China’s Xi to visit Saudi Arabia, sources say, amid frayed ties with the US

China’s Xi to visit Saudi Arabia, sources say, amid frayed ties with the US

CNN  —  Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to arrive in Saudi Arabia on Thursday for a two-day state visit amid high tensions between the United States and the two countries, according to a source with knowledge of the trip, an Arab diplomatic source and two senior Arab officials. Xi’s trip to Riyadh will include … Read more

South Korea spent $200 billion, but it can’t pay people enough to have a baby

South Korea spent 0 billion, but it can’t pay people enough to have a baby

Seoul, South Korea CNN  —  The season of baby fairs is here once again in South Korea. Busy, noisy affairs held in cavernous conference halls where hundreds of vendors try to sell expectant parents everything they could possibly desire for their new bundle of joy – and plenty of other things they never knew they … Read more

Ukrainian embassies across Europe receive bloody packages containing ‘animal eyes’

Ukrainian embassies across Europe receive bloody packages containing ‘animal eyes’

CNN  —  More than a dozen letters containing explosives or animal parts have been sent to Ukrainian diplomats around the world, according to Ukraine’s foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba. “This campaign is aimed at sowing fear,” Kuleba told CNN’s Matthew Chance in an exclusive interview in Kyiv on Friday. There have been 17 cases of embassies … Read more

Macron arrives at the White House for first state visit of the Biden administration

Macron arrives at the White House for first state visit of the Biden administration

CNN  —  US President Joe Biden is taking part in a flurry of events as part of his first state visit since taking office, welcoming the arrival of French President Emmanuel Macron and his spouse, Brigitte Macron, on Thursday. The Macrons’ trip to the White House marks their second time as the guests of honor … Read more

White House treads carefully as protests unfold in China as US tries to mend relations with Beijing

White House treads carefully as protests unfold in China as US tries to mend relations with Beijing

Washington CNN  —  As frustrated demonstrators take to the streets across China to protest the government’s draconian Covid-19 restrictions – prompting rare civil unrest and clashes between the public and officials – the Biden White House is choosing its words carefully and deliberately. Top US officials who have been closely monitoring the unrest in China … Read more

China’s security apparatus swings into action to smother Covid protests

China’s security apparatus swings into action to smother Covid protests

CNN  —  China’s vast security apparatus has moved swiftly to smother mass protests that swept the country, with police patrolling streets, checking cell phones and even calling some demonstrators to warn them against a repeat. In major cities on Monday and Tuesday, police flooded the sites of protests that took place over the weekend, when … Read more

US and China in first South China Sea encounter since Xi-Biden meeting

US and China in first South China Sea encounter since Xi-Biden meeting

Seoul, South Korea CNN  —  The United States and Chinese militaries exchanged harsh words Tuesday after a US Navy warship performed the first freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) in the South China Sea since the leaders of the two powers met earlier this month in an attempt to ease tensions. In a statement, the Chinese … Read more

Kamala Harris, Emmanuel Macron to visit NASA headquarters

Kamala Harris, Emmanuel Macron to visit NASA headquarters

CNN  —  Vice President Kamala Harris will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron at NASA headquarters on Wednesday as part of Macron’s state visit this week, US and French officials told CNN. The NASA visit – which will include a working meeting and a briefing by US space officials – will highlight a deepening French-American … Read more

China protests: At the heart of protests against zero-Covid, young people cry for freedom

China protests: At the heart of protests against zero-Covid, young people cry for freedom

A version of this story appeared in CNN’s Meanwhile in China newsletter, a three-times-a-week update exploring what you need to know about the country’s rise and how it impacts the world. Sign up here. CNN  —  For the first time in decades, thousands of people have defied Chinese authorities to protest at universities and on … Read more

China’s lockdown protests: What you need to know about the rare mass demonstrations

China’s lockdown protests: What you need to know about the rare mass demonstrations

Beijing CNN  —  From Shanghai to Beijing, protests have erupted across China in a rare show of dissent against the ruling Communist Party sparked by anger over the country’s increasingly costly zero-Covid policy. As numbers swelled at demonstrations in multiple major cities over the weekend, so too have the range of grievances voiced – with … Read more