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China launches new crew for space station, with eye to putting astronauts on moon before 2030
Seattle Times - 5/30/2023 1:46:00 AM
China launched a new three-person crew for its orbiting space station on Tuesday, with an eye to putting astronauts on the moon before the end of the decade. The Shenzhou 16 spacecraft lifted off from the Jiuquan launch center on the edge of the Gobi Desert in northwestern China atop a Long March 2-F rocket just after 9:30 a.

Mitsubishi Motors to extend suspension of production in China -Yomiuri
Reuters on - 5/30/2023 1:13:09 AM
Mitsubishi Motors Corp will extend a suspension of its production in China beyond May, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Tuesday, highlighting struggles the Japanese car maker faces in the world's largest auto market.

China's youth unemployment hits a record high, deepening its economic scars
CNBC on - 5/29/2023 10:30:01 PM
As youth unemployment in China rises to a record high, college graduates are caught in a perfect storm — with some forced to take on low-paying jobs.

Hawkers back on China's streets as economic recovery teeters
Reuters on - 5/30/2023 1:07:06 AM
Wang Chunxiang pushes a cart around busy areas of Shanghai, playing cat and mouse with the authorities as she tries to sell pastries. The jobs she could get do not pay enough for her to make ends meet.

Markets are sounding alarms on China's economy, but analysts say Wall Street is missing the big picture
YAHOO!News - 5/29/2023 8:30:00 PM
"That's the one big negative factor that I worry about more than all the other things that we have talked about. Why is private investment so weak?"

China to land astronauts on moon before 2030, officials say
Fox News on - 5/29/2023 6:42:42 PM
Officials with the Chinese Manned Space Agency said in a news conference on Monday that the program plans to place astronauts on the moon before 2030 and expand its space station.

China says it wants peace in Ukraine, but is it only on Russia’s terms?
CNN on - 5/29/2023 9:07:44 AM
China’s envoy for the war in Ukraine ended a nearly two-week tour through Europe with a stop in Moscow on Friday, closing out a mission that served as a key test of Beijing’s bid to broker an end to the spiraling conflict.

One of China’s biggest cities is so cash-strapped it’s calling in debts
CNN on - 5/29/2023 11:30:39 AM
Wuhan, the largest city in central China, has publicly demanded that hundreds of local companies repay their debts, in an extremely rare move that highlights the dire financial situation facing many of the country’s municipal governments amid economic uncertainty.

China Denies Pressuring Europe To Accept Russia's Gains in Ukraine
Newsweek on - 5/29/2023 3:30:47 PM
Li Hui, Beijing's special representative on Eurasian affairs, was dispatched to Europe by Chinese leader Xi Jinping from May 16-26. He completed a six-leg visit that began in Kyiv and ended in Moscow. It followed a long-awaited call last month between Zelensky and Xi and was billed as part of China's contribution toward ending the year-long war.

China Might Have 65 Million COVID Cases a Week by June. How Worried Should the World Be?
Time on - 5/29/2023 7:18:36 AM
China has been facing a new COVID-19 wave fueled by the XBB variant since April. Data from Zhong Nanshan—a respiratory disease doctor who was among the first to confirm COVID-19’s easy transmissibility—provided a rare insight into how the disease could possibly be spreading in China almost six months after Beijing abruptly ended its draconian zero-COVID strategy.