China in Focus (April 1): China State-Run Media Comments on April Fools’ Day

This year, even the Chinese Communist Party is taking notice of April Fools’ Day. But it seems the apparent jokes went too far.

The Biden administration’s first trade report labels Beijing as the “world’s leading offender” of creating overcapacity in a number of sectors. It also reiterates China’s responsibilities under the phase one U.S.–China trade agreement.

Chinese state-run media outlets quote a French reporter who denies that genocide is happening in China’s Xinjiang region. But French media say this reporter doesn’t actually exist.

A number of international fashion brands are refusing to use cotton from Xinjiang due to concerns over forced labor. But the abusive labor practice isn’t just limited to that region. A new book brings the situation to light.

Two Chinese-made vaccines have met the World Health Organization’s standard. But some countries that have distributed those doses are facing a surge of new infections.

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