Despite the obstacles, global energy leaders are betting that Russia can find a way to export its oil and the coal, in large part because global demand remains high.
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The country’s lockdowns have trapped truck drivers on highways, halted production lines and forced some importers to source goods from outside China.
The plane that crashed in a mountainous area of southern China was carrying 132 people, and rescuers who went to the crash site faced harsh conditions.
China’s National Health Commission announced Saturday that another 1,524 locally transmitted coronavirus cases had been detected in provinces across mainland China.
While China still has far fewer COVID-19 cases than most countries, the daily count of infections has accelerated rapidly.
As Russia wreaks havoc in Ukraine, Moscow has a powerful economic ally to help it resist Western sanctions: China.
For many cities, the Games make no economic sense. National pride and an enthusiasm for building transportation infrastructure change the equation for Beijing.
Beijing already had a vast ability to track its 1.4 billion citizens before the pandemic — now that monitoring is far more expansive.
No longer needing to prove its standing, China now wants to project the vision of a prosperous, confident nation under Xi, the country’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong.
Beijing argues that its system represents a distinctive form of democracy, one that has dealt better than the West with challenges like the pandemic.