Fear in Shanghai + Interview with Eberhard Sandschneider
How vulnerable is Taiwan? This is what we talked about with Eberhard Sandschneider. The former professor at the Free University of Berlin is one of the most renowned experts on security policy – and on the Chinese military. Sandschneider does not expect an invasion of the island in the near future: The risk of clashing with the United States is too high, he tells Michael Radunski. But in the years and decades to come, a war between the US and China is quite possible. Since the People's Liberation Army is also growing stronger both internally and externally, a disaster might be at hand after all.
The lockdown in Shanghai has now lasted for far too long. Since it was originally intended to last only a few days, many city residents start to run out of food – and patience. This also affects foreigners living in the city. Many of them, despite all their approval for the pandemic response, are particularly frustrated that it is extremely difficult for them to leave the city. Instead, the fear of being sent to a quarantine center is growing, writes Christiane Kuehl. And these centers seem more like military hospitals. Omicron, meanwhile, lives up to its reputation and continues to find new infection victims even in the closed-down city.
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