William Stevenson was one of the first foreign correspondents to visit the People’s Republic of China. Decades later, despite its transformation, I recognize the same country.
Alexandra StevensonSix decades ago my father was one of the first reporters into Communist China. The country has changed so much since then and yet there are echoes of his observations today. A very personal project
A flood of investment from China has tempered worries that Beijing’s tightening grip on the Asian financial capital would end its status as a lucrative place to do business.
Alexandra StevensonDon't expect business to hesitate about Hong Kong's new security law. As @LeoAW put it, “for now it’s just a small fire and they think, ‘I can always leave because the door is still open.' They don’t realize that the door could close before they leave.”
Bank claims that it will face reprisals in China if Huawei is banned from the UK's 5G network
Alexandra StevensonHSBC wades further into China politics. According to the Telegraph, its chairman warned Boris Johnson's advisors against a ban on Huawei in 5G telecoms networks, saying that it could face reprisals. Based on anonymous sources
Half a decade after a spate of officer-involved deaths inspired widespread protest, many police unions are digging in to defend members.
Alexandra StevensonScary how vindictive police unions can be. When one councilman sought to divert $ away from new officers and toward an violence prevention police responded slower to 911 calls placed by his constituents. “It operates a little bit like a protection racket”
Beijing is using fear and pressure to drum up support for its increasingly hard-line stance in the Asian financial capital, threatening its status as a global business center.
Alexandra StevensonRead more from lawyers, bankers, professors and others who describe a growing culture of fear in offices here. Reporting it took months handholding and many passes from interviewees too scared to talk on the record. It is a warning of what is to come 7/7
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