Hong Kong

Hong Kong Drops Mask Mandate After Almost Three Years

John Lee, the Beijing-controlled chief executive of Hong Kong, announced on Tuesday that Hong Kong’s mandate to wear masks both inside and outdoors will be dropped on Wednesday, March 1. The mandate was imposed in July 2020, making it one of the world’s longest-lasting and strictest coronavirus mandates.

Commuters wearing face masks browse their smartphones as they ride on a subway train in Hong Kong on Feb. 7, 2023. Hong Kong’s government announced Thursday, Feb. 16, that the territory's population dropped for a third straight year as deaths rose during the pandemic and anti-virus measures reduced the number …

Chinese Communist Party Prepares Coronation for Xi Jinping

The Chinese Communist Party’s 20th Party Congress, which begins in Beijing on Sunday, is being carefully stage-managed as a coronation event for dictator Xi Jinping, who will seize a third term in power at the event and write himself into Communist history as the most consequential leader besides Party founder Mao Zedong.