- Frustration over new lockdowns
- Reputation of the yuan rises
- Praise and blame for Scholz
- China warns Switzerland over sanctions
- State visit from Tanzania
- Emissions remain too cheap
- Beijing marathon took place again
- Heads: China’s climate czar – Xie Zhenhua
The climate summit has started. China is one of the decisive players here. And in China, Xie Zhenhua is a key player. Reason enough for us to introduce the chief negotiator of the People’s Republic. Nico Beckert presents the Profile of an experienced environmental politician who moves confidently in the international arena – and thus represents China’s interests all the more effectively.
In China, lockdowns continue, even if some of them have instead received creative names such as “Days of Silence”. Our author team in China captured the mood of the citizens about the ever-new restrictions: Anger and frustration rise once again after the Party Congress. The hope, after all, was that the first relaxations would come after the political event.
The yuan wanted to become a global currency, but Xi Jinping’s financial policies wouldn’t allow it. Xi loves control – including capital and exchange controls. Despite this, the renminbi is on the upswing. This affects both usage and the exchange rate. We analyze the consequences of this.
More and more lockdowns: Respect for the authorities is waning
In the beginning, everything happened very fast in the Beilun district of the ten-million metropolis of Ningbo. The district government imposed the so-called “in yes, out no” policy. Travelers were free to enter the city but not allowed to leave. “It feels like a trap,” said a Shanghai businessman. The middle-aged man only wanted to visit Ningbo for an appointment; in the end, without any preparation, it turned into a weeks-long stay. At first, escape seemed impossible.
Security forces still patrol the neighborhoods and inform shopkeepers without warning that they would have to close. Those affected believe to know the reason for the lack of transparency. They remember the panic at Shanghai’s Ikea. At the time, people started running after a rumor about a Covid case in the store started circulating.
Nobody in Ningbo knows anything for sure either. What there are, on the other hand, are plenty of rumors. “You cannot rely on official information here. Unofficial information is faster and also more reliable,” says a young woman who the lockdown caught by surprise. And she was proven right. Long before official announcements to close stores came, people started to rush to the supermarkets. People stocked up on basic foodstuffs. For how long? No one knew. But everyone knew what had happened in Shanghai, of course – and preferred to take a few extra boxes of instant noodles with them. Not long after that, stores were closed and people were left trapped in their apartments or hotels. Only then did the official instructions follow: seven days of “silence” (静默 jingmo). This is now a widely used synonym for lockdown.