In the meantime, Chinese state media have attacked Fauci, claiming that he has joined a “war of opinion against China”.
The attack on Fauci is a U-turn from the positive portrayal of him in previous reports. When Fauci repeatedly spoke out against the Trump administration’s handling of the pandemic last year, the Chinese state media published glowing reports praising the scientist for his professionalism and courage in telling the truth.
Fauci has since tried to clear up his remarks. On Tuesday, he told CBS News correspondent Weijia Jiang that his opinion on the origins of Covid-19 has not changed and that he still believes that its natural origin is “very likely”.
However, it remains unclear whether this will restore its image in China.
All over Asia
- The Indian authorities have raided the offices of Twitter, which is under pressure to censor anti-government content.
- Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi was seen in public for the first time since the military coup in February.
- Two-time Olympic gold medalist Sushil Kumar was arrested in connection with the murder of a fellow Indian wrestler.
- Meanwhile, artists in Hong Kong are trying to tread a delicate line under the city’s new national security law.
Business from china
The “F9” star revealed his love for the world’s largest film market after calling Taiwan the “country” in an interview with a Taiwanese broadcaster. Cena was promoting the ninth installment of the popular “Fast & Furious” franchise.
“Taiwan is the first country to see F9,” Cena told the broadcaster in Mandarin. Taiwan is a self-governing democratic island, but China claims it as sovereign territory, despite the fact that the two sides have been ruled separately since the end of a civil war over 70 years ago. Beijing has increasingly sought to use its economic might to oversee police speech on the matter around the world.
Cena apologized Tuesday on Weibo, China’s popular Twitter-like social media platform. When he spoke again in Mandarin, he did not refer to Taiwan by name or discuss the incident in detail, but said he had “conducted many interviews” and “made a mistake”.
“I have to say now [it’s] very, very, very, very important [that] I love and respect China and the Chinese people even more, “said Cena.
The episode is a sign of how mindful business in general – and Hollywood in particular – has become of political sensibilities in China. The “Fast & Furious” franchise has traditionally been well received by Chinese audiences, and “F9” grossed nearly $ 136 million in the country over the weekend.
– From Jill Disis
Then, on Tuesday, two tigers escaped from their enclosure after killing a zookeeper surnamed Jia in a park in central China’s Henan Province and were shot dead, according to state media.
The animals destroyed Jia while he was feeding her in the Danjiang Peacock Valley, a small tourist attraction in Xichuan County, west of Nanyang City. Jia was hospitalized and later died from his injuries.
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