Hours before releasing its special on the million Americans killed by Covid, the New York Times took to the home that “the world tries to move beyond Covid”, but “China may get in the way”, quoting Shanghai.
Soon after, however, Chinese vehicles such as the private Guancha and the Global Times, linked to the PC, brought headlines and photos with the reopening of commerce in Shanghai, from supermarkets to shopping malls.
On Saturday, the city reported 1,200 infections, down from a peak of 20,000 three weeks ago, a drop reported by the South China Morning Post to the Wall Street Journal.
By midweek, Washington’s Sinocism newsletter was already warning of “good news in Shanghai.”
Good news that started weeks earlier in the factories, with SAIC Volkswagen and above all Tesla resuming production in “closed circuit”, with workers housed in their own facilities.
Elon Musk tweeted midweek that “Tesla China’s team is amazing” and repeated the praise in a public interview with the Financial Times. The expansion of the factory in Shanghai is announced, in what an internal report, released by Reuters, projected to become “the largest car export hub in the world”.
To mark Shanghai’s return, People’s Daily, the PC’s flagship newspaper, the CCTV network (video above) and others covered the testing of the first C919 to be commercially delivered by Shanghai-based Comac, a competitor to Boeing and Airbus.
And Xi Jinping himself published an article in the theoretical journal Qiushi, taken to the People’s Daily headline, with Xinhua, and reproduced in Guancha, among others, addressing how to “disarm the main risks” to the country.
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