means she will be retiring soon and a new leader will be appointed. Carrie Lam will be known as the leader who instigated the 2019 political crisis in #HongKong by trying to push through a massively unpopular law allowing for extradition to mainland courts controlled by the Communist Party. She then governed as the upheaval got worse. #China
Apr 2 15 tweets 11 min read
#Covid lockdown #Shanghai looks like something from a post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie… #China. Given the growing #Covid infection numbers in #Shanghai, the government’s current “Zero Covid” approach must surely mean a lot more lockdown time for the city’s 25 million residents. #China
Mar 20 6 tweets 4 min read
After #Japan invaded #China if I had refused to call this an invasion or even a war and I repeatedly said all sides should simply “exercise restraint” would this have been on “the right side of history”? What about #Germany invading #Poland? news.cgtn.com/news/2022-03-2… Serious question for the government of #China: could you explain precisely how you expect a country being invaded to “exercise restraint”? If #Ukraine “exercises restraint” there will be no #Ukraine. No? #UkraineRussiaWar #Russia
Mar 18 4 tweets 5 min read
Winter’s last hurrah in #Beijing. Snow coming down to cover the city before the weather turns warm again next week. #China ImageImageImageImage The snow is really coming down now in #Beijing. #China ImageImageImage
Mar 15 10 tweets 9 min read
#China today has city-wide #Covid lockdowns in place in #Shenzhen (12.5 million people), #Dongguan (10.5 million), #Langfang (5.5 million) + a province-wide lockdown in #Jilin (24 million residents). Also quasi-lockdown provisions, in #Shanghai (26 million) & #Xian (13 million). In addition, there are #Covid restrictions in cities right across #China from localised housing community lockdowns to the closure of bars and restaurants, schools shifting to online classes etc. Many cities also carrying out mass testing.
Mar 4 4 tweets 2 min read
The whataboutism hitting social media from those who can’t bear to criticise Vladimir Putin for invading another country and bombing civilian communities is something to behold. Even a child can understand that one evil act doesn’t excuse another. It’s pretty simple. For example, here’s what they’re making excuses for... #UkraineRussiaWar
Mar 1 6 tweets 6 min read
#China’s Embassy in #Ukraine says it’s now started to get groups of Chinese citizens out of the country. #Russia #UkraineRussiaWar That China is only getting its people out now could in mean 1: #Beijing initially felt it was important not to upset #Russia by prematurely getting Chinese people out of Ukraine or 2: #China did not expect #Moscow to attack all of #Ukraine?
Feb 28 5 tweets 5 min read
In #Beijing today Foreign Ministry Spokesman Wang Wenbin told a regular press briefing that #Russia and #China are "strategic partners" but not "allies". He said China would not interfere in the #Ukraine crisis. Asked if #China was neutral in terms of the #UkraineRussiaWar, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Wang Wenbin said: "China is always on the side of peace and justice". #Russia #Ukraine
Feb 28 5 tweets 5 min read
#China’s Communist Party media is promoting a statement from #Russia’s Embassy in #Beijing. The statement refers to the “Neo Nazi’s” who “seized power in #Ukraine” in 2014 and how the Government in Kyiv “launched a war on its own people”. The message from #Russia’s embassy in #China says that Russia’s forces are now “taking necessary actions to end the pain” of Russian speaking people in #Ukraine’s east. It calls on the world not to assist the “neo Nazi” government in #Kyiv.
Feb 26 5 tweets 4 min read
#China’s #Ukraine embassy has changed its instructions to its citizens inside the war-torn country. As I reported a few days ago, it was telling people to ‘post a Chinese flag on their car and "help one another out" while showing "China's strength"’. bbc.co.uk/news/world-asi… Now #China’s #Ukraine Embassy is advising its citizens there: “do not freely reveal your identity or display identifying signs”. No flags? I wonder if #Beijing is worried about blowback on Chinese people there once word spreads that it has refused to criticise the invasion etc?
Feb 11 4 tweets 3 min read
What a disgraceful piece of garbage the Communist Party’s dirt rag the Global Times is. Anyone who works there should feel ashamed of themselves. Oh my god! I (wait for it) blocked a follower. The Govt here blocks all of Twitter because it distrusts Chinese people you imbeciles. If people are interested in #China’s media, the best is Sixth Tone, Caixin etc and the absolute worst is the Global Times. Imagine a gutless, toilet paper tabloid with no ethics, then you give it the bully power of #China’s Communist Party... there you have the @globaltimesnews
Feb 11 5 tweets 3 min read
What it’s like for the lucky spectators who can get a ticket for the #Beijing2022 Winter Olympics. I’ll take you in... bbc.co.uk/news/world-asi… If you have a read of this piece I hope you get a sense of how cool and nice the #Beijing2020 Olympic volunteers are, as with the spectators I met. Such a pity these Games & #Tokyo last year had to be held in a time of Rona and that more people couldn’t participate. #China
Feb 11 4 tweets 2 min read
Following the latest co-ordinated Olympic attack campaign by trolls and gaggle of other D-grade apologists (like the Bike Riding Bozo) I’ll be limiting responses to my tweets for a bit. Sorry about that for normal people. And here is yet another “wolf warrior wannabe” diplomat fuelling harassment of foreign correspondents in #China. In this case me. Note that the Foreign Ministry here is supposed to be responsible for the wellbeing of international journalists based in China.
Feb 11 8 tweets 1 min read
Did anyone just see the amount of air which Hirano Kaishu got in the snowboard half pipe. Insane! These half-pipe blokes are amazing. They’re nutcases. ;-)
Feb 9 15 tweets 10 min read
Here we go again! Big morning coming up at #Beijing2022 Winter Olympics. #China Image Passing the mascots on the way. #Beijing2022 #China Image
Jan 24 7 tweets 6 min read
After a weekend of mass #Covid testing in #Beijing, there is a lot more today. Whole housing communities are being told to be tested, in some cases twice in two days. Officials at one compound told me this was not because of infected residents but as a precaution. #China Some context: #Beijing’s Games in 2022 compared to the atmosphere in 2008. #China. “Two Olympics and two very different Chinas” bbc.co.uk/news/world-asi…
Jan 24 4 tweets 2 min read
Beijing 2022 vs 2008: Two Olympics and two very different Chinas... a piece by me. bbc.co.uk/news/world-asi… Interested to hear from others in #China who were also here in 2008 what they make of the differences between the #Beijing of then and now and the Olympic ambiance of 2022 v 2008. (Below is my piece from today) “Two Olympics and two very different Chinas” bbc.co.uk/news/world-asi…