It is the week before the Lunar New Year Holiday. In normal times this would be a slow, happy, celebratory few days ahead.
The outbreaks in Xi’an, Henan and Tianjin are under or nearly under control per official actions and data. Beijing’s outbreak is not, and that is clearly causing a lot of stress given the Olympics start in less than two weeks.
Today’s Essential Eight:
Covid and the Olympics
Purging the pernicious influence of Sun Lijun
Report on July 2021 Henan floods
Energy conservation and emissions plan
Uproar in Australia as PM’s Wechat account sold and rebranded
Thanks for reading.