The virologist, Shi Zhengli, said in a rare interview that speculation about her lab in Wuhan was baseless. But China’s habitual secrecy makes her claims hard to validate.
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Some family members said they did not want to assign responsibility for the disaster before the government had finished its investigation.
The Beijing-friendly party, which long held an iron grip on the island, is struggling to stay relevant at a time when many residents are wary of China’s ambitions.
The long months of harsh lockdown have faded from view in Wuhan, the first city in the world devastated by the new coronavirus.
China’s delayed initial response unleashed the virus on the world and foreshadowed battles between scientists and political leaders that would play out across continents.
Two separate but increasingly allied groups are peddling misinformation: a small but active corner of the Chinese diaspora and the highly influential far right in the United States.
Disney’s live-action remake of "Mulan” has drawn a fresh wave of criticism for being filmed partly in Xinjiang, the region in China where Uighur Muslims have been detained in mass internment camps. The outcry, which has spread to include U.S. lawmakers, was the latest example ...