Expat China News

Latest 10 news items tagged China

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...
12 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Expats and Chinese fleeing Hong Kong have now discovered Portugal

The Portuguese capital of Lisbon is preparing to welcome increasing numbers of expats fleeing the Hong Kong riots. As the protests in Hong Kong continue and the chance of Chinese military intervention increases, expatriates as well as Hong Kong nationals are looking for ways out of the mess. Although Portugal is well-known as a retirement destination for British expat pensioners, it’s now getting a second string to its bow via its Golden Visa investment programme. According to real estate agents in the region, applications for...
10 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Beijing fearing pneumonic plague outbreak

For ambitious expat techies, the past few years have resulted in sizeable communities being established in all China’s major cities, with Beijing the most popular. China’s image over the past decade has changed from that of a Communist threat to the rest of the world to a safe, welcoming haven for expat professionals in many fields. The tech sector in particular has benefited by the vast land’s opening of opportunities and seemingly genuine welcomes for those with specific talents and a sense of adventure. As a result, Chinese...
10 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats in Shanghai hold debate over election and Brexit

A debate held by a group of British expatriates living and working in Shanghai reinforced the strength of feeling held by UK citizens overseas. Brexit is still of critical importance to British expats in China, even although they’re many thousands of miles away from home. Last Sunday’s debate in Shanghai was dominated by this week’s election and its possible effect should Johnson remain as Prime Minister and Brexit become a reality. The debate took place at one of British expats’ favourite bars, with five speakers...