Tuesday, August 3, 2021
China and Twitter: The year Chinese diplomacy went social

China and Twitter: The year Chinese diplomacy went social

It's fair to say Beijing's diplomatic speech is not known for its spontaneity. China watchers joke that it would be easy to play bingo at government press briefings. You can guess the phrases that will emerge:a strong protest against "interference in China's domestic affairs" criticism of "unspeakable sinister intentions" and "hegemony" accusing someone of having…
Can wearing masks stop the spread of viruses?

Can wearing masks stop the spread of viruses?

Image copyright Getty Images One of the abiding images of any virus outbreak is people in surgical masks.Using them to prevent infection is popular in many countries around the world, most notably China during the current coronavirus outbreak where they are also worn to protect against high pollution levels.Virologists are sceptical about their effectiveness against…
Deadly New Virus in China Has Reached the U.S., CDC Reports

Deadly New Virus in China Has Reached the U.S., CDC Reports

Public health experts presenting the latest information on the 2019-nCoV outbreak in China at a January 21 press conference in Hong Kong.Photo: Getty ImagesWhat initially appeared to be an isolated, mild outbreak of a pneumonia-causing virus in China has quickly turned for the worse. On Tuesday, U.S. health officials confirmed the first case to have…
Taiwan election: Tsai Ing-wen wins second presidential term

Taiwan election: Tsai Ing-wen wins second presidential term

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tsai Ing-wen has told China to abandon its threat of force Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen has secured a second term after sweeping to victory in an election dominated by the island's relationship with China.Ms Tsai secured just over 57% of the ballot - a record 8.2m votes - well…
New China virus: North Korea bans foreign tourists

New China virus: North Korea bans foreign tourists

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC's online health editor talks us through what we know about the virus The United States has confirmed the first case of the new coronavirus on its territory. The Centers for Disease Control said the virus, which originated in China, had been diagnosed in a US…
In pictures: Skiing against a painted sky

In pictures: Skiing against a painted sky

Image copyright Corinne Rozotte Image caption With the Beijing Winter Olympics only two years away, photographer Corinne Rozotte has been documenting the increasing popularity of winter sports in China. Image copyright Corinne Rozotte Image caption China aims to have 300 million skiers or snowboarders by the start of the Winter Olympics and sites such as…
The Case for a Light Hand With AI and a Hard Line on China

The Case for a Light Hand With AI and a Hard Line on China

Last week, at the WIRED HQ at CES, I spoke with Michael Kratsios, the chief technology officer of the United States. We dug into the government’s recent regulatory framework for AI, the potential for an AI cold war with China, and whether or not the NSA is building a quantum computer. The conversation has been…
A Mysterious Virus Is Sickening People in China

A Mysterious Virus Is Sickening People in China

A bird market in Beijing, China.Photo: Getty ImagesA mysterious pneumonia has sickened dozens of people in China, and one of the only things health officials know for sure is that it isn’t being caused by a past bogeyman like the SARS virus.According to health officials, the Associated Press reported Sunday, 59 people had been diagnosed…
China Set to Launch Its GPS Competitor Next Year

China Set to Launch Its GPS Competitor Next Year

A model of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System at the 2018 China International Aviation and Aerospace ExhibitionPhoto: APChina is close to launching the last two satellites that will complete BeiDou-3 Navigation Satellite System—the nation’s rival to the United States’ Global Positioning System.Ran Chengqi, a spokesperson for China’s Satellite Navigation Office, shared the status of the…