Here’s what Chinese state media is saying ahead of Xi’s call with Biden

Chess pieces are seen in front of displayed China’s and US flags in this illustration taken January 25, 2022. Given Ruvic | Reuters BEIJING — While Chinese state media have tacked away from primarily pro-Russian coverage of the war in Ukraine, one of the consistent messages remains: Blame the US Chinese President Xi Jinping and … Read more

How much can — and will — China help Russia as its economy crumbles?

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with his China’s counterpart Xi Jinping during a signing ceremony following the Russian-Chinese talks on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 11, 2018. Sergei Chriikov | AFP | Getty Images Sanctions, asset freezes and withdrawals of international companies are hammering the Russian economy … Read more

Students allowed despite Covid policies

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday announced Australia will refund visa fees for vaccinated backpackers who arrive within the next three months. The country — whose tight, pandemic border policies locked out its citizens, and more recently, one of tennis’s biggest stars — is encouraging backpackers to visit. And it’s doing so because it wants … Read more