Finding work for a generation has become a major priority for the country’s leaders, who have promised a better life in exchange for a lack of political freedom.
Alexandra StevensonRelations with the US are at a low point, Hong Kong smolders on its southern border, but China’s biggest problem is getting its people back to work. Leaders promise to do whatever it takes. That means creating 9 million jobs.
Moncef Slaoui, a former pharmaceutical executive, is now overseeing the U.S. initiative to development coronavirus treatments and vaccines. His financial interests and corporate roles have come under scrutiny.
Experts say that for the first time since 1998, global poverty will increase. At least a half a billion people could slip into destitution by the end of the year.
Alexandra StevensonThe pandemic is having a devastating impact on the world's poor. By the end of this year, half a billion people may be pushed into destitution. “There will be groups of people who climbed up the ladder and will now fall back.”
When COVID-19 recedes, it will leave behind a severe economic crisis. But, as always, some people will profit.
Alexandra Stevenson“This is much bigger than 2008...Those of us who have had the privilege of studying failed states have seen this before, but never in a big country like the United States, let alone a global economy.”
We spent weeks following women inside the country’s health care system, which has been crippled by a broken economy overseen by an increasingly authoritarian government.
Alexandra StevensonIn Venezuela, there is a term for childbirth — ruleta, or roulette. It refers to the grueling process for a pregnant woman of traveling from hospital to hospital, trying to find one that will help with delivery. “Here, a woman is treated like a dog.”
The government fears returnees who have been studying abroad could worsen the outbreak. But leaving them hanging risks making the authorities look like they can’t protect people.
Alexandra Stevenson[THREAD] Chinese students are stranded in the US. Many tried booking a half dozen flights at one go. Others waited, noses pressed to their phones as the price of airfare jumped. A few lucky ones hopped on a private jet.
There were 1,300 direct flights to 17 cities before President Trump’s travel restrictions. Since then, nearly 40,000 Americans and other authorized travelers have made the trip, some this past week and many with spotty screening.
In some countries, workers will have 90 percent of lost wages covered. In others, residents fear eviction. Nation to nation, rescue plans reflect conflicting ideas of government’s role in a crisis.
Alexandra StevensonA must read. A major casualty from this pandemic is the working class globally. But as govts unleash rescue packages, a hard reality has emerged: not everyone is equal. Those living in countries w/ wider social safety nets will come out of this much better
The publishers of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post release a statement critical of China’s revocation of Americans’ credentials.
Alexandra StevensonChina's expulsion of reporters "is uniquely damaging and reckless as the world continues the struggle to control this disease, a struggle that will require the free flow of reliable news and information,” write the publishers of NYT, WSJ and WaPo
An official said the expulsions were needed to defend China’s media against American suppression. Chinese state media outlets criticized American newspapers for coverage they described as biased.
Alexandra StevensonThe gloves are off. Tensions have escalated between the US and China over issues ranging from trade deficits to technological capacity and military dominance. Now, the media is the latest casualty in an increasingly brutal tit-for-tat. w/ @austinramzy
Hundreds of Americans were evacuated from Wuhan, China by the U.S. government after the coronavirus outbreak. They were placed in 14-day quarantines on military bases. One of them shared her experiences.
Alexandra StevensonThis is just what we needed. A coronavirus tale of hope (securing a ticket out of Wuhan), sadness (seeing your grandfather cry for the first time), fear (“everything looked like ‘Contagion’”) and compassion for the sick left behind.