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.

Wuhan Yangtze River Tunnel is blocked with a barrier during the lockdown on Wuhan. (Reuters)

Is the lockdown airtight? Infected Wuhan former prisoner's entry into Beijing sparks concern

The case of a former Wuhan prison inmate who tested positive for Covid-19 after travelling to Beijing has sparked debate about loopholes in China’s lockdown measures. Coupled with signs that new cases are on the rise again in Beijing, fears are renewed. Lianhe Zaobao’s Beijing correspondent Yang Danxu gets to the heart of the matter.
In this photo taken on 23 February 2020, a woman wearing a protective facemask to protect against the Covid-19 coronavirus cycles in front of the Lama Temple that is closed off to the public in Beijing. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP)

Safeguarding Beijing

Three cautionary warnings have been issued in the last six days by the Chinese government, calling on officials to pay special attention to containing Covid-19 in Beijing. Beijing correspondent Yang Danxu observes that the authorities' political survival is at stake if Beijing becomes severely affected by the coronavirus. All hands are on deck to ensure that this does not happen.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology has been caught up in controversy since the outbreak of Covid-19. (WIV website)

Embroiled in controversies: Did Covid-19 come from the Wuhan Institute of Virology?

Amid uncertainty, netizens are indulging in speculation about the origin of the Covid-19 virus. Their conjectures lead to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Workers in protective suits at a checkpoint for registration and body temperature measurement, at an entrance to a residential compound in Wuhan. Major leadership changes have been announced in an effort to control the epidemic. (Reuters)

Replaced and warned, leadership in Hubei and Wuhan undergoes shakeup

Zaobao correspondent Yang Danxu does a roundup of the leadership changes in Hubei and Wuhan due to the Covid-19 epidemic, and finds out that more is yet to come.
Air China employees wear medical masks for protection against the Covid-19 at LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal on 2 February 2020 in Los Angeles, California. The United States was first to announce a travel ban on travellers from China. (David McNew/Getty Images/AFP)

Covid-19: Further split in China-US relationship?

The Covid-19 crisis should have been a chance for the US and China to increase cooperation. Instead, the two countries have lobbed diplomatic volleys against each other in a show of one-upmanship. Now, their competition arena has widened beyond trade or tech, to the escalating coronavirus epidemic.
Medical staff at a hospital in Wuhan, 5 February 2020. (Xiong Qi/Xinhua)

[Big Read] Wuhan waits for a turning point

The new coronavirus has not yet peaked but is already having serious impacts on the people and businesses of Wuhan and China. Zaobao correspondent Yang Danxu looks at the micro and macro effects of the epidemic, from personal accounts to medical and economic forecasts, in this big read on Wuhan.
Medical staff collecting medical supplies from the Wuhan Red Cross Society on 27 January 2020. (Wuhan Red Cross Society official Weibo)

Wuhan coronavirus: Hubei and Wuhan Red Cross Society officials draw flak

Poor handling of the Wuhan coronavirus epidemic continues to incur public wrath. This time, China’s Red Cross fields tough questions as to why donated supplies are not reaching those in need.
How should public opinion be handled amidst the escalation of the Wuhan coronavirus? (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg)

Wuhan "rumour-monger" netizens are heroes after all

Amidst intensifying public opinion and discussion on the rapidly escalating Wuhan coronavirus, the Supreme People’s Court has broken the silence and stepped out in defence of alleged rumour-mongers, openly questioning Wuhan officials’ mishandling of the outbreak in its initial stages. Zaobao correspondent Yang Danxu finds out from academics how Wuhan officials could have better dealt with public opinion in the Internet era.
People wearing face masks to help stop the spread of a deadly virus which began in the city, wait for medical attention at Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan on 25 January 2020. (Hector Retamal/AFP)

Wuhan coronavirus: A test of human kindness and resilience

As Wuhan continues its lockdown, populations outside are imposing their own lockdown by shutting out Wuhan people from their borders and cities. Is the epidemic attacking the mind as well as the body as it tests human kindness and resilience?