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Opinion | Virus or no virus, Americans should not rely on China for medicine

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, China has drastically cut exports of personal protective equipment like masks, respirators, gowns, and goggles.

By Michael Clifford, Staff Columnist

April 16, 2020

From giving extensive state subsidies to domestic firms and blocking foreign companies from entering their market, China is not allowing honest competition. 

Opinion | End the trade war, but don’t let China off the hook

President Donald Trump speaks at the Economic Club of New York on Nov. 12 in New York City. Trump, speaking to business leaders and others in the financial community, spoke about the state of the U.S. economy and the prolonged trade talks with China.

By Michael Clifford, Staff Columnist

November 13, 2019

Trump should look for another solution if he hopes to constructively punish Chinese policies that have reduced competition.

Column: LeBron is all for activism — until it’s an inconvenience

Lebron James answered questions about the NBA’s current tension with China at a press conference on Monday.

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

October 16, 2019

LeBron James recently addressed Daryl Morey’s comments and the ensuing fallout from China, resulting in a stunning display of tone-deafness from an individual typically known for adept social commentary.

The NBA is being bullied by China, and it can’t continue

The Chinese flag is seen with a display of basketballs at the NBA store in Beijing on Oct. 9.

By Sean Tierney, Staff Writer

October 9, 2019

Less than a week ago, the Houston Rockets were one of the most popular basketball teams in China. Today, they are an enemy of the Chinese state. The same team once loved by Yao Ming, NBA Hall of Famer and current chairman of the Chinese Basketball Association, is now the focal point of a Chinese blacklisting of the NBA.

Pitt suspends Confucius Institute Chinese language program

The University announced in July that the Confucius Institute at Pitt will not continue its Chinese language program for this academic year.

By Emily Wen, For The Pitt News

September 5, 2019

On July 31, Pitt announced that the Confucius Institute will discontinue its Chinese language program for this academic year as a result of new guidelines from the U.S. State Department.

Blog: Further reflections on adoption, Chinese study abroad

Copy Chief Kim Rooney looks out over the Great Wall of China during her summer study abroad program.

By Kim Rooney, Contributing Editor

February 8, 2019

When I become too embroiled in writer’s block, I often remind myself that, so long as I stay alive to do so, I can update pieces I write. I studied abroad in Shanghai in the summer of 2017, during which time I returned to my hometown Gaoyou. When I came back to the United States, I wrote a column reflec...

Blog: Shanghai from sunrise to sunset

Scooters and ofo bikes line the streets outside of East China Normal University's campus in Shanghai.

By Levko Karmazyn, Staff Writer

February 1, 2019

Shanghai gave me a new appreciation for chaos. Between the insane driving, commerce and sheer number of inhabitants — 24 million or so — it seemed as if there was no way I could ever make sense of it all. But the more my focus narrowed, whether on an individual life, a single small shop or even o...

China is phasing out its one-child policy for the wrong reasons

Demographics of China's population after the ruling party decided to end the one-child policy, allowing married couples to have 2 children, in 2016. (Graphic via Tribune News Service)

By Kim Rooney | Contributing Editor

June 20, 2018

The small oval scar on the top of my left arm goes unnoticed by most. They have no reason to look, since the United States stopped administering the smallpox vaccination in 1972. Even I forget it’s there, until news from across the ocean reminds me that it’s the physical marker of China, a country that...

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