Expat China News

Latest 10 news items tagged China

28 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expat couple trapped in Wuhan arrange their own funerals

As China’s coronavirus speeds up its spread, British expats are making funeral plans just in case. British expats still trapped in Wuhan are taking the threat of the raging virus seriously enough to plan their own funerals. One Canadian teacher at the city’s Weiming International High School fears the local government is making light of the crisis rather than giving out accurate information enabling those still resident to make the right decisions. Wayne Duplessis, his wife Emily, their 15-year old son Wyatt and their son...
27 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Wuhan unhappy about inappropriate coverage of the virus outbreak

Expats in the coronavirus-hit Chinese city of Wuhan are angry over the style of reporting by foreign media. Whilst they’re as worried as their Chinese counterparts about the danger of contracting the deadly virus, they’re also impressed and reassured about efforts made by the city fathers to minimise the danger and deal with the situation. Many articles in the international media are blaming the authorities for not acting faster or more effectively, whilst expats on the ground are defending the way local government is dealing with...
24 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Wuhan expat community now trapped as the virus spreads

Expats in Wuhan are now trapped as the city locks down. The expat population in Wuhan has grown considerably over the past five years, as many foreigners have rejected China’s massive metropolises for the regional powerhouse. The city’s governing body has made helping foreigners integrate and get adjusted to their new lives a top priority, and the local expat community has grown as the word went round. Sadly, expats and locals alike are now confined to the city as a total lockdown has been declared in the hope of holding back...
23 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expat in Asia warned over Wuhan coronavirus

Western expats living and working in China are being urged to monitor their health closely and avoid crowds due to the increasingly rapid spread of the Wuhan coronavirus. To date, Wuhan city now has 198 confirmed cases of the Sars-like virus infection, thought to have originated in a local seafood market. Guangdong province has reported 14 confirmed cases and five have been reported in Beijing. In an attempt to stop further transmission and infection from the virus, the city has now taken strong measures including control over and...
22 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Thailand upgrades virus screening as two Chinese visitors found to be infected

Expats living, working and retiring in Asian states and especially Thailand are growing ever more concerned about the spread of the so-called coronavirus. Recent news that the first person-to-person transmission of the recently-identified virus had taken place saw airports all over Asia queuing up to instigate mandatory health screening for all arrivals from China’s high-risk region. The outbreak seems to be gaining ground as cases have been discovered in Thailand, South Korea and Japan, and the World Health Organisation will meet...
17 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Kampot to host full China/Cambodia military exercises in March

Expats in the Cambodian city of Kampot are being warned of an upcoming Cambodia/China military exercise in the locality. The so-called Golden Dragon Military Exercise will take place in March and will involve some 2000 military attendees as well as an impressive selection of weapons of war. Held at the province’s Techo Sen Chum Kiri Military Institute under the odd title Counterterrorism and Humanitarian Relief, the drill will be the fourth in the province over the past four years. According to local media, the training...
17 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Oz expats make waves in smaller Chinese cities

China is still a favourite destination for expats from across the world, but some of the more adventurous are ignoring the lure of the massive cities and starting up businesses in smaller towns. For almost a decade, China’s mystery, amazingly long history and unique culture has drawn expats from the West to its capital and other major cities. Would-be entrepreneurs in the tech sector, English teachers and digital nomads have flocked to the formerly closed land and, in the main, have found themselves more than welcome. However, for...
15 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Shanghai considers dedicated green channel for expat healthcare

Expats in Shanghai may get a dedicated green channel for healthcare. A Shanghai political advisor is calling for a dedicated ‘green channel’ to be made available to expats in the city as they’re having a hard time getting to see doctors due to language problems, cultural differences and high charges. Advisor Yang Jing is proposing the measure in order to help deal with those in the city’s expat community who’re afraid to seek medical assistance when needed. Shanghai’s expat population is the highest of all Chinese...
14 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Nanjing given helping hands via WeChat HospitalAid

Expats on WeChat are helping Westerners in Nanjing get the medical and surgical services they need. Living and working as a Western, English-speaking expat in China is challenge enough, without having to worry about making yourself understood should hospital treatment be required. The resultant feeling of dread doesn’t help with your condition, and many expats have no idea at all how to cope with medical emergencies. Luckily for Nanjing’s English-speaking expat community, a new WeChat subscription page gives the answer to any...
19 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Taipei reverses expat ban on YouBike rentals

Following an expat outcry after renting bikes was banned, Taipei is now backtracking and reversing its decision. The decision early this week to ban expats in Taipei from the hugely popular YouBike bike-renting scheme caused a massive online protest and a swift backtrack by the city’s government. The new ruling required the provision of an ID number, unavailable to expatriates and the root cause of accusations of discrimination against the city’s large expat community, but the decision has now been reversed after the public outcry...