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.

A medical worker in a protective suit collects a swab from a resident at a makeshift PCR testing site amid the Covid-19 outbreak in Beijing, China, 25 May 2022. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

PCR testing is big business in China. But who will bear the cost?

PCR testing has become the norm in China and is now a burgeoning industry. However, despite the clear benefits of effective pandemic control, authorities must consider the cost implications before large-scale normalised testing can be implemented across the country. Zaobao correspondent Yang Danxu looks into the matter.
US President Joe Biden attends a press conference at the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on 23 May 2022. (Saul Loeb/AFP)

Biden's 'gaffe' on Taiwan reflects changing status quo in the Taiwan Strait

Yesterday, Chinese and Russian bombers flew over the Sea of Japan as US President Joe Biden attended the Quad summit in Tokyo. This comes a day after the president said that the US would defend Taiwan militarily if Beijing attacked. In fact, it was Biden's third time in nine months reiterating that message. Was this yet another gaffe, or a signal that the US is ready to drop its “strategic ambiguity” on Taiwan? Zaobao correspondent Yang Danxu analyses the situation.
A worker in a protective suit disinfects at a closed residential area during lockdown, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, in Shanghai, China, 17 May 2022. (Aly Song/Reuters)

It takes a mountain of effort to tell the truth about China's economy

Chinese economist David Li Daokui has been mocked by netizens for comments he made at a recent economics forum, where he said that China’s life expectancy has increased by an average of ten days due to pandemic efforts, and suggested setting up quarantine facilities next to factories in order to maintain productivity. But is this derision deserved? Zaobao correspondent Yang Danxu analyses the issue.
A resident and a child look out through gaps in the barriers at a closed residential area during lockdown, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, in Shanghai, China, 10 May 2022. (Aly Song/Reuters)

Escape from Shanghai: The sorry state this megacity finds itself in

Despite the decline in daily new Covid-19 cases over the past week, Shanghai has seen stricter anti-epidemic controls implemented to the point of absurdity. Zaobao correspondent Yang Danxu highlights the stranger-than-fiction happenings in Shanghai that have sparked public outrage and shaken people’s confidence in China’s zero-Covid policy.
Alibaba founder Jack Ma in Paris, France, 15 May 2019. (Charles Platiau/Reuters)

How Jack Ma’s surname sent shockwaves through China’s capital market

News of the arrest of an individual surnamed Ma in the technology industry in Hangzhou on suspicion of endangering national security led to a sharp drop in the stock market, as people associated the name with Jack Ma, co-founder of Alibaba. Zaobao’s Beijing correspondent Yang Danxu notes that perhaps this is not so surprising, given Jack Ma’s previous trouble with the Chinese government, especially during the crackdown on the “disorderly expansion of capital”.
Customers buy instant noodles, following the Covid-19 outbreak, at a supermarket in Beijing, China, 25 April 2022. (Tingshu Wang/Reuters)

Pandemic in China: Will Beijing repeat Shanghai's mistakes?

Fears and anxiety from Shanghai’s dire Covid-19 situation is spreading to other cities. In particular, Beijing is now seeing panic buying and residents preparing for the worst. People are getting ready for a lockdown that may not even happen, but given their ordeal in the early outbreak of the pandemic in 2020, their fears are not unfounded. Zaobao's Beijing correspondent Yang Danxu reveals the situation on the ground.
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.