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Xinyuan Real Estate Announces New Bond Repurchase Program   


BEIJING, Jan. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Xinyuan Real Estate Co., Ltd. ("Xinyuan" or "the Company") (NYSE: XIN), an NYSE-listed real estate developer and property manager, today announced that effective January 20, 2020, the Board of Directors approved a new bond repurchase program of up to US$50 million. The new authorization is valid through December 31, 2021, and replaces the prior repurchase authorization that expired on December 31, 2019.

"This new repurchase program demonstrates the Board's confidence in our business model, our strong financial position and the sustainability of our free cash flow," said Mr. Yong Zhang, Chairman of Xinyuan. "We will opportunistically continue our repurchase program while maintaining ample liquidity. This gives us the flexibility to optimize debt structure while continuing to support growth."

Bonds will be selected for repurchase at the Company's discretion, based on price, timing and other considerations. Repurchases under this program will be made through a combination of open market and privately negotiated transactions.

The Company gives no assurance that the repurchase authorization will be completed either fully or partially. Furthermore, there is no assurance as to what price, if any, will be paid for any series of Bonds.

This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities in the United States or any other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

About Xinyuan Real Estate Co., Ltd.

Xinyuan Real Estate Co., Ltd. ("Xinyuan") is an NYSE-listed real estate developer and property manager primarily in China and in other countries. In China, Xinyuan develops and manages large scale, high quality real estate projects in over ten tier one and tier two cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Zhengzhou, Jinan, Xi'an, Suzhou, among others. Xinyuan was one of the first Chinese real estate developers to enter the U.S. market and over the past few years has been active in real estate development in New York City. Xinyuan aims to provide comfortable and convenient real estate related products and services to middle-class consumers. For more information, please visit

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements". These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements includes statements about intended securities repurchases, among others, and can generally be identified by terminology such as "will", "expects", "anticipates", "future", "intends", "plans", "believes", "estimates" and similar statements. Statements that are not historical statements are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or anticipated, including, but not limited to, our ability to continue to implement our business model successfully; our ability to secure adequate financing for our project development; our ability to successfully sell or complete our property projects under construction and planning; our ability to enter successfully into new geographic markets and new business lines and expand our operations; the marketing and sales ability of our third-party sales agents; the performance of our third-party contractors; the impact of laws, regulations and policies relating to real estate developers and the real estate industry in the countries in which we operate; our ability to obtain permits and licenses to carry on our business in compliance with applicable laws and regulations; competition from other real estate developers; the growth of the real estate industry in the markets in which we operate; fluctuations in general economic and business conditions in the markets in which we operate; and other risks outlined in our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2018. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update or review publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date on which the statement is made.

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Fiscal and Monetary Policies Not Enough to Maintain 6% GDP as China's Private Business Sentiment Dips Below Confidence Threshold   


BEIJING, Jan. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- In December 2019, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business' (CKGSB) Business Conditions Index (BCI) registered at 49.8, below the confidence threshold of 50. The monthly dataset – a forward-looking diffusion indicator using the same methodology as the PMI index – is widely followed as a key indicator of Chinese executives' sentiment on China's macroeconomic environment.

Sales and profit indices and the financing environment index all fell. Recruitment and employment have rebounded somewhat but are still low. This research reflects China's slowing economy as its GDP registered at 6.1% in 2019, the lowest rate since 1990. Professor of Economics, Li Wei, who supervises the BCI index, said, "Moving forward, China can't simply grow through imitation. Instead, independent research, investment in development and exploration must play a bigger role to sustain economic growth."

While the trade war truce is a step in the right direction, most economists agree that it will do little to stop the spread of pessimism in China. With GDP growth declining, financing costs and unemployment on the rise, Professor Li argues that in order to create sustainable economic growth, China must focus on the causes of growth decline and target policies to deal with more structural problems. Economic growth dependent on fiscal leverage is not sustainable.

Professor Li states, "Inefficient state-owned enterprises rely mainly on bank credit to survive. This credit is no different to the state-owned enterprises than government fiscal allocations. In other words, they may be unable to repay the loan or return the credit, either way they are wasting precious national credit resources. Once bankrupt, the banks will no longer need to lend them money, allowing banks to lend to higher efficiency companies. The flow of funds from places with low output to places with high output will help increase total factor productivity (TFP), essential to sustainable economic development."

About CKGSB's Business Conditions Index

In June 2011, the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business Case Center and the Center for Economic Research initiated a project to gauge the business sentiment of executives about the macro-economic environment in China – called an index of business conditions. Under the direction of Professor Li Wei, the two research centers designed and tested the BCI survey in July 2011. In September 2011, the first surveys were distributed and first results computed, and has been published monthly ever since.

The CKGSB Business Conditions Index is a set of forward-looking, diffusion indices. The index takes 50 as its threshold, so an index value above 50 means that the variable that the index measures is expected to increase, while an index value below 50 means that the variable is expected to fall. The CKGSB BCI thus uses the same methodology as the PMI index.



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UFC 248 official with Israel Adesanya vs. Yoel Romero headlining   


UFC 248 Adesanya vs Romero fight card

UFC returns to T-Mobile Arena with two thrilling world championship bouts. Undefeated middleweight champion Israel Adesanya goes for another show-stealing performance against No. 3 ranked contender Yoel Romero. Strawweight champion Zhang Weili will take on the toughest test of her career when she meets former titleholder and No. 4 ranked contender Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

UFC 248: ADESANYA vs. ROMERO will take place Saturday, March 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will stream live on Pay-Per-View, exclusively through ESPN+ in the U.S. at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT in both English and Spanish.

ESPN+ is the exclusive provider of all UFC Pay-Per-View events to fans in the U.S. as part of an agreement announced in March.

Fans will be able to purchase UFC 248: ADESANYA vs. ROMERO online at or on the ESPN App on mobile and connected-TV devices. ESPN+ is available as an integrated part of the ESPN App on all major mobile and connected TV devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, X Box One and more.

Preliminary fights will air nationally in English on ESPN and on ESPN Deportes (in Spanish) starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with the early prelims simulcast on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+ at 6:15 p.m. ET/3:15 p.m. PT.

Among the standout fighters of 2019, Adesanya (18-0, fighting out of Auckland, New Zealand by way of Lagos, Nigeria) capped off the year by dethroning middleweight champion Robert Whittaker in front of the largest-ever UFC live audience. The former kickboxer has also earned spectacular victories against Kelvin Gastelum, Anderson Silva and Derek Brunson. Adesanya now looks to kick off his 2020 with another highlight-reel finish to secure his first successful title defense.

A perennial contender at 185 pounds, Romero (13-4, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way of Pinar Del Rio, Cuba) is considered one of the most dangerous competitors in the entire sport. The 2000 Olympic silver medalist wrestler has delivered sensational knockout wins over former UFC champions Luke Rockhold, Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida. Romero now aims to achieve his destiny by capturing UFC gold and handing Adesanya his first MMA loss.

The first Chinese UFC champion, Zhang (20-1, fighting out of Beijing, China) made history when she delivered a spectacular 42-second knockout against Jessica Andrade in August to capture the title. Riding a 20-fight win streak, Zhang has also netted impressive victories over Tecia Torres, Jessica Aguilar and Danielle Taylor since joining the UFC roster in 2018. Zhang now aims to secure her first successful title defense against the former strawweight queen.

The most dominant champion in UFC strawweight history, Jedrzejczyk (16-3, fighting out of Olsztyn, Poland) successfully defended her title five times during a reign that lasted more than two years. Throughout her career, she has delivered thrilling victories against Michelle Waterson, Claudia Gadelha (twice), Jessica Penne and Carla Esparza. Jedrzejczyk now aims to further add to her legacy by becoming the first fighter to reclaim the UFC’s 115-pound championship.

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Additional UFC 248 bouts include:

  • In a pivotal middleweight bout, No. 8 ranked contender Derek Brunson (20-7, fighting out of Wilmington, N.C.) takes on undefeated No. 9 Edmen Shahbazyan (11-0, fighting out of Glendale, Calif.)
  • Fan favorite Alex Oliveira (19-8-1 2NC, fighting out of Tres Rios, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) faces Max Griffin (15-7, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) in an exciting welterweight bout
  • Unbeaten grappling ace Rodolfo Vieira (6-0, fighting out of Orlando, Fla. by way of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) takes onSaparbek Safarov (9-2, fighting out of Makhachkala, Russia)
  • No. 15 ranked welterweight contender Neil Magny (21-8, fighting out of Denver, Colo.) meets surging Li Jingliang(16-5, fighting out of Beijing, China)
  • In an exciting lightweight bout, Beneil Dariush (17-4-1, fighting out of Yorba Linda, Calif.) squares off withDrakkar Klose (11-1-1, fighting out of Glendale, Calif.)
  • Emily Whitmire (4-3, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) takes on Polyana Viana (10-4, fighting out of São Geraldo do Araguaia, Para, Brazil) in a strawweight bout
  • Danaa Batgerel (6-2, fighting out of Erdenetsagaan, Sukhbaatar, Mongolia) faces Guido Cannetti (8-4, fighting out of San Antonio de Padua, Buenos Aires, Argentina) in a bantamweight bout

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'Sealed off': China quarantines city of virus outbreak   


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WeChat statistical highlights 2020; mini program DAU >300m   

WeChat monthly active users exceeded 1.15 billion in 2019, an increase of 6% YoY. The peak engagements are right before lunch and after work. The top domestic cities of WeChat Moments check-ins are Guangzhou, Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Chengdu. And, the top 5 foreign cities are Seoul, Osaka, Jeju, Bangkok, and Singapore. WeChat Mini Program […]

TikTok DAU exceeded 400 million in Jan 2020   

TikTok, known as Douyin in China, announced a new record for its daily active users (DAUs). Its DAU has exceeded 400 million in January 2020, an increase of 60% YoY. Its contents go beyond entertainment; 14.89 million education videos were created in 2019. The top creators are located in Shanghai, Beijing, and the three northeastern […]

Huawei executive, facing extradition to the United States, argues the allegations aren’t crimes in Canada   


The extradition hearing of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, whose detention by Canadian authorities at the behest of the United States 13 months ago has left Canada caught in a conflict between Washington and Beijing, opened Monday morning in a packed courtroom of the British Columbia Supreme Court.

Rochester Institute of Technology: Dean, College of Health Sciences and Technology   

Dean, College of Health Sciences and Technology Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) seeks applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Technology. RIT seeks a creative, entrepreneurial dean who will build a strategic vision, develop new and enhance existing programs, advance research and scholarship, and create partnerships to shape the future of healthcare education and delivery within one of the nation’s leading technological universities. The next Dean will have the unique opportunity of combining RIT’s tradition of innovation to advancing and impacting the future of healthcare. Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, RIT provides exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. And with more than 19,000 students and more than 125,000 graduates from all 50 states and over 100 nations, RIT is driving progress in industries and communities around the world. Find out more at . RIT offers a wide array of innovative academic programs; a diverse, committed, and accessible faculty; sophisticated facilities; and a strong emphasis on experiential learning. Instruction is delivered by 1,110 full-time and 440 part-time faculty who engage students in the process of discovery. RIT is a Doctoral University: High Research Activity (R2). In Fiscal year 2018, total research revenues for RIT total $74 million, including $6.1 million in NIH grants. RIT enrolls 15,750 undergraduate and 3,150 graduate students who are diverse, ambitious, and creative. RIT offers 85 bachelor’s, 77 master’s, 8 Ph.D., and 28 accelerated dual-degree programs. Programs are offered on the main campus, at RIT’s six global campuses in Dubrovnik and Zagreb (Croatia), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Pristina (Kosovo), and Beijing and Weihai (China), and online. The College of Health Sciences and Technology opened in August 2011. Enrollment includes 545 undergraduate and 70 graduate students. The College of Health Sciences and Technology has a wide range of academic options for students who want to expand their educational experience. The college offers bachelor’s, master’s, certificates, accelerated dual degree (BS/MS) and advanced certificate. Programs are offered in Biomedical Sciences, Bioinformatics, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Dietetics and Nutrition, Echocardiography Exercise Science, Health Informatics, Health Systems Management, Medical Illustration, Nutritional Sciences, and Physician Assistant. A new MS in Health and Well-being Management will be offered in fall of 2020. The dean is the chief academic officer for the College of Health Sciences and Technology and reports to the Provost. RIT seeks a leader who is dedicated to developing a bold new vision, creating and fostering programmatic development, and providing top quality healthcare programming to meet the needs of a changing healthcare landscape. The dean will have the opportunity to shape the future of this young college by creating cutting edge programs and building global recognition for the college. The next dean will have an earned doctorate, preferably in a health-related discipline. Demonstrated and successful leadership in higher education and a distinguished record of scholarly and professional accomplishments are essential. In addition, the strongest candidates will have: experience in creating and implementing strategy as well as program assessment; experience in programmatic development and program enhancements; the ability to establish strong relationships within the Rochester community, including with health service providers and community-based organizations; the ability to articulate a vision and to work with faculty, administrative staff, students, and community support to implement that vision through commitment to shared governance; a global perspective and a commitment to promoting and celebrating inclusion and diversity in its many forms; financial acumen including experience with managing budgets and advocating for resources on behalf of a division or unit; experience with and a commitment to resource development, including major gifts, sponsored research, and government grants; an engaged management style which is goal-oriented, collaborative, relational, flexible, and innovative; excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to relate to diverse college constituencies, including being a visible spokesperson for the college; experience in faculty and staff recruitment and development, and sensitivity to the unique needs of a diverse community of practicing professionals; demonstrated support for traditional and emerging technologies and the development of leading-edge curricula; and creativity, resilience, flexibility, tenacity, optimism and a high energy level. The review of applicant materials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Application materials should include a letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position; a curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses (including email), and telephone numbers for at least five references which may include administrators, faculty, students, and community partners. Applications and letters of nomination should be sent electronically to: Steve Leo, Partner Vicki Henderson, Senior Associate Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP 610-572-4296 Additional Details: RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientations, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by RIT’s Human Resources. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact Storbeck/Pimentel.

Chinese apartment rental platform Phoenix Tree Holdings makes NYSE debut   

NEW YORK, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Phoenix Tree Holdings, a leading Chinese apartment rental service provider, rang the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) opening bell on Friday in celebration of its initial public offering (IPO).

The company, trading under the ticker symbol of "DNK," announced its IPO of 9.6 million American depositary shares (ADSs), each representing 10 Class A ordinary shares of the company, at a price to the public of 13.5 U.S. dollars per ADS.

Citi, Credit Suisse and J.P. Morgan acted as lead managers on the deal.

The stock started trading at 13.50 dollars per share on Friday, and declined 3.56 percent from its pricing to trade at 13.02 dollars apiece around midday.

The firm, operating under the name of Danke Apartment, was founded in 2015. The Beijing-based company, which had established operations in 13 cities across China as of Sept. 30, 2019, is one of the largest co-living platforms in the country with rapid growth, said its prospectus, citing consulting firm iResearch.

Gao Jing, CEO of Danke Apartment, told Xinhua that China's residential rental market is huge and fast-growing, providing tremendous opportunities for his startup.

Calling the company's debut on the U.S. exchanges "a milestone," Gao also expects the move would help the company's brand building and attract more talents.

China's residential rental market is expected to grow to 3.0 trillion yuan (or about 437 billion U.S. dollars) by 2023 from 1.8 trillion yuan in 2018, according to iResearch.

The number of Chinese firms listed on the U.S. exchanges has increased in recent years. As of Thursday, the S&P U.S. Listed China 50 index, which is designed to track the performance of the 50 largest Chinese companies listed on U.S. exchanges by total market cap, stood at 3,429.36, marking an 8.28-percent gain for year-to-date returns.

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Chinese city stops outbound flights, trains to fight virus   

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say the city of Wuhan is shutting down outbound flights and trains as the country battles the spread of a new virus that has sickened hundreds and killed 17. The official Xinhua News Agency said Thursday that the city also asked people not to leave Wuhan without specific reasons. […]


Novel Coronavirus – China Officials with the Beijing Daxing District Health and Health Committee have confirmed two novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) cases in the city. The patients had a history of travel to Wuhan. The authorities in China reported a third death from a mysterious virus and more than 130 new cases over the weekend, including the ones […]

UN health agency to gauge global threat, as China confirms coronavirus transmission between humans   

INTERNATIONAL, 21 January 2020, Health - Following an announcement by China’s national health body that a new virus first identified there, can be transmitted from person to person, the World Health Organization (WHO) is to hold a meeting on Wednesday to decide if it should be declared a global health emergency.

In a message released on social mediaWHO said that the agency’s Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus, will “convene an Emergency Committee on the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) under the International Health Regulations”, with the aim of ascertaining “whether the outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of international concern, and what recommendations should be made to manage it”.

The Chinese National Health Commission confirmed on Monday that two people in Guangdong province had been infected via human-to-human transmission, raising the potential of the virus spreading more widely.

A colour-enhanced image shows cells infected with the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)., by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH, US

“Based on current information, an animal source seems the most likely primary source of this outbreak with limited human-to-human transmission occurring between close contacts”, WHO spokesperson Tarik Jašarević said at a press briefing in Geneva on Tuesday. “Reports suggest that infection can cause mild to severe disease and be fatal in some. Based on current data, some new cases seem to experience milder diseases which is within the milder end of the spectrum of symptoms caused by respiratory illnesses”. 

On Saturday, hundreds of millions of people will cross-cross China, as they travel to celebrate the Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year. This also risks complicating efforts to contain the virus.

The international dimension to the outbreak was first reported on January 13, with the news that a traveller from China was being treated for the virus in Thailand. Mr. Jašarević said that four cases have been reported outside China: a further case was identified in Thailand, as well as in Japan, South Korea and Wuhan. All the patients had reportedly travelled from the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus was first identified in December 2019.

Some 278 cases have been identified worldwide, including the major metropolitan centres of Beijing and Shanghai, but most patients are in Wuhan, a city of around 11 million. On Monday, Wuhan’s health authorities said that some 15 medical workers have been infected, possibly due to contact with patients, and that one is in a critical condition.

“More cases should be expected in other parts of China and possibly in other countries in the coming days”, said Mr. Jašarević. “A team from WHO are concluding a mission with health officials in Wuhan working on the response to novel coronavirus”.

WHO has issued guidance on how to detect and treat people sickened by the virus, including regular hand washing; covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing; thoroughly cooking meat and eggs; and avoiding close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness, such as coughing and sneezing.

What are coronaviruses?

Coronaviruses are described by WHO as “a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases”.

Probably the best known is Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, commonly known as SARS, which broke out in Asia in 2003, and spread to countries in North America, South America and Europe, killing nearly 650 people in China before being successfully contained later that year.

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

Coronaviruses are transmitted between animals and people, and there are several known coronaviruses currently circulating in animals, that have not yet infected humans.


U.S. economy to coast, no big boost expected from trade deal: Reuters poll   

The initial trade deal between Washington and Beijing is unlikely to provide a significant boost to the U.S. economy and will only reduce the downside risk or at best help activity moderately, a Reuters poll showed.


Canada prosecutors say fraud at heart of Huawei CFO Meng's U.S. extradition case   

Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou returned to a Vancouver courtroom on Wednesday where Canadian prosecutors defended a U.S. extradition request, saying Meng's alleged bank fraud is the heart of the case that has strained relations between Ottawa and Beijing.


Canada prosecutors say fraud at heart of Huawei CFO Meng's U.S. extradition case   

Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou returned to a Vancouver courtroom on Wednesday where Canadian prosecutors defended a U.S. extradition request, saying Meng's alleged bank fraud is the heart of the case that has strained relations between Ottawa and Beijing.


Hainan Airlines to halt Prague flights from March: Czech authorities   

China's Hainan Airlines will halt regular direct flights between Beijing and Prague starting in March, the Prague Airport and the Czech Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.


China Silences Critics Over Deadly Virus Outbreak   

Beijing has responded faster to the new threat than it did with SARS, but it still silences and punishes those who veer from the official line, with potentially damaging consequences.

Comment on Hong Kong to Implement Article 23 of Basic Law by Jorge    

Go by basic logic, during British colonial rule there was zero local autonomy and zero protests. The very professional HK police were handcuffed by Beijing's politics, specially with US and Taiwan, to respond adequately agaisnt criminal hoodlums. Maybe HK should use private security to maintain social order,like Pakistanis to walk the beat and Russians to deal with protests.

WHO vurderer å erklære lungeviruset en global helsefare   

BEIJING (NRK): Verdens helseorganisasjon (WHO) sitter i krisemøte og vurderer om de skal si at det nye coronaviruset er en global nødssituasjon. I Kina er virusfrykten stor etter at 17 mennesker er døde.

U.S. officials confirm first U.S. case of China coronavirus   

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A sunshine of truth in #China’s #Health scare    


Compared with its reaction in past outbreaks of disease, Beijing shows a new willingness to adopt transparency as a rule for governance – and for social stability.

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Sağlık kontrolünden geçen Çin Ligi ekiplerinden Beijing BSU’nun 31 yaşındaki forvet oyuncusu Gerard Gohou, Kemerburgaz Tesisleri’nde Sportif Direktör Yardımcısı Emir Saraç’ın da hazır bulunduğu imza töreninde kendisini 1.5+2 yıllığına Kasımpaşa’ya bağlayan sözleşmeye imza attı.


China Seeks to Stop Virus Scare From Becoming Political Crisis   


China Seeks to Stop Virus Scare From Becoming Political Crisis(Bloomberg) -- Sign up for Next China, a weekly email on where the nation stands now and where it's going next.A deadly new virus reminiscent of one of China’s biggest public health debacles has the country’s leaders rushing to keep another outbreak from becoming a political crisis.After three weeks of revelations about a mysterious strain of coronavirus first detected in central China, President Xi Jinping stepped in personally Monday to order “all-out prevention and control efforts.” The government convened a series of task force meetings while a social media account affiliated with the Communist Party’s top law enforcement body warned that officials who withheld information would be “nailed on the pillar of shame for eternity.”The high-level response came as China’s internet flooded with worried comparisons between the disease and an outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, that killed 800 people across Asia 17 years ago. China’s delay in reporting that earlier outbreak was blamed for allowing the disease to spread unchecked, and fueled suspicions about public health protections in the world’s most populous country.Now, confirmed infections of health workers with the new coronavirus -- suggesting that the pathogen is highly infectious -- have prompted the World Health Organization to raise it to a risk level on par with SARS. At last count, six have died and almost 300 more had been infected, including cases in Japan, South Korea, Thailand and the U.S.And the stakes are getting higher: Hundreds of millions of Chinese are preparing to fly around the world for the Lunar New Year holidays, the world’s largest human migration. The vice head of China’s National Health Commission was scheduled to hold a briefing on prevention efforts at 10 a.m. in Beijing. “China’s leaders had to upgrade the security level of the crisis to ensure the stability of Chinese society and also because of China’s international reputation,” said Wang Peng, associate research fellow at Renmin University’s Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies. “The virus has the potential to negatively impact China’s image.”Governments around the world were taking precautions to prevent the disease’s spread, with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanding its inspection of airline passengers to airports in Atlanta and Chicago. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose country is a favorite destinations of Chinese tourists, on Tuesday pledged increased quarantines and testing at ports of entry.The Communist Party faces deep skepticism over its commitment to oversight following a number of high-profile incidents over the past few decades. Besides SARS, Chinese leaders have come under fire for their response to a contaminated milk scandal in 2008, a high-speed train crash in 2011 and revelations about bad vaccines in 2018.Unlike his predecessors two decades ago, Xi must also contend with widespread social media use and a bigger, more demanding middle class. For now, the country’s powerful censors appeared willing to let some debate continue.On Tuesday, many Chinese internet users shared posts demanding more transparency about the outbreak than SARS, with some questioning the time it took to alert the public and the government’s initial focus on stopping “rumors.” A Beijing News editorial urging a better update system got more than 100,000 views on WeChat, the country’s ubiquitous messaging platform.In response, the party’s flagship People’s Daily newspaper carried a front-page editorial on Tuesday supporting Xi’s call for action. The president stressed the need to inform the public of official policies to “safeguard social stability.” Premier Li Keqiang instructed departments to “spare no effort” to counter the outbreak, while a social media account under the party’s Central Politics and Law Commission pledged to punish officials who withheld information.International health experts have been largely positive about China’s early response, which has demonstrated efforts to build a stronger nationwide health infrastructure in the wake of SARS.“The initial response has been quite rapid and hopefully effective,“ said David Heymann, a professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine who was formerly with the U.S.’s CDC. “They have made great progress.”Still, the spread of the virus has citizens taking measures into their own hands. More pedestrians were seen wearing masks around the capital Tuesday.Fu King-wa, an associate professor at the University of Hong Kong‘s Journalism and Media Studies Centre who tracks Chinese censorship, said mainland internet users appeared starved for information about what precautions they should take. Censored posts included links to foreign or Hong Kong news articles, including those containing estimates and outbreak sites beyond what has been released by China, Fu said.“In general, the government is using the traditional Chinese Communist Party approach,” Fu said. The goal was “to control the information, to control the media, to control the narrative and to give the people the idea that the government is handling the issue,” he said.The risk of a public health emergency damaging the top leadership has only increased under Xi, who has taken more direct oversight over economic and national security issues than his predecessors. That means there’s no one else to blame if people decide the current outbreak has been mismanaged, said Willy Lam, adjunct professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Centre for China Studies and author of numerous books on Chinese politics.“He’s supposed to be the chairman of everything ranging from finance to health and so forth,” Lam said. “But so far things have not been working out very well -- in both economic figures and other measurements of public administration.”(Updates with U.S. case in fourth paragraph)\--With assistance from Dong Lyu, Amanda Wang, Sharon Chen and Isabel Reynolds.To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Peter Martin in Beijing at;Iain Marlow in Hong Kong at imarlow1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at, Daniel Ten KateFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


Pro-democracy alliance issues list of demands, urges Ottawa to stand up to Beijing   

Alliance Canada Hong Kong claims to be working toward legislative change in Canada to support democracy and human rights in Hong Kong.

Xi orders resolute efforts to curb virus spread   


BEIJING, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- President Xi Jinping has ordered resolute efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that caused cases of pneumonia.

Instructing on the work related to the pneumonia situation, Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, stressed putting people's safety and health as the top priority.

As of 6 p.m. Monday, a total of 224 cases of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus had been reported in China. Of them, 217 had been confirmed and 7 remained suspected.

Overseas, one case has been confirmed in Japan, two in Thailand, and one in the Republic of Korea.

Xi ordered heightened attention and all-out prevention and control efforts.

The prevention and control work is crucial at the moment due to the large passenger flows during the Spring Festival holiday, Xi said.

The Party committees and governments at all levels must put people's safety and health as the top priority and take effective measures to curb the spread of the virus, he said.

Xi ordered all-out efforts to treat patients, identify the causes of the virus infection and spread at an earlier date, strengthen monitoring and standardize treatment procedures.

Xi spoke of the need for the timely release of information and the deepening of international cooperation.

He also stressed the necessity of informing the public of relevant policies to safeguard social stability and ensure people have a peaceful and auspicious Chinese New Year festival.

Premier Li Keqiang, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, also instructed related government departments and localities to improve response plans and spare no effort in prevention and control in this regard.

He also demanded better communication and coordination with the World Health Organization, related countries, as well as Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan to join efforts to curb the spread of the virus.

A State Council joint task force on Monday held a teleconference to make an overall arrangement for prevention and control of the virus outbreak. The National Health Commission has set up a leading group to cope with the situation and give guidance in local response efforts.

15 Chinese medical workers confirmed infected with coronavirus   


WUHAN, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- Fifteen medical workers in central Chinese city of Wuhan have been diagnosed with pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), plus one suspected case, the municipal health commission reported early Tuesday morning.

One of the 16 patients is in critical condition while the rest are in stable condition. All of them are being treated in isolation, the commission said.

Medical staff are at the forefront in the prevention and control of the epidemic, the commission said, noting that local hospitals have stepped up efforts to control nosocomial infections, protect medical professionals and strengthened routine monitoring, with suspected cases receiving timely testing and treatment.

A high-level expert team of China's National Health Commission have confirmed people-to-people transmission of the 2019-nCoV and infections among medical staff.

As of 6 p.m. Monday, a total of 224 cases of pneumonia caused by 2019-nCoV had been reported in China. Of them, 217 had been confirmed, with 14 in Guangdong Province, five in Beijing and 198 in Wuhan where the first case was identified with a third death confirmed on Jan. 18.

Vice premier stresses scientific prevention, control of novel coronavirus   


BEIJING, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice Premier Sun Chunlan Monday stressed scientific and orderly prevention and control of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that has caused over 200 cases of pneumonia.

Making the remarks at a teleconference to make arrangement for the prevention and control work, Sun called for efforts to safeguard the people's health and maintain social order.

Pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus has been classified as Class B infectious disease and managed as Class A infectious disease, Sun said, adding that measures including epidemic monitoring and quarantine should be carried out in accordance with the law.

She demanded the city of Wuhan, where 198 cases have been reported as of 6 p.m. Monday, to take stricter measures to curb the virus spread in the region as well as its transmission to other places.

Sun urged stepping up efforts on scientific research on the virus, calling for an early date to find effective treatment procedures and medicines.

She also stressed openness and transparency of information as well as international communication and cooperation.

China confirms human-to-human transmission of 2019-nCoV   


BEIJING, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- A high-level expert team of China's National Health Commission Monday confirmed people-to-people transmission of a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and infections among medical staff.

Zhong Nanshan, a renowned respiratory expert and head of the team, said two cases in Guangdong Province were confirmed to be people-to-people transmission.

"The patients got infected, respectively, after their family members traveled to Wuhan and were infected by the virus," Zhong said during a media interview.

He also confirmed infections among medical staff.

The novel coronavirus infection was first reported in central China's Wuhan city, where 198 viral pneumonia cases have been confirmed.

Zhong said the geographical distribution of Wuhan's infection cases indicated a close relationship between the epidemic and a local seafood market.

Zeng Guang, chief epidemiologist of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention and a member of the expert team, said the outbreak of the new coronavirus can be reversed if measures are taken now.

He said the constant emergence of new cases at present indicated that the epidemic is still at its early stage.

Zhong also predicted an increase of viral pneumonia cases during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday. But he expressed confidence in curbing the virus spread, saying the SARS epidemic in 2003 will not be repeated.

"It took just two weeks to identify the novel coronavirus," Zhong said, noting that with well-rounded monitoring and quarantine systems, China will not suffer the social and economic impact as serious as 17 years ago.

He said early discovery, diagnosis, treatment and quarantine remain the most effective method to bring the outbreak under control.

As of 6 p.m. Monday, a total of 224 cases of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus had been reported in China. Of them, 217 had been confirmed, with 198 in Wuhan, 14 in Guangdong Province, and five in Beijing.

Overseas, one case has been confirmed in Japan, two in Thailand, and one in the Republic of Korea.

China's industrial economy to expand steadily in 2020   


BEIJING, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- China's industrial economy will continue to expand steadily in 2020 despite downward pressures, a senior official said Monday.

China boasts a complete industrial system, a large domestic market, robust consumption potential, abundant human resources, competitive infrastructure and ample policy leeway, which will continue to buoy industrial development this year, Miao Wei, minister of industry and information technology, told a press conference.

China's unremitting efforts to improve the business environment, such as tax cuts and fee reductions, will further unleash market vitality, he continued.

Innovation-based technology upgrading will also add impetus to the country's industrial growth, Miao said.

In 2019, China's value-added industrial output expanded 5.7 percent year on year, within the target range of 5.5 to 6 percent set at the start of last year.

During the first 11 months of 2019, 28 out of 41 major industrial divisions posted year-on-year profit growth.

Chinese shares close lower Tuesday   


BEIJING, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese stocks closed lower on Tuesday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index down 1.41 percent to end at 3,052.14 points.

The Shenzhen Component Index closed 1.46 percent lower at 10,953.41 points.

POLITICO Playbook: Why McConnell’s move infuriates Democrats   

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IF WE KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL, it’s that he uses the power afforded to him quite liberally, in a way that makes his opponents red with anger and most of his allies gleeful. We’ve seen it during Supreme Court confirmations, and now we’re seeing it with impeachment.

MCCONNELL has orchestrated the Senate trial of President DONALD TRUMP thusly: The president’s attorneys and the House impeachment managers each have 24 hours to use over the course of two calendar days to present their case, condensing the meat of the trial into what could be as short as four days in total. These rules will likely have the Senate in session all night and into the wee hours of the morning, as it tries TRUMP for high crimes and misdemeanors. Another highlight: Evidence gathered in the House investigation must be admitted by vote -- nothing is automatic. MCCONNELL announced that he had the support of all Republican senators for his rule package weeks ago, essentially ensuring its passage.

THINK OF IT THIS WAY: This could be all over by sometime next week -- ahead of the State of the Union on Feb. 4.

SENATE MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER called the resolution McConnell will formally introduce later today a “national disgrace,” and said it’s designed to acquit the president quickly. Burgess Everett and Marianne LeVine on McConnell’s plan for a “speedy trial” The resolution

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY as the trial gets started:

-- IN THE EARLY AFTERNOON, Democrats and Republicans have their party lunches in the Capitol.

-- AROUND 1 P.M., MCCONNELL will offer his resolution, which will detail the rules for the Senate’s trial. Each side has an hour for debate.

-- AROUND 3 P.M., SCHUMER will move to amend the rule package to allow for witnesses and documents at the front end of the trial. That is also subject to debate for an hour on each side.

WHAT WE DON’T KNOW: How exactly SCHUMER is going to try to amend the rule package. He can force one vote, or multiple votes seeking to amend the package in different ways. Democrats’ priority is to force votes on guaranteeing witnesses and document production as part of the trial. BUT: Democrats’ efforts to amend the package are almost certain to fail.

-- ONCE DEMOCRATS finish trying to amend the rules, there will be a vote on the package and the trial will then begin.

DEMOCRATS’ HIVE MIND: The reason they want to try to force witnesses at the front end of the trial is threefold: If a witness is subpoenaed, it will take days to work out a deal for their testimony, so they might as well do it concurrent with the trial; why start hearing arguments and asking questions when you know there could be more information out there? And when the testimony from House managers and Trump’s defense team starts, there is no guarantee Republicans will allow witnesses.

JOHN BRESNAHAN and BURGESS EVERETT: “Here are the five Senate factions that will decide Trump’s fate”:The Three Amigos, Part Deux: The Republican triumvirate of Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Mitt Romney (Utah) have been the center of a media frenzy for weeks. … The key issue for this moderate group — and maybe the biggest question for the entire Trump trial — is whether there will be a fourth Republican who joins them. The likelihood of that happening is pretty low at this point, however.

“Republican Institutionalists: If Democrats are to get a fourth GOP vote for witnesses, their best bet is from a group of veteran Republicans who believe in protecting the Senate prerogatives or are retiring and thus have less to fear from a vengeful Trump. This group include Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Rob Portman (Ohio), Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Pat Toomey (Pa.).

“Trump Hardliners: [T]here are a number [of senators] — such as Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, Ted Cruz of Texas, and Josh Hawley of Missouri, for instance — who have blasted Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Democrats and the media for a ‘sham impeachment’ that isn’t going to result in Trump’s ouster.

“Democratic Moderates: There's a small group of Senate Democrats who are in play for GOP leaders and the White House. This group includes Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. Doug Jones of Alabama, the most endangered Senate Democrat this fall, wants to hear from witnesses, but he has also called for Trump to ‘get a fair trial.’

“Trump Is Guilty Already Democrats: Like the Senate Republican Conference, most of the Democratic Caucus has already made up its mind — Trump is guilty, but let’s get more witnesses and documents anyway — even if they don’t say it publicly. So they'll loudly back Schumer’s motions for witnesses, they'll have sharp questions for Trump’s defense team, and they'll complain mightily when the trial is over that Trump was acquitted by a Republican majority that is interested in political survival rather than the truth. And then they will use this case, and everything Trump has done over the last three years, to try to take over the Senate in November.”

NYT’S ANNIE KARNI with POTUS in Davos: “Before the Senate impeachment trial begins in earnest on Tuesday, President Trump was more than 4,000 miles away from Washington, in this glitzy Alpine village, planning to drive a competing narrative — one that has nothing to do with pressure on Ukraine, abuse of power or obstruction of Congress. …

“Mr. Trump, aides said, planned to highlight the first phase of his trade deal with China and another with Mexico and Canada, accomplishments he thinks are being overshadowed by a focus on an impeachment trial he is trying to dismiss as a ‘hoax.’ And the audience was expected to be friendly -- to his face, at least -- having warmed to him over the past two years because they have benefited from his policies.” NYT

JOHN HARRIS COLUMN: “Isn’t That Special: Trump, Impeachment and American Exceptionalism”

NEW … WAPO’S RACHAEL BADE and KAROUN DEMIRJIAN are writing a book about the impeachment process called “Impeached.” The book will be focused on Capitol Hill. William Morrow is the publisher, and Keith Urbahn and Matt Latimer at Javelin sold the book. Here's how they describe it: “Impeached” will be a “deftly reported inside look at the biggest constitutional showdown of our generation—Trump’s impeachment—with behind-the-scenes details about the historic interparty clash on Capitol Hill.”

Good Tuesday morning.

NEW … UNITE THE COUNTRY, a super PAC aimed at boosting JOE BIDEN, is running a new ad in Iowa called “The Storm.” The spot shows stormy seas and on the screen flashes “Battling the Storm … Joe Biden. A President to Right the Ship. … The Democrat Who Can Lead Through the Storm,” all while Biden is talking about his experience working in government. The 30-second spot

SIX TICKETS OUT OF IOWA (or more), via Natasha Korecki: “The Iowa caucuses have ended a long line of weak White House bids, traditionally culling the presidential primary field to just two or three viable candidates. But this year’s unique dynamics have a very real scenario shaping up that could mean at least a half dozen — or maybe more — candidates move to New Hampshire and beyond …

“‘If you look historically, only three candidates have come out of Iowa earning delegates in the modern era; there’s never been more than three who have broken the 15 percent threshold,’ said Jeff Berman, a delegate guru now with the [Tom] Steyer team who was a key figure in Barack Obama’s successful 2008 campaign. In 2020, Berman said, ‘There may be more tickets out of Iowa than ever before.’ …

“The probability that Iowa fails to produce a breakout frontrunner and instead sends through more than a half-dozen candidates is the latest turn in a tumultuous primary that began with a historically large and diverse field. It's indicative of a contest that’s long from settled; with just two weeks until the Feb. 3 caucuses, there's still a looming question over what, exactly, the Iowa results will mean. Aides with [Amy] Klobuchar, Steyer and [Andrew] Yang indicated that there's almost no scenario that would cause their candidate to drop out before New Hampshire.” POLITICO

BERNIE’S GOODBYE, via Des Moines Register’s Nick Coltrain: “U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders made a plea Monday to his supporters in Des Moines: It’ll be up to them to carry his Iowa campaign across the finish line.

“The Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump means he won’t be spending as much time in Iowa as he would have liked, he said at a Des Moines rally. But, he joked, it just means his campaign slogan -- ‘Not me. Us.’ -- will need to be a little more literal in the homestretch of the first-in-the-nation nominating caucus.

“‘Ironically, the “us, not me,” is becoming very much a reality in the last two weeks of this campaign, because I'm not going to be able to be here as much as I would like,’ Sanders told a crowd of more than 750 at the State Historical Museum of Iowa. ‘So you guys are going to have to carry the ball.’” DMR

A PRIVATE PLANE went from Columbia, S.C., to Des Moines to DCA on Monday. On Saturday, it went from Burlington, Vt., to New Hampshire, and on Sunday it went on to Columbia. The jet

MEANWHILE … MIAMI HERALD: “Michael Bloomberg campaign scores prominent Miami politico as Florida primary nears,” by Joey Flechas: “Two-term Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, whose time in City Hall mirrors Bloomberg’s mayoral tenure in New York, is joining the campaign as a policy advisor and surrogate weeks before the first votes are cast in the 2020 presidential primary season. Diaz will serve as the campaign’s national political co-chair, along with former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. Diaz will also co-chair Bloomberg’s Florida campaign.”

TRUMP’S TUESDAY -- THE PRESIDENT was slated to give an address in Davos in the 5 a.m. hour Eastern time. At 6:15 a.m., he is slated to speak with Klaus Schwab, who runs the World Economic Forum. At 6:35 a.m., the president is scheduled to participate in a reception with the International Business Council. At 8:30 a.m., he is scheduled to meet with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. At 10:15 a.m., he will speak with Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga. At 11:20 a.m., he will meet with Pakistani PM Imran Khan. At 12:30 p.m., he will have dinner with CEOs before heading back to his hotel.

THE PRESIDENT’S OTHER DAVOS BILATS: Iraqi President Barham Salih; Nechirvan Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Regional Government. Follow along with Davos Playbook

BOSTON GLOBE: “Northeastern University student from Iran faces possible deportation,” by Jeremy Fox and Max Jungreis: “An Iranian student planning to enter Northeastern University for the spring semester was detained at Logan International Airport by immigration officials and a hearing will be held Tuesday in federal court to determine his status, according to lawyers and the university.

“Attorneys for Mohammad Shahab Dehghani Hossein, 24, filed an emergency petition Monday night to block his deportation and allow him attend the university. They are set to go before a judge at 10 a.m. at US District Court in Boston.” Boston Globe

FOR THOSE KEEPING TABS -- “Lev Parnas Asks Barr to Recuse Himself From Criminal Case,” by NYT’s Benjamin Weiser and Ben Protess: “Lawyers for Lev Parnas, the Soviet-born businessman who was involved in the campaign to pressure Ukraine to investigate political rivals of President Trump, asked on Monday that Attorney General William P. Barr disqualify himself from overseeing his criminal case because he has too many conflicts of interest.

“Mr. Parnas, who was charged in October in Manhattan with violating federal campaign finance laws, requested that a special prosecutor instead be appointed to handle his case.

“‘It is in the public interest to remove this matter entirely from the Department of Justice,’ Mr. Parnas’s lawyers wrote to Mr. Barr. The lawyers, Joseph A. Bondy and Stephanie R. Schuman, argued that federal prosecutors working for Mr. Barr should not be involved in his case because Mr. Barr had participated in some of the same activity for which Mr. Parnas was being investigated.” NYT

PLAN B … WAPO’S ROBERT COSTA and RACHAEL BADE: “Trump’s lawyers, Senate GOP allies work privately to ensure Bolton does not testify publicly”: “President Trump’s legal defense team and Senate GOP allies are quietly gaming out contingency plans should Democrats win enough votes to force witnesses to testify in the impeachment trial, including an effort to keep former national security adviser John Bolton from the spotlight, according to multiple officials familiar with the discussions. …

“One option being discussed … would be to move Bolton’s testimony to a classified setting because of national security concerns, ensuring that it is not public.” WaPo

QUOTABLE … CNN: “Dershowitz on impeachment reversal: ‘I am much more correct right now’”

WSJ’S GREG IP in Davos: “Mnuchin Warns U.K., Italy Over Digital-Tax Plans”: “Italy and Britain will face U.S. tariffs if they proceed with a tax on digital companies such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc., U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin warned.

“Mr. Mnuchin issued the warning after France agreed to delay the imposition of its own digital tax in the face of threats of steep U.S. tariffs on French exports. Mr. Mnuchin said French President Emmanuel Macron agreed to hold off on the tax through the end of the year while the two countries work out a permanent resolution.

“The truce is ‘the beginning of a solution,’ Mr. Mnuchin said an interview with The Wall Street Journal at a Journal-sponsored event on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.” WSJ

FOR YOUR RADAR … REUTERS/BEIJING: “With millions of Asians traveling on Tuesday for the Lunar New Year holiday, authorities in China confirmed that a new virus could be spread through human contact, reporting 15 medical staff had been infected and a fourth person had died. The chilling update on the coronavirus outbreak that began in the central city of Wuhan sent shivers through financial markets, as the World Health Organization called a meeting for Wednesday to consider declaring an international health emergency.”

REMEMBER HIM? … TEXAS TRIBUNE: “Big bucks — and a big donor — fuel Allen West’s bid for Texas GOP chair,” by Patrick Svitek: “For months, the race for Texas GOP chair has been in full swing, with incumbent James Dickey and his high-profile challenger, Allen West, appearing at a slew of at times feisty forums.

“But it was not until last week that the two had to disclose their campaign finances for the first time — and West’s report brought something of a bombshell: Not only did the former Florida congressman raise nearly half a million dollars — a large amount for such an election — but $250,000 of it came from a single person. That person: Richard Uihlein, the conservative megadonor and shipping supplies magnate from Illinois.”

BOOK CLUB -- Rev. Al Sharpton’s “RISE UP: Confronting a Country at the Crossroads,” will be published by Hanover Square Press on Sept. 15, covering “the highlights of the Obama administration, the 2016 election, and Trump’s subsequent hold on the GOP.”

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SPOTTED: Chuck Schumer on an Acela train arriving to D.C. late Monday night.

TRANSITION -- Tim Urban is now a senior principal at Bracewell’s Policy Resolution Group. He previously was a principal at EY.

ENGAGED -- Blake Waggoner, a PR strategist and Targeted Victory and John Kasich alum, and Erin Bottger, state government affairs manager at Verizon, got engaged Saturday. They met 10 years ago while working at the Nebraska GOP and reconnected when Waggoner moved back from D.C. Pic

BIRTHWEEK (was Monday): CBS’ Peter Greenberg

BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Becca Glover, director at the Brunswick Group. A fun fact about her: “I have a nearly encyclopedic knowledge of the first 12 seasons of ‘The Simpsons.’ My favorite vignette for Halloween (Treehouse of Horrors) episodes is ‘The Attack of the 50 Foot Eyesores.’” Playbook Q&A

BIRTHDAYS: Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) is 59 … Eric Holder is 69 ... Gary Locke, former Commerce secretary and U.S. ambassador to China, is 7-0 … Will Holley, partner at Firehouse Strategies ... Sam Feist, CNN Washington bureau chief and SVP … Matt Hoye, CNN WH supervising producer … Getty photographer Win McNamee (h/ts Kevin Bohn) … Tyler Cowen, GMU economist and Marginal Revolution blogger, is 58 ... Matt Cooper ... John Shinkle ... L.A. Times’ Jen Haberkorn ... Will Bunch is 61 ... Nahiomy Alvarez ... Lynn Schusterman is 81 ... Jim Davidson ... Joe Donoghue ... Bob Sensenbrenner … Chris Donovan, executive editorial producer at ABC News, is 45 ... Josh Isay, CEO at SKDKnickerbocker ... former Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) is 62 ... Edelman’s Sean Neary and Lyla Shaibi … Annie Swenson ... POLITICO Europe’s Helen Collis … Michael Comer, digital director for House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) …

… Jonathan Grella, president and CEO of JAG Public Affairs … James Waters is 41 ... Michael Anderson … Bailey Roman, Iowa trip director for Pete Buttigieg’s campaign (h/t Casey Clemmons) … Christopher Spillane ... Michael Vanzetta … Jack Weiss ... Brian Kupfer is 45 ... Roberto Coquis … Alex Plitsas is 35 ... Morgan Currier ... Matt Friedman, communications and outreach manager for the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission ... Elizabeth Wickett ... Cindi Leive … Jordan Grossman ... Collin Hansen ... Forrest Brown … Tommy McKone ... Ron Bell … Tony Reinke ... Kyle O’Connor ... Caite Irvine … Margaret Olmos ... Josh Warren ... Michael Lemov ... Katie Loovis ... Rich Juliano ... Len Colodny is 82 ... Cynthia Faulkner ... Amy Allman … Steve Rosenthal is 67 … Campbell Spencer (h/ts Teresa Vilmain and Shari Yost Gold) ... Jeff Simmons … Marisa Renee Lee ... Oliver Griswold


Wang Yi Holds Talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif   


On December 31, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Beijing.

Wang Yi said, today is the last day of 2019. I welcome you to visit China for the fourth time this year. I am willing to review China-Iran relations with you, implement the consensus of the heads of state of the two countries, consolidate political mutual trust, deepen pragmatic cooperation, promote China-Iran Comprehensive Strategic Partnership for greater development, and enter the new year full of expectations together.


Top Huawei executive's extradition hearing begins in Canada   

The first stage of an extradition hearing for a senior executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei started in a Vancouver courtroom Monday, a case that has infuriated Beijing, caused a diplomatic uproar between China and Canada and complicated high-stakes trade talks between China and the United States.

Agen Tur China Dilarang Masuk Korut Demi Cegah Korona    

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, BEIJING -- Korea Utara (Korut) melarang masuknya wisatawan asing yang melakukan perjalanan bersama dengan perusahaan wisata Young Pioneer Tours. Grup wisata ini berbasis di China dan memiliki spesialisasi...

Beijing relocations add impetus for growth   

After spending 12 years selling flowers wholesale in Beijing, Zhang Xiaoyan left her rented apartment in Daxing district and moved to neighboring Hebei province, where life is easier and she is seeing an upturn in business.

Don't shun China, urges Merkel at American prize ceremony   


Don't shun China, urges Merkel at American prize ceremonyGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday urged Western global powers to include China in their multilateral system and treat Beijing equally rather than freeze it out and risk slipping into a Cold War-style bipolar order. Speaking after receiving a prize at the American Academy in Berlin, attended by former U.S. Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and John Kerry, Merkel said China's economic success posed challenges. "Of course we also have to build up fairness, of course we have to practise multilateralism such that the rules apply to everyone," she said.


China’s Belt and Road: Is Asia Getting More Cautious?   

Xi’s recent voyage to Myanmar spotlighted the broader question about whether some key regional states are getting more cautious in responding to Beijing’s initiative.

What Does Xi’s Myanmar Visit Mean for India’s China Anxieties?   

The trip produced a mixed outlook for New Delhi’s perceptions of Beijing’s inroads in the wider Indo-Pacific.

Poesikväll med Ylva Svensson Borg - 4 februari   

Illustratören, konstnären och poeten Ylva Svensson Borg läser ur sin diktsamling samt visar bilder och berättar om den resa hon gjorde med tåg från Skövde till Beijing. En 9000 km lång resa med en främling, som fick henne att börja skriva poesi.

Wuhan Virus Latest: First Case Confirmed in US as Experts Warn of 'Super-Spreader' - Caixin Global   

  1. Wuhan Virus Latest: First Case Confirmed in US as Experts Warn of 'Super-Spreader'  Caixin Global
  2. China outbreak: Over 200 cases of deadly virus  DW (English)
  3. SARS-like virus spreads in China | AFP  AFP News Agency
  4. Mystery Illness Infected 200 People In China And May Have Spread To 4,500, US Airports Testing For Deadly Coronavirus  BroBible
  5. China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing  Korea Times
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Outbreak from new virus rises to 440 in China, with 9 dead   

BEIJING (AP) — The number of cases of a new virus has risen to 440 in China and the death toll has risen to 9, Chinese health authorities said Wednesday. Deputy Director of the National Health Commission Li Bin told reporters that the figures were current as of midnight Tuesday. All the deaths had been […]

Aumentan a 9 los muertos por nuevo coronavirus en China   


BEIJING (AP) — El número de casos de un nuevo virus en China aumentó a 440 y la cifra de muertos subió a nueve personas, informaron el miércoles las autoridades de salud del país.

Li Bin, subdirector de la Comisión Nacional de Salud, comentó a los reporteros que las cifras se habían actualizado con la información obtenida hasta la medianoche del martes. Todos los decesos se habían registrado en la provincia de Hubei, que alberga a la ciudad de Wuhan, donde se reportó la primera infección por el nuevo coronavirus a fines de diciembre.

El incremento fue de 149 casos confirmados, señaló Li, y agregó que Japón y Corea del Sur habían reportado un caso cada uno, mientras que Tailandia informó de tres. Estados Unidos y Taiwán también confirmaron sendos casos el martes.

Preocupados sobre un brote a nivel internacional parecido al coronavirus que provocó el síndrome respiratorio agudo grave (SRAS o SARS por sus siglas en inglés) que se propagó de China a más de una decena de naciones en 2002 y 2003, varios países han adoptado medidas de revisión para los viajeros provenientes de China, sobre todo aquellos que viajan desde Wuhan.

Los temores se han visto intensificados por la próxima festividad del Año Nuevo Lunar, cuando millones de chinos viajan dentro y fuera del país.

Los funcionarios de sanidad señalaron que era muy pronto para comparar el nuevo virus con el SARS o el MERS _siglas en inglés del síndrome respiratorio por coronavirus de Medio Oriente_ en términos de qué tan letal podría ser. Atribuyeron el incremento de nuevos casos a las mejoras en la detección y monitoreo.


Aumentan casos y muertes por nuevo virus en China   


BEIJING (AP) — China informó el miércoles que el número de casos de un nuevo virus aumentó a 440 y la cifra de muertos subió a nueve personas.

Li Bin, subdirector de la Comisión Nacional de Salud, comentó a los reporteros que las cifras se habían actualizado con la información obtenida hasta la medianoche del martes y que todos los decesos se habían registrado en la provincia de Hubei, donde se reportó la primera enfermedad por el nuevo coronavirus en diciembre.

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