News-Medical .net: Compounds in traditional Chinese medicine herbs may inhibit SARS-CoV-2 infection

News-Medical .net: Compounds in traditional Chinese medicine herbs may inhibit SARS-CoV-2 infection. “Using computational methods, a team of researchers identified three compounds in traditional Chinese medicine that could be used against SARS-CoV-2: quercetin, puerarin and kaempferol​. Of the three compounds, quercetin showed the highest binding affinity to both the ACE2 receptor and the receptor-binding domain of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, and could thus provide a dual synergistic effect.”

BBC: Shanghai airport Covid scare sparks ‘chaotic’ mass testing

BBC: Shanghai airport Covid scare sparks ‘chaotic’ mass testing. “A string of positive Covid tests at Shanghai’s Pudong airport has sparked mass testing of thousands of people amid reportedly chaotic scenes. Authorities requested all cargo staff come for testing on Sunday. Official pictures released of the testing appear to show an orderly, calm process. However, other videos believed to be of the mass testing show officials in hazmat suits corralling large, yelling crowds into a restricted space.”

Covid-19: China pushes for QR code based global travel system (BBC)

BBC: Covid-19: China pushes for QR code based global travel system. “Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for a “global mechanism” that would use QR codes to open up international travel. ‘We need to further harmonise policies and standards and establish ‘fast tracks’ to facilitate the orderly flow of people,’ he said. The codes will be used to help establish a traveller’s health status. But Human Rights advocates warn that the codes could be used for “broader political monitoring and exclusion”.

South China Morning Post: Biggest photo archive of 19th century China needs a new custodian, says US collector who amassed the 20,000-plus images

South China Morning Post: Biggest photo archive of 19th century China needs a new custodian, says US collector who amassed the 20,000-plus images. “A woman wearing jade bracelets, her hair pulled back into a shiny bun, appears to rest a moment against a table…. Another shows a street scene in a narrow alleyway. Figures peer out from behind an array of commercial signs for shops, offering everything from tea, noodles and dim sum to paper products, stone tortoises and floor bricks.”

Navigating Chinese academia: A rough guide to CNKI, China’s JSTOR (SupChina)

SupChina: Navigating Chinese academia: A rough guide to CNKI, China’s JSTOR. “Whether at school or in your career, I suspect that you have used a service like JSTOR, which is a digital library of books, newspapers, academic publications, and more. China’s version of JSTOR is called CNKI, the China National Knowledge Infrastructure, hosted by Tsinghua University with support from the Chinese government. There is a lot inside CNKI. Like JSTOR, it serves as a repository for articles, patents, government documents, and other reference materials. For the purpose of this walkthrough, I’m only going to explain how to search through top academic journals, but many aspects of this walkthrough should be applicable to other parts of the CNKI portal.”

Covid-19: Chinese vaccine ‘successful in mid-stage trials’ (BBC)

BBC: Covid-19: Chinese vaccine ‘successful in mid-stage trials’. “A Covid-19 vaccine developed in China has shown success in mid-stage trials, researchers say. There are several vaccines being developed in China, some of which are already being administered. According to the researchers, the Sinovac Biotech vaccine led to a quick immune response during trials with around 700 people.”

Brookings: A brief experiment in a more open Chinese web

Brookings: A brief experiment in a more open Chinese web. “On Oct. 9, a company backed by China’s largest cybersecurity company, Qihoo 360, released Tuber, an app for Android in China that enabled the browsing of content outside the Great Firewall, including banned sites like Google, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Netflix. A blurb on the app’s dedicated webpage noted that ‘Tuber has passed the review of relevant competent authorities and obtained an online operating license.'”

Voice of America: Chinese Authorities Punish Citizens for Using Foreign Social Media

Voice of America: Chinese Authorities Punish Citizens for Using Foreign Social Media. “Chinese Communist Party officials appear to be increasing their harassment and punishment of Chinese internet users who publish on foreign social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. China’s government firewall blocks access to those sites, but users can use VPNs and other technology to circumvent it.”

The Bejinger: The Expat Influencers Taking Chinese Social Media by Storm

The Bejinger: The Expat Influencers Taking Chinese Social Media by Storm. “While the cult of personality surrounding social media influencers is a worldwide phenomenon, in China, devotion to KOLs – or key opinion leaders – stands in a league of its own. Millions of video content producers share their opinions and slices of life on social media platforms, with more and more expats cashing in on the craze…. To help you navigate this evolving world of internet celebrity, we’ve rounded up a few accounts that are quickly becoming the new face of foreign-China, much to the delight of Chinese netizens.”

Covid: Brazil allows resumption of Chinese vaccine trial (BBC)

BBC: Covid: Brazil allows resumption of Chinese vaccine trial. “Brazil’s health regulator has announced that the trial of a Chinese coronavirus vaccine can resume. Anvisa suspended Brazil’s trial of the vaccine two days ago, citing a ‘severe adverse incident’ – reported to be the death of a volunteer. The head of the institute conducting the trial said the death had no connection to the vaccine.”

Washington Post: The U.S. has absolutely no control over the coronavirus. China is on top of the tiniest risks.

Washington Post: The U.S. has absolutely no control over the coronavirus. China is on top of the tiniest risks.. “In the United States, as the pandemic rages, an increasingly pressing worry has been airborne transmission — which appears to be the key to large super-spreading events. Meanwhile, transmission from surfaces has been played down by experts, who have emphasized that this route is not thought to be a common way the virus spreads. But in China, where cases are increasingly rare and the government has adopted a no-tolerance policy for new infections, a growing emphasis has been placed on identifying less likely sources of infection.”

CNN: TikTok exec says she ‘misspoke’ in hearing about the app censoring Xinjiang content

CNN: TikTok exec says she ‘misspoke’ in hearing about the app censoring Xinjiang content. “TikTok censored videos related to incidents in Xinjiang to avoid promoting conflict, an executive at the short-form video app told UK lawmakers this week. [This is the statement referred to when Ms. Kanter says she misspoke.] The statement came during a hearing held Thursday by the United Kingdom’s Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, which grilled Elizabeth Kanter, the company’s director of government relations and public policy for UK, Ireland and Israel, over TikTok’s links to China.”

Xinhua: Digitalization used to bring back Dunhuang’s cultural relics

Xinhua: Digitalization used to bring back Dunhuang’s cultural relics. “Chinese researchers plan to digitalize cultural relics that were taken overseas from the famed Mogao Grottoes more than a century ago. The relics excavated from the Library Cave in Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes will be digitalized, Luo Huaqing, deputy director of the Dunhuang Academy, said at an academic conference on Saturday.”

Boston University Today: BU Spearheads Massive Database of Centuries of Culture-Sharing between the West and China

Boston University Today: BU Spearheads Massive Database of Centuries of Culture-Sharing between the West and China. “The China Historical Christian Database, based at the School of Theology’s Center for Global Christianity & Mission and being built by researchers there and at CAS, gets granular: it will feature maps and other resources showing where Christian churches, schools, hospitals, orphanages, and publishing houses were located in China, how long they operated, and who worked in them.”

Shine: China’s foreign investment website gets upgrade

Shine: China’s foreign investment website gets upgrade. “A new version of the official website with foreign investment guidance in China was launched on Thursday at the third China International Import Expo….So far, it has posted cumulatively more than 200,000 articles or briefs in Chinese and English, among which over 12,000 were on laws and regulations, over 15,000 offered statistical data, 80,000 were news items, 2,400 were research reports, and nearly 60,000 were information on outbound investment projects.”