Coronavirus Lockdowns Extended in China, Stoking Global Recession Fears

The Chinese mega-city of Chengdu extended its week-long coronavirus lockdown on Thursday, trapping some 16 million of the city’s residents in quarantine indefinitely. Many other Chinese cities remain under lockdown or travel restrictions, making prospects grim for this weekend’s Mid-Autumn Festival, which is usually one of China’s biggest travel, tourism, and shopping holidays.

This photo taken on December 8, 2020 shows a health worker conducting a nucleic acid test on a resident in Chengdu, in western China's Sichuan province, after new Covid-19 coronavirus cases were detected in the city. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

Chinese State Media Celebrate Communist Ambush of CNN Reporter

China’s state-run Global Times on Thursday applauded a crowd outside the shuttered U.S. consulate in Chengdu for drowning out a CNN report by loudly singing nationalist songs, and generally congratulated China for having a great sense of humor about the diplomatic crossfire of embassy closings.

People stand on a road leading to the US Consulate in Chengdu, southwestern China's Sichuan province on July 27, 2020. - The American flag was lowered at the United States consulate in Chengdu, days after Beijing ordered it to close in retaliation for the shuttering of the Chinese consulate in …

China Threatens to Close U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong

China’s retaliation for the shuttering of its consulate in Houston, Texas, ended up being a tit-for-tat order to close the U.S. consulate in Chengdu, but the communist state may also close the American consulate general in Hong Kong.

Police remove a woman holding a US flag from outside the US consulate during a march to celebrate US Independence Day in Hong Kong on July 4, 2020. (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP) (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE/AFP via Getty Images)