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DW News 14 Jan 2021

Is China changing its strategy towards decoupling from the world economy?


China's trade balance after exports grew to 535 billion US dollars in 2020, lifting its surplus to a five year high. That, despite the coronavirus pandemic and a trade war with the United States. In December, exports surged 18% on the previous year. Supply problems elsewhere helped boosted demand for Chinese goods. China's robust recovery also drove domestic consumption of foreign products with imports also beating expectations.

A report just released by the European Chamber in China implies that the Asian powerhouse has long managed its interdependence with the world economy in a highly strategic and limited manner. What does this mean for foreign companies operating there?

French #theaters won't be able to re-open until at least January 7, due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions. Throughout this Thursday, December 17, FRANCE 24 gives the floor to personalities from the world of culture hard hit by the health measures. FRANCE 24's Alison Sargent reports from the #Bobino Theater in #Paris.
For years Kaavan was living in substandard conditions at a Islamabad zoo. After a public outcry and campaigning by the US singer Cher. Kaavan, considered the world's ‘loneliest elephant' has finally moved from Pakistan to Cambodia.
Following criticism in Germany of the pace of the coronavirus vaccination roll-out, a health ministry official has revealed that Berlin has struck preliminary deals for an extra 50-million vaccine doses in the summer - outside what's been negotiated by the EU. December was the deadliest month of the pandemic so far in Germany - and the number of daily deaths remains high, reaching a new record on Friday. Pressure is high to protect vulnerable groups by quickly rolling out vaccines - but some predictions in German media say if the pace of inoculation continues as it is now, herd immunity would not be reached until 2027.
An outbreak of COVID-19 has prompted Chinese officials to tell people in two cities south of Beijing to stay at home for seven days. The cities in Hebei province have tightened lockdown measures - including a ban on public transportation. Nearly 350 people have tested positive so far. Around three-thousand medical staff have been mobilized to support mass testing of more than 11 million people. China says it will provide coronavirus vaccines free of charge.
The UK has recorded its highest number of daily deaths from the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. With a new variant that appears to be more transmissible surging across the country - authorities are particularly alarmed by the situation in London. Mayor Sadiq Kahn says the virus is 'out of control' in the capital - and hospitals face breaking point.
The coronavirus pandemic is also hitting some African nations hard, especially South Africa, where case numbers have been surging since the start of this year. It's the worst affected of all the African countries, with more than one million cases already reported. DW's Adrian Kriesch has more.
In India, a particularly cold winter has hit the residents of Delhi, with temperatures falling to almost zero degrees centigrade. Usually, at this time, many of the city's homeless stay in shelters but this season will be complicated by COVID-19 and the need for social distancing, as DW's Manira Chaudhary reports.
A year ago, thousands of believers came to the Serbian Orthodox Church of St. Sava in Düsseldorf to worship and celebrate Christmas Eve. One year later, due to the COVID pandemic, a lot has changed. The church had to adapt services to the circumstances to avoid the risks.
The United States has set another daily record for new infections, with almost 300-thousand new cases - and more than 3,600 deaths reported on Friday.
Australia's third-largest city of Brisbane has entered a 3-day lockdown after the emergence of a variant first detected in Britain. Officials say it was contracted by a cleaner at a quarantine facility. No community transmissions have been reported.
A new study published in the 'Lancet' medical journal says most people hospitalized with coronavirus still have symptoms after six months. The most common ones are fatigue and muscle weakness, but also sleeping difficulties.
The deepest pool in the world recently opened, not far from the Polish capital of Warsaw. It's called, appropriately enough, Deepspot, and it goes 45.5 meters down at its deepest point. The surrounding pool is open to swimmers at every skill level. But if you want to go deep, there's a concrete tube for that. It even has simulated caves and ruins, for training. The Polish pool won't be deepest for long, however; there's a pool under construction in England that will be 50 meters deep.

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