Yang Danxu

Beijing Correspondent, Lianhe Zaobao

Before Yang Danxu became Lianhe Zaobao's Beijing correspondent, she was the newspaper's Shanghai correspondent. When she was based in Shanghai, she covered politics, diplomacy, political economy and social trends in the country, focusing especially on the Yangtze River Delta region.

Delivery men wearing personal protective equipment prepare to deliver food bought online for residents who were restricted due to a recent Covid-19 outbreak, in Ningbo in China's eastern Zhejiang province on 2 April 2022. (AFP)

Why is China obsessed with zero-Covid?

There is no doubt that China’s continued zero-Covid strategy has affected its economy, and businesses are struggling to survive. Even if the government is firm in maintaining its course, fatigue and frustration have increased among the people. How long will the economy hold up as China maintains the zero-Covid model? And why is China obsessed with zero-Covid?
Workers in personal protective equipment (PPE) keep watch as residents queue for a Covid-19 test in a neighbourhood placed under lockdown in Shanghai, China, on 4 April 2022. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg)

Shanghai's worsening Covid-19 outbreak is turning political

The latest Covid-19 outbreak in Shanghai has thrown the city into chaos, with the implementation of a full lockdown despite the authorities initially insisting otherwise to avoid the serious social and economic costs. Zaobao correspondent Yang Danxu looks at how the worsening situation in Shanghai is turning an epidemic containment issue into a political one.
A policeman (centre) wearing protective clothing reacts in an area where barriers are being placed to close off streets around a locked down neighbourhood after the detection of new Covid-19 cases in Shanghai, China, on 15 March 2022. (Hector Retamal/AFP)

As the virus spreads, can China calm its people and contain the outbreaks?

This month China has seen its worst outbreak since the start of the pandemic two years ago. Shanghai, once seen as a role model for fighting the virus, is succumbing under the weight of increasing infections. As such, the “Shanghai model” which allows for a balance of anti-epidemic measures and economic activity has been pushed into the spotlight. Can the Shanghai model still be emulated by other regions of China? Zaobao correspondent Yang Danxu looks at the various issues discouraging China from easing its anti-epidemic measures and policy.
Attendees at the Two Sessions meeting in the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, 8 March 2022. (CNS)

Elephants in the room: Why China's Two Sessions are a tad dull this year

While the annual Two Sessions are supposed to be a major event in China’s calendar, Zaobao correspondent Yang Danxu notes that this year’s meetings seem even more staid than usual because of the elephants in the room, not least Ukraine. Coupled with delegates delivering public lines, China’s deliberative process remains more than a little opaque despite the media attention.
Competitors in a cross-country skiing event at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, National Cross-Country Centre, Zhangjiakou, China, 16 February 2022. (Lindsey Wasson/Reuters)

Media coverage of Beijing Winter Olympics shows parallel worlds

It seems that the Chinese and foreign media have very different approaches to covering the Beijing Winter Olympics — Chinese journalists want to portray the favourable side of the Games while foreign journalists tend to take a more critical stand in focusing on problems. Zaobao correspondent Yang Danxu examines this phenomenon.
A man rides a bicycle past a Yango Group real estate project under construction in Yanan New Zone, Shaanxi province, China, 4 January 2019. (Yawen Chen/Reuters)

China's local governments going bankrupt?

Local governments in China are facing a problem of not having enough in their coffers, leading to various measures such as a hiring freeze in Hegang city. Corruption also remains a problem, with some officials using their authority and influence to line their own pockets. Zaobao correspondent Yang Danxu notes that there is a danger of such debt issues becoming a risk to social stability.
A worker delivers food supplies to residents at a residential compound under lockdown in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China, 29 December 2021. (CNS photo via Reuters)

Chaos in Xi’an: From zero-Covid to ‘zero cases in communities’

In the face of greater challenges in containing Covid-19, China seems to have tweaked its zero-Covid strategy in Xi’an to that of “zero cases in communities”. Even so, the situation since a lockdown started on 23 December 2021 seems chaotic. What else needs to change as authorities tailor their approach to different cities and situations? Zaobao correspondent Yang Danxu examines the issue.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) arrives with Premier Li Keqiang (left) and members of the Politburo Standing Committee for a reception at the Great Hall of the People on the eve of China's National Day on 30 September 2021. (Greg Baker/AFP)

Who's who among the new CPC leadership: Enroute to CPC's 20th Party Congress

The Communist Party of China’s 20th Party Congress will be convened next autumn, during which a new leadership team will be in place. Currently, the party committees of the 31 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities are undergoing leadership overhauls and electing delegates to next year’s congress as well. What are some common traits of the stand-out new leaders?
This general view shows the headquarters of SenseTime, a Chinese artificial intelligence company based in Hong Kong on 13 December 2021, after the company postponed a planned US$767 million initial public offering after it was blacklisted by the US over human rights concerns in Xinjiang. (Peter Parks/AFP)

China's AI giant SenseTime blacklisted: Is China-US financial decoupling taking place?

The US government has seemingly pulled the rug from under the feet of SenseTime by putting it on a blacklist just a week before its planned IPO, effectively blocking US funding from the AI company. But while the official reason is human rights issues in Xinjiang, perhaps the real reason is the ongoing tech competition between the US and China. If so, it seems that the US has found another lever with which to pressure China — curtailing investment.