Chinese state TV network CGTN confirmed Friday morning that the death toll due to the new coronavirus in the country rose to 26. This is in addition to the confirmation of 881 cases of people affected by the virus. In Japan, the Minister of Health confirmed a second case, a man who is from Wuhan, the city where the virus first appeared, and who had travelled to Tokyo.
Barely one month since its outbreak, the new Wuhan coronavirus has already caused 644 confirmed infected patients, 422 suspicious cases, and 18 deaths in China. However, with the arrival of the Chinese New Year and all the inevitable celebration gatherings, these numbers will just get higher day by day.
To avoid further expansion of the epidemic, finally, Wuhan has been officially locked down. All buses, metros, trains and planes have been stopped pending further notice. Across China, many sites have been closed and lots of popular celebration activities have been canceled. In Beijing, the Forbidden City will stop receiving visitors from January 25, the first day of the year in Chinese New Year 2020. The premier of several long-expected movies has also been rescheduled.
One person in the U.S. state of Washington is the first in the country to be diagnosed with the mysterious coronavirus. The case was first detected in the city of Wuhan, China, where hundreds of people were hospitalized, in addition to the record of at least six deaths.
Just 20 days into 2020, the coronavirus from Wuhan has already infected 319 people in China and has reached three countries outside China. It reminds everybody of the SARS outbreak in 2003, which caused 774 deaths in over 30 countries. Doctors and nurses are trying their best to treat the patients, whose expenses will be covered by the Chinese government. It is at times like this when you realize how important the doctors and nurses are. However, in China, a worsening relationship between the doctors/nurses and the patients is seeding a serious social problem. Over the past month, six cases have been reported where the patients beat up or even murder their life savers.
Macao for China is what Las Vegas is for the United States. In 2018, over 250 million mainland Chinese citizens visited Macao to have a go at the casinos there, which makes it easy to understand that Macao has produced several consistent occupants on the Forbes’ World Billionaire List and will replace Qatar to become the richest place in the world by 2020 according to the IMF.
The outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus is spreading to more Chinese cities, with 139 new cases confirmed this weekend. The virus, which causes pneumonia, has infected more than 200, health officials said on Monday. Authorities in Wuhan, China’s central metropolis where the disease was first identified in December, confirmed the new cases, including a third death.
The Institute of Computing Technology (belonging to the Chinese Academy of Science) released on January 15 a 100% self-dependent Chinese programming language, Module Unit Language (download here), also known as “Mulan,” the namesake of the upcoming Hollywood movie based on the Chinese folkelore The Ballad of Mulan.
Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Hong Kong this Sunday to participate in a demonstration in demand of universal suffrage in legislative elections, scheduled for September this year. The protest was eventually canceled at the request of the police, which led to more clashes between security agents and the radical protesters.
US President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He signed the “first phase” of a trade agreement with China Wednesday at the White House. Trump described the signing of the agreement as “a momentous step . . . toward a future of fair and reciprocal trade with China.” The world’s two largest economies reached a partial trade agreement last December, a move that is expected to ease a long-running trade war that has hurt US farmers and created an obstacle to global growth.
Recently, a fictional movie about Putin has been completed. The budget for the film was 800 million Rubles ($13.1 million) The movie has a historic theme and Vladimir Putin is portrayed as Czar Nikolas I and the whole plot is about how the emperor is always right. The epoch is early 1800s. It is not a surprise, with the movie budget alone, to believe the film is social engineering propaganda in the post Russian space. Of course, along the golden Russian tradition, the film has already been leaked on purpose. That way it will reach a wider audience everywhere versus people having to go to a Russian movie theater to see it. It is a prelude.
In 2013, two academic articles entitled “Theory and Practice of Ecological Economics Integration Framework” were published in the Journal of Glaciology and Geocryology, a top Chinese journal on ice, snow, permafrost and frozen circle. The author, Xu Zhongmin, was then already a doctoral advisor and senior researcher at the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), the number one research institute in the world, ranked by Nature Index. In the beginning of 2020, these two articles suddenly attracted lots of interests online and stirred up a huge discussion in China.
Beijing is launching the first comprehensive home-based elderly care service platform in the community, combined with elderly care stations. Elderly people can use WeChat mini-programs or, with the help of the station staff, can operate selected services. In 2019, contract disputes accounted for the highest proportion of elderly cases in Beijing, and inheritance disputes remain the core of family conflicts.
On the morning of January 10, the National Science and Technology Awards Conference was held in Beijing. Alibaba Cloud has won two national awards, the National Technology Invention Award and the National Science and Technology Progress Award. The award-winning technology is derived from a decade of technology and strategic investment, and has served hundreds of millions of people.
Daxing International Airport will usher in the first Spring Festival transport after the navigation. On the first day of the Spring Festival, 814 inbound flights and 816 outbound flights are expected from Capital Airport. Daxing Airport plans to have 277 inbound and outbound flights, and 6,100 in northern China.
From January 8 to January 11, the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2020) is being held in Las Vegas. At the meeting, Lenovo brought the world’s first folding screen PC, Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold, the world’s first 5G PC, Lenovo YOGA 5G, and many other leading PCs, folding screen mobile phone Motorola Razr and a series of smart devices.
Since January 2020, real estate companies have continued to issue intensive financing plans. On January 8, Longhu Group announced the issuance of a total of $650 million with a maximum interest rate of 3.85%. As of the 7th, eight companies including Country Garden, Longhu, and Hejing Taifu have successively released more than the $2 billion in financing plans.
Recently, the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China and Tencent held a signing ceremony of a memorandum of cooperation in the lecture hall of the Economic Management Building of Qingshuihe Campus. The two sides announced that they will carry out in-depth school-enterprise cooperation of “industry-university-research” integration.
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Koreans will soon have their own Yuebao, according to the latest reports from South Korean media. South Korean mobile payment application KakaoPay has partnered with Baro Investment Securities this week to launch its own mobile-end currency fund. With reference to the Chinese national “money bag,” and Yu’ebao on Alipay, this Korean version of Yu’ebao on Kakaopay will help Koreans to “make money” in mobile coin purses, thereby digitalizing investments and managing their own idle funds.
China has officially entered the 5G era with the deep integration of the new generation of mobile communication technologies represented by 5G into the medical industry. “Internet and medical health” has gradually moved towards true smart medical care and has become an important player in implementing new medical reforms. How can 5G be combined with more medical scenarios to improve the quality and efficiency of all aspects of medical services and break the dilemma of uneven distribution of medical resources?
The full-year 2019 data disclosed by the Ctrip Group (“Ctrip”) may become an important reference for the entire industry. Today, Ctrip stated that it had served more than 40,000 passengers in the short-distance transportation aviation field throughout 2019, and nearly a hundred short-distance transportation routes have been sold online, and it has interacted with hundreds of cities’ navigation points.
The 4th Network New “Maple Bridge Experience” Summit Symposium, co-organized by Legal Network, and co-organized by Alibaba Group, was held today. “How to make governance create more social value,” has become the focus of discussion among many participants. In the era of the digital economy, digital economic governance models and experiences with technology and co-governance at the core not only play a role in solving business problems and creating new business opportunities, but also provide participation in social governance and solving various social problems.
On January 6, the 2020 New List Conference was held in Beijing. Minako, the leader of the ecological cooperation of Xiaohongshu Social media, revealed in the conference speech that as of December 2019, the number of single-day exposures of the Xiaohongshu social media has exceeded 4.5 billion. In 2018, overall active users increased by 4.4 times, and male active users increased by 14.5 times.
According to Reuters, some Hong Kong demonstrators are concerned that if Han Kuo-yu, the presidential candidate close to Beijing, is elected as president, the assistance previously provided by President Tsai Ing-wen to Hong Kong demonstrators may be interrupted. Taiwan is about to hold a presidential election on January 11.
On January 3, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced the removal of the first batch of apps that infringed on the rights and interests of users. Three apps, including Renren Video, Spring Rain Pedometer, and WeChat-Original Music, were listed.
The Wuhan Municipal Health and Health Committee, the capital of Hubei Province, China, issued a notice on Friday. As of January 3, a total of 44 patients with an unexplained diagnosis of viral pneumonia were found. Among them, 11 were severe cases, and the signs of the remaining patients were generally stable.
Currently, we are entering the era of 5G technology. It is supposed to provide the fastest speed, yet has certain caveats that can have adverse effects on human health. AT&T and T-Mobile have reconsidered the deployment of 5G networks, since increasing the frequency requires placing smaller cellular transmitters very close to one another. Nevertheless, 5G technology is already here.
A peaceful New Year’s Day march in Hong Kong, with tens of thousands of participants, turned into chaotic street battles as the region’s police forces used tear gas against the crowd. Some of the participants in the march responded with gasoline bombs, and many of the march’s participants ended up being drawn into violent street fights.
US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that “great and important coordination” between the United States and Russia helped prevent an attack on St. Petersburg. “President Putin of Russia called to thank me and the U.S. for informing them of a planned terrorist attack in the very beautiful city of Saint Petersburg,” Trump wrote on his Twitter account. “They were able to quickly apprehend the suspects, with many lives being saved . . . Great and important coordination!” The US president added.
There has been a tug of war for geopolitical influence and attempts to disrupt the already established balance throughout 2019. We also saw the formation of interesting and very invasive social media polices around the globe. Hence, there were ramifications and changes to the social media landscape:
- France implementing new measures to track and monitor the social media of its citizens.
- Russia is working to complete their digital iron curtain.
- China implementing draconian verification process impacting social credit and privacy.
- UK to ruthlessly start collecting DNA.
- We’ve also seen the rise of deep fake technology that could have a great impact on the US 2020 Presidential elections as well as on the global scale.
Let’s look at the world’s main players and regions:
These days online shopping has become part of many regular shopping habits in many households around the globe. It is supposed to simplify and save time compounded with convenience. With the emerging of the virtual assistants like Alexa, it is even easier. Being an Amazon prime member, the convenience of free guaranteed delivery within 48 hours and in some instances 24 hours is an attractive shopping method.
A Chinese hacker group has been caught bypassing Two-Factor Authentication security protocols. According to a new report released by Fox-IT, the unit is using a new innovative attack strategy to take over accounts on major company networks. The Dutch cybersecurity firm highlights that the scheme involves modifying system access tokens.
For the first time, China received laser echoes from all mirror reflectors on the Moon (A15, A14, A11, L17, L21). The information became available via 6do news on December 8. The research group successfully completed laser distance measurements between Earth and the moon. The first experiment by China took place in 2018 with a 1.2-meter telescope laser ranging system. Clearly, it is not competitive with the US results achieved in the same field.
A huge crowd of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday, in a massive demonstration, marking half a year of protests. The massive turn was undoubtedly a sign by the majority of Hong Kong residents of their full support for the anti-government demonstrations that have been witnessed in the Chinese-ruled autonomous region since June.
While Greta Thunberg travels around the world blaming adults for stealing her dreams and her childhood, an attempt to fight climate change is causing dozens of deaths in China. As part of the Blue-Sky Protection Campaign, since October, Hebei Province started to repurchase at a lower price, or confiscate directly, traditional coal stocks from its citizens. For many villages where public heating systems are still unavailable, people were forced to buy more expensive so-called “clean coals” that allegedly could reduce the emission of several gases harmful to the climate.
Around mid-November, researchers at Lanzhou Veterinary Institute found that the genetically modified mice that they were using for an experiment could not get pregnant. They dissected one mouse and found out that it had Brucellosis. According to the World Organization for Animal Health, “Brucellosis is a zoonosis highly contagious for humans” which can lead to “fever, headache, weakness, profuse sweating, chills, weight loss and general aching.” If not treated early and properly, it can even cause infertility.
On February 5, 2021, the treaty between the US and the Russian Federation on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms will expire. The agreement was last updated in 2010. The formal name of the treaty is START and it is a nuclear arms reduction treaty. According to the terms of the START treaty, each side will reduce its strategic offensive arms while the total quantities do not exceed 700 units deployed.
China has been actively involved in espionage against Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. In the last century, China has not been known for many inventions in the space field, but instead as been a successful copycat. The route to copying patented and classified inventions leads to espionage. The facts prove themselves. Even though China has the highest numbers of STEM grads under President’s Xi politics, still China is not a leader in the field. Also, Chinese education focuses on being a great follower, but not a leader, since the communist model does not allow room for individualistic views.
Chinese internet giant Sohu published information pertaining to Japan’s nuclear capabilities. Sohu.com Inc. (NASDAQ: SOHU) is China’s premier online brand and indispensable to the daily life of millions of Chinese, providing a network of web properties. All Chinese media is controlled by the Chinese government. According to the publication, Japan has enough nuclear fuel to make over 6,000 nuclear bombs. The amount is enough to destroy a whole nation.
US and China tensions continue to escalate. President Donald Trump signed Hong Kong democracy legislation, which clearly angered China. The US never truly had any dealings with Hong Kong. Historically, Hong Kong was involved in the First Opium War in the mid 1800s. In 1841 Britain entered the island of Hong Kong and made it its military staging location. The island of Hong Kong became a British Colony.
China reacted angrily on Thursday to US President Donald Trump’s signing of a law that supports the protests in Hong Kong. Beijing called it an “absolute abomination,” and threatened to retaliate against the US government. The legislation allows the White House to impose economic sanctions against both the Chinese and the autonomous region’s officials who are responsible for human rights violations.
This week the research by Dr Martin Worthington has been published pertaining to the 3,000-year-old Babylonian story of Noah and the Ark. Noah’s Ark is the vessel in the Genesis flood narrative through which God spares Noah, his family, and examples of all the world’s animals from a world-engulfing flood. The story in Genesis is repeated, with variations, in the Quran, where the ark appears as Safina Nūḥ. There could be a reason why thus far the location of Noah’s ark has been unsuccessful.
China and the United Stаtеѕ are close to concluding the fіrѕt рhаѕе оf a trаdе расt, the Global Times, a tabloid run by the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily, said оn Monday. Reports, citing еxреrtѕ сlоѕе tо thе Chinese gоvеrnmеnt, said Bеіjіng аlѕо rеmаіnеd соmmіttеd to continuing talks оn thе second or even thіrd рhаѕе of аn аgrееmеnt wіth thе Unіtеd Stаtеѕ. US Prеѕіdеnt Dоnаld Trumр ѕаіd Friday thаt a trade deal wіth Chіnа “іѕ lіkеlу tо bе vеrу close.”
The Ural Science Education Center (USEC), backed by Roskosmos, has announced a new project. The USEC opened this year under a Kremlin directive and is expected to have 15 additional centers opened within the next six years across Russia. The project consists of creating a platform which will gather information about each user. It will gather each individual’s digital footprint— the trail of data you create while using the Internet. This includes the websites you visit, emails you send, and information you submit to online services.
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The Chinese regime is putting more pressure on Hong Kong following the ongoing demonstrations in the Chinese territory. After five months of increasingly violent protests against the pro-Beijing executive, the Chinese government has still not managed to get a return to calm in the autonomous territory.
Fоr the third dау іn a rоw, dozens of рrоtеѕtеrѕ continued thеіr ѕіt-іn аt the Pоlуtесhnіс Unіvеrѕіtу іn Hong Kong, in dеfіаnсе оf thе ѕесurіtу fоrсеѕ besieging the unіvеrѕіtу known fоr іtѕ асtіvіtіеѕ іn ѕuрроrt оf thе сіtу’ѕ protest mоvеmеnt. Chief Executive Cаrrіе Lаm called on protesters to end the situation peacefully.
The European Union (EU) members will hold discussions on the November 19 in Brussels, Belgium on measures needed to stop China’s domination in the area of rare earth elements and other critical resources. The issue is relevant due to the US-China trade war and security issues. It does not help that Russia recently decided to send over 82 tones of monazite to China in the near future. Monazite is a reddish-brown phosphate mineral containing rare earth metals.