This Is What Life’s Like in the World’s Strictest Covid Zero City

Seven times since last March, Ruili—on China’s Myanmar border—has felt the full force of Xi Jinping’s Covid Zero policy.

Oil Set for Fourth Weekly Loss With Rate Hikes Darkening Outlook

West Texas Intermediate was steady near $84 a barrel, and down almost 2% for the week. The Federal Reserve gave its clearest signal yet that it’s willing to tolerate a US recession as the necessary trade-off for regaining control of inflation, while the UK, Norway and South Africa also followed with hikes.

It’s Every Nation for Itself as Dollar Batters Global Currencies

For starters, China is now the biggest trading partner of the US, Japan and countries across Europe. An agreement without Beijing’s participation would likely be an ineffective deal and while the yuan is under pressure versus the dollar and the government there is leaning against weakness with its fixings, it’s far from distressed levels that … Read more

Controversial US Visa Draws Rich From China to India After Reset

(Bloomberg) — A US visa program that attracted $37 billion in foreign investments since 2008 for projects including New York’s Hudson Yards and Trump Bay Street in Jersey City is making a comeback — and the queue of wealthy applicants from China to India is growing. The revived EB-5 program is poised to fund undertakings from a golf resort in … Read more

Turkey Seeks to Be First NATO Member to Join China-Led SCO

“What Ankara is doing is not pursuing alternatives to the West, but establishing balanced relations with all over the world,” Cagri Erhan, a professor of international relations who is also a member of the Turkish president’s security advisory board, said on Twitter. “It also aims to help the West to see more clearly who its … Read more

China’s Chengdu Lifts Lockdown of Whole City From Monday

The capital of Sichuan province, Chengdu is the biggest city to have shut since Shanghai’s bruising two-month lockdown earlier this year. The lockdown in Chengdu followed that of Shenzhen and Zhengzhou, which deployed seven-day citywide restrictions. Strict, quick action to stamp out Covid is key to China’s zero-tolerance approach to the virus, which President Xi … Read more

Bezos Loses Title of World’s Second Richest Man to Indian Billionaire

It was to be expected.  Jeff Bezos has lost the title of second richest man in the world behind Elon Musk, electric-vehicle leader Tesla’s  (TSLA)  chief executive.  The founder and executive chairman of tech and online-retail giant Amazon  (AMZN)   dropped to No. 3, on Sept. 16 at around 10:38 a.m in New York, according … Read more

Goldman Sachs Backs Data Startup Fortanix in $90 Million Round

“Cybersecurity is a $200 billion market and while most other services will get consolidated when they move to the cloud, security and privacy will remain separate,” Kumar, the company’s chief executive officer, said on a video call from the San Francisco Bay area. The startup has over 225 employees, a third of them in Bangalore.