National Security

CHINA: Coronavirus Could Spread Two Weeks Before Symptoms Show

A Chinese health official reports the Wuhan novel coronavirus could be contagious for up to two weeks before a patient becomes symptomatic. This means people who are not yet showing symptoms of coronavirus-related illness could be spreading the virus to other contacts.

People wearing face masks attend to a child in a stroller as they ride a subway train in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. The new virus accelerated its spread in China, and the U.S. Consulate in the epicenter of the outbreak, the central city of Wuhan, announced Sunday it will …

CORONAVIRUS: U.S. Orders Wuhan Consulate Staff to Leave City

The U.S. Department of State ordered employees of the Consulate in Wuhan, China, to evacuate from the city in wake of the spreading novel coronavirus. The order comes as Chinese authorities expand containment responses designed to slow or stop the rapidly spreading virus that has so far killed at least 41 people.

People wear masks on a street in Hong Kong, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 to celebrate the Lunar New Year which marks the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac. Cutting off access to entire cities with millions of residents to stop a new virus outbreak is a step few …

China Jails Student for Mocking Tweet Posted from Minnesota

According to an announcement by the Wuchang District People’s Court on Wednesday, a Chinese student named Luo Daiqing was sentenced to six months in prison in the summer of 2019 for posting “comments and inappropriate images insulting to the leader of this country.”

The Chinese national flag is seen on a flagpole in Beijing on August 8, 2016. - Most of the five stars on the Chinese flags being used at medal ceremonies at the Rio Olympics are misaligned, officials said, prompting a diplomatic protest and online fury. (Photo by STR / AFP) …

China Confirms Wuhan Virus Infections in over 90% of Provinces

Chinese state media confirmed on Friday that the coronavirus that originated in the city of Wuhan has now infected 29 of China’s 31 provinces, a concession likely to be taken by critics as confirmation that the Chinese government has not been honest about how rapidly the disease is spreading. Increasingly draconian measures abruptly taken to combat the virus, such as effectively quarantining Wuhan and several other cities, convey the impression of a crisis that is much more serious than Beijing wanted to admit.

Chinese police officers wear protective masks as they patrol before the annual Spring Festival at a Beijing railway station on January 23, 2020 in Beijing, China. The number of cases of a deadly new coronavirus rose to over 500 in mainland China Wednesday as health officials locked down the city …