1. China to further communicate with more countries to increase overseas flights
China will enhance communication with countries to increase international flights during the second half of this year, an official from Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said on Tuesday, as China relaxes inbound travel restrictions.
2. Several Chinese cities temporarily seal off residential compounds amid COVID flare-ups
Several Chinese cities have temporarily sealed off parts of city areas to curb the spread of the latest COVID-19 flare-ups, including Lanzhou in Northwest China’s Gansu Province and multiple cities in Central China’s Henan Province. Other regions, in face of the new round of virus spike especially the Omicron subvariant BA.5, rolled out targeted measures including the suspension of off-line school activities.
3. China, South Korea make ‘positive progress’ in talks for 2nd phase FTA despite ‘disturbing factors’
China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) said on Wednesday that China and South Korea have made “positive progress” in the second-phase China-South Korea FTA talks in areas such as cross-border trade in services, investment and financial services.
4. China’s foreign trade grows at double-digit pace in June with resilient outlook
China’s foreign trade saw a double-digit growth pace in June, a positive indicator that the world’s second-largest economy is recovering from the headwinds of COVID-19 outbreaks.
5. President leaves Sri Lanka, but bid to salvage economy expected to be tough
A state of emergency was declared in Sri Lanka on Wednesday, the Prime Minister’s Office said, after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa left for Maldives amid a severe economic crisis which has sparked severe protests.
6. China: People warned about severe heat wave
Health authorities in many Chinese cities warned residents not to work long hours outdoors to avoid heatstroke as several people have died in the furnace-like weather sweeping across the country, particularly in the Yangtze River Basin.