Open thread Jan. 24, 2022 Dan Crawford | January 25, 2022 5:31 am Comments (28) | Digg Facebook Twitter |
January 25, 2022
Chinese mainland reports 45 new COVID-19 cases
The Chinese mainland recorded 45 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday, with 18 linked to local transmissions and 27 from overseas, data from the National Health Commission showed on Tuesday.
A total of 43 new asymptomatic cases were also recorded, and 747 asymptomatic patients remain under medical observation.
Confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland now total 105,705, with the death toll remaining unchanged at 4,636 since January last year.
Chinese mainland new locally transmitted cases
Chinese mainland new imported cases
Chinese mainland new asymptomatic cases
January 24, 2022
Cases ( 72,958,690)
Deaths ( 891,595)
Deaths per million ( 2,669)
Cases ( 105,660)
Deaths ( 4,636)
Deaths per million ( 3)
China has administered over 2.97 vaccine doses on the mainland, to over 1.22 billion persons, levels that are considered by leading Chinese medical specialists to be roughly that of theoretical herd immunity:
I’d just as soon pay attention to DeSantis as the Chinese. You know, the government that put new meaning into re-education camps?
“China is another story. Its official statistics understate the Chinese Covid death rate by 17,000% (according to The Economist’s model).
In fact, based on excess mortality calculations, The Economist estimates that the true number of Covid deaths in China is not 4,636 – but something like 1.7 million.
That is, China’s cumulative death toll is likely at least double that of the United States. “
January 24, 2022
From Belt & Road to innovation cooperation, China-Israel cooperation blossoms
“A decade ago, very little was happening between our two countries. In the subsequent years, relations grew significantly on almost every front, from academic exchange and cooperation to scientific collaboration and joint research, from business investment to infrastructure development,” said Carice Witte, founder & executive director of Sino-Israel Global Network & Academic Leadership.
By Shang Hao, Lyu Yingxu and Wang Hao
JERUSALEM — Though 4,000 miles (about 6,437.4 km) away from each other, China and Israel, since establishing diplomatic relations in 1992, have seen bilateral cooperation developing and expanding to the great mutual benefit.
Especially in 2017, China and Israel announced the establishment of innovative comprehensive partnership, which opened a new chapter of their friendly cooperation.
From the Belt and Road cooperation to technology and innovation exchanges, over the years, China-Israel relations have achieved fruitful cooperation in various fields.
BRI PROMOTES COOPERATION
Busily and efficiently, the new port in northern Israeli city of Haifa, a transportation and industrial center of the country, deals with tons of cargo every day.
Inaugurated in September 2021, this port is expected to decrease import costs and present an economic boon for Israel, where most international trade is handled via maritime routes.
The new port is an automated container port constructed primarily by the China Shanghai International Port Group, which was franchised to run the new port for 25 years. With 1.7-billion-U.S.-dollar investment, the new port has an annual handling capacity of 1.86 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs).
“The new port opened a new gateway to the world,” said Merav Michaeli, Israeli transportation and road safety minister, at the inauguration ceremony, adding that the new port will accelerate Israel’s economic development, increase export and trade, bridge social gaps and lower prices.
Supported by the Israeli government, the Haifa new port becomes a microcosm of the win-win cooperation between China and Israel, under the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), aiming at building a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along the ancient Silk Road trade routes.
Data released by the Israeli Ministry of Transportation shows that the country is now investing 4-5 billion dollars each year to upgrade its transport infrastructure and is building airports, seaports, railroad tracks, roads and tunnels, which reflects the huge complementarity of the respective economic advantages between the two countries.
In recent years, Chinese companies are handling major infrastructure and transportation projects in Israel, including winning the tenders to build new ports in Haifa and southern Israeli city of Ashdod, as well as building a key section of the Tel Aviv light rail system.
Chinese companies and investment have brought tangible benefits to Israel. So far, over 30 Chinese enterprises are operating in Israel, creating around 10,000 jobs for Israel, figures from the Chinese embassy in Israel show.
“The Belt and Road Initiative is a vision that reflects the ability of people to connect and work together across the world, to build bridges for all peoples, and eventually a better future for all,” said former Israeli President Reuven Rivlin….
Israel is strong enough to kick China’s butt if they cross the line.
I have been on the China mainland enough times to know what I have seen. The Chinese population is expendable. China has some of the worst environmental conditions I have experienced. The focus is not on people, it is on building infrastructure to keep labor busy building things which will Never be inhabited and then torn down again. I gave you an article one the pollution caused by the dumping of chemicals resulting from the manufacture of photoelectric cells. Dumped within short distances of villages.
Please stop the China commercial. Barkley would not allow it at Econospeak. I have heard enough and I believe Dan will agree with me. I am extremely tolerant but this is a bridge too far. Yves at Naked Capitalism would have booted you long ago. I figured you would have focused on other topics by now. Please stop . . .
China and Israel are now negotiating a free trade partnership, to deepen economic relations. Israel is part of the Belt and Road program. The countries have numerous sister-city partnership, Israeli school and universities have many China studies courses and programs, while China has many Israel studies programs. There is a new Jewish history museum in Shanghai….
January 23, 2022
Innovative cooperation becomes highlight, booster of China-Israel relations: Chinese ambassador
JERUSALEM — Since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1992, China and Israel have achieved fruitful cooperation in various fields, and innovative cooperation has become a highlight and booster of the China-Israel relations, Chinese Ambassador to Israel Cai Run has said….
Importantly, along with the long and ever closer relationships with Israel, China has close diplomatic relations with every predominantly Arab-Muslim country and every predominantly Muslim neighboring-country. Predominantly Muslim Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia and Malaysia have close relations with China.
Importantly, more than 100,000 Israelis visited China in 2019 and though these visitors profoundly understand what the 1930s and 1940s meant, the visitors found China warm and inviting and attractive. When travel is simpler again, many more Israelis will visit China, while hundreds of thousands of Chinese will visit Israel.
The Chinese population is expendable….
[ This is absurd and unfortunate. Try looking at say life span and infant mortality among other data. Really though, prejudice makes understanding ever so difficult. ]
This goes beyond a casual conversation. I also resent your comment alleging prejudice. My Chinese associates have said similar. You will not use Angry Bear as a tool to spout This propaganda. While this area is for open conversation. You have gone beyond what is acceptable. 2nd warning “Stop.”
She has two decades of spewing Chinese Propaganda. She will not stop.
January 15, 2018
Life Expectancy at Birth for China, United States, India, Japan and Germany, 1977-2019
January 30, 2018
Infant Mortality Rate for China, United States, India, Japan and Germany, 1977-2019
January 15, 2018
Life Expectancy at Birth for China, India, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa, 1980-2019
January 30, 2018
Infant Mortality Rate for China, India, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa, 1977-2019
according to the first graph you have there. the 2019 life expectancy in China, Brazil and Mexico is comparable to ours after one year of Covid:
it’s beginning to look like Covid is the gift that keeps on giving…
anecdotally, it was in the news yesterday that Sarah Palin had tested positive for a second time after being infected with a earlier variant, while last week Iowa Rep. Ashley Hinson announced that she had tested positive for the virus a second time within two years. Palin was not vaccinated, Hinson was fully vaccinated and boosted.
I agree that Covid is the gift that keeps on giving. It has become my patent excuse for avoiding social occasions and I could not be any happier about that. I get out cautiously to shop for groceries, necessary medical appointments, and get my next shot. My wife still goes to a few weddings for her nieces and nephews, but so far I have avoided being the drag.
I am always polite and always respectful, and always pleased with myself for being so. Also, what I have written is always factual and cogent and especially important but some may think otherwise. No matter, I do try.
[ “The Chinese population is expendable…”
This is a completely incorrect and unfortunate assertion. Do try to understand. ]
You post Chinese lies on a regular basis. You totally ignore a million people in concentration camps. You are a horrible person .
Is Angry Bear Blog to go the way of Economist’s View.
We will know, soon enough.
Definitely, maybe. Dan and Run/Bill are both long in the tooth. Without some young new blood then succession may not be in the grand scheme of things. I do know that Owen Paine’s planned blog never materialized and he is prophetilizing from Twitter now.
i ran into three articles at the Washington Post this morning that serve to anecdotally illustrate the impact of the current Covid surge on our hospitals…i’ll just excerpt a bit of each.
this article was from earlier in the month, before our hospitalizations broke the record we set last year…so the number of us who are now hospitalized & in ICUs is about 40% greater than when this was written..
the Wall Street Journal is now saying US Omicron deaths have exceeded those from Delta:
i know i’m starting to sound like a broken record about this, but the numbers grab and hold my attention: the US has accounted for roughly 26% of all Covid deaths worldwide since the last week of December…
I still think that the US is sitting in the Covid-19 mortality rate sweet spot between nations wealthy and advanced enough to maintain the life of a vast number of unhealthy people and nations poor and ignorant enough to not take proper precautions in their daily lives to protect against a deadly contagious virus. Really, what kind of idiots does it take to have free vaccinations and face masks and not use them? How is it that we must attend those super spreader events?
[OK – information from the link below kind of sucks.]
Compared to Peer Countries, the U.S. Had the Highest Rate of Mortality Among People Under Age 65 and Potential Years of Life Lost in 2020 Due to the Pandemic
Published: Apr 08, 2021
A new KFF issue brief examines 2020 data on excess mortality – the number of deaths above what is expected in a typical year – and finds that among similarly large and wealthy nations, the United States had the highest premature excess mortality rate in 2020, indicating that younger people in the U.S. were more likely to have died due to the pandemic than younger people in other countries.
The excess mortality rate among Americans ages 15-64 was 58 per 100,000 people in the age group in 2020 – more than double that of the next closest peer nation, the United Kingdom (25 per 100,000). Nearly half (48%) of excess deaths in the U.S. were among people younger than 75, compared to 18% for Belgium, a country with a comparable overall excess mortality rate.
The brief also estimates excess potential years of life lost (“premature excess deaths”) in the U.S. and peer nations. Excess potential years of life lost (up to age 75) is a measure of excess mortality and is used to compare differences in disease burden and longevity across countries. The analysis finds that the U.S. had 1,171 excess potential years of life lost up to age 75 per 100,000 people ages 0-74, which is over twice the rate of premature excess mortality in the next closest country, the U.K. (488 per 100,000 people). This approach, which follows OECD methods, may understate premature excess mortality in 2020, as excess deaths over age of 75 in 2020 were also premature compared to a typical year.
In comparison to a typical year, the U.S. lost an additional 3.6 million potential years of life in 2020. The high premature excess death rate in the U.S. was driven in part by racial disparities. American Indian and Alaska Native, Black, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, and Hispanic people had over 3 times the premature excess death rate in the U.S. in 2020 than the rate among other groups. Thirty percent of the total excess potential years of life lost in the U.S. were among Black people, and 31% were among Hispanic people, rates disproportionate to their shares of the total U.S. population.
Prior to 2020, the U.S. already had the highest rate of premature deaths among peer countries. This analysis shows the gap in premature mortality rates between the U.S. and peer countries has increased due to the pandemic.
The analysis is available on the Peterson-KFF Health System Tracker, an online information hub dedicated to monitoring and assessing the performance of the U.S. health system.
[That’s all folks – on that page at least.]