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what we're talking about here is not only disorganized violence, it's not only terrorism. it's politics. found it over 150 years ago. it's repeatedly died out, but always been resurrected. the ku klux klan starts may 11th on d. w. visit, eat up the news asia coming up today. shanghai report its 1st deaths from cove it in an outbreak. well thought of the say 3 people out of 25000000 are the only fatalities sofa in china's financial help. we asked how true are these figures and what do they say about china? 0 corporate strategy plus a guided weapons tests that brought a smile to north korean leader came jones face. but how dangerous are these weapons?
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and north korea specialist explains ah, i british band a g. welcome to d w. news asia. glad you could join us. shanghai has reported its 1st 3 debts from covered 19 in its ongoing outbreak. more than 23000 cases have been reported in 24 hours alone. a spikes like these have led to authorities locking down the city of 25000000 for 3 straight weeks. it's part of the 0 covert policy dictated by b ging. but this strategy of immediately isolating people to break off infection chains has led to non availability of essential items resulting in anger on the streets. rare scenes of descent,
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hinting at growing anger under shanghai lockdown, police and protective gear put an end to what was reportedly a protest against plans to set up an isolation complex in this neighbourhood. oh, hold of us, he on law abiding citizens. we want to do what we can to help the country. you prohibited us from meeting others or even going outside anywhere. and we complied. but now you want to put highly infectious people less than 20 meters away from where we live. what more do we have to put up with upper loudspeakers summer residents to come out of their homes for mandatory testing? any one who tests positive is sent to an isolation center for at least a week of observation. regardless whether they show symptoms with as many as a 1000 people packed in to make shipped facilities living conditions. there are
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also a source of frustration going to here. normally the bathrooms are not very clean. that's understandable because so many people are using them and cleaners and volunteers can't keep on for their little dirty. and we haven't been able to take a warm shower. the lights are on all night long and so it's hard to sleep. these are the things that people are complaining about most. we see them as anger, she. okay, and with hollywood and if i was on the doctors come by twice a day to take patients temperature with many exhibiting no symptoms at all. increasingly, people are more concerned about the hardships the outbreak is causing than the virus itself, or a high shooter. at 1st, people was scared of the virus and were panicking. but with the figures that are being published every day, people have started to accept the fact. but this particular virus is not that horrible then additionally, i think there's been a change in every once thinking no, no. but so far there is no sign of
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a change in thinking by china's communist leaders. they continue to insist that the country must stick to its tough measures aimed at eliminating the virus gentlemen hours correspondent, far beyond crushed by her is based in bay. jing fabiani, 3 corbet deaths in a population are for 25000000 in shanghai. it sounds incredible. there aren't more fatalities were and we know at least of another dozen and elderly who died after contracting the virus and they died in a nursing home and they all didn't show up in the official statistics m. so at least it's safe to assume that and yet it's not transparent of 2 or what criteria the authorities use of underlying conditions or whether the viruses are responsible for the death. and i wouldn't take the official data at face value, and probably the death rate especially, is a much higher. and we should also not forget that there's an increasing number of
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death people and not caused by the virus itself, but by the looked on measures. for example, asthma patients, cancer patients, a patients who have not received treatment on time because of the locked on restrictions. and because, and these logged on restrictions are also appearing to force many shanghai residents to do with a number of shortages. can you talk a bit about that, liz? yeah, me for most residents that i talked to am basically food supply and water supply is still the biggest topic there for it. however, to some degree day i'm supply situation. it has improved, however, only at a very slow rate and, and that most of the voices that we hear and also the residents that i talk to are rather privileged. there are many m. so muted weiss is basically, let's say migrant workers, less privileged people. and their situation, of course, is even more dias. i would say it's still quite a precarious situation for most of the 26000000 residents are. you spoke
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a bit earlier about a number of firm elderly people are dying because possibly because wonderland conditions may be accessible to buy covered. or i'd just like to sort of focus on that. there are also reports that a majority of the people above 60 aged above 60, in china aunt vaccinated. i wonder why that is? yeah, i mean, the rate is quite low. are shantay residents over 60 only 38 percent. have received 3 shots of the local mate. perfect, seen that is really low. i think there are several reasons for it. one is said until very recently, the 0 corporate strategy here was a rather successful the daily infection numbers were so low that we felt very safe, and the incentive to get vaccinated was maybe not as high as in other countries. and also, especially among the elderly, and there's a quite a lot of skepticism against vaccines also and against western med or science in general. so i would say there are a lot of rumors, dis information. so people are quite cautious of getting mixed needed. we actually
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had quite a similar problem in hong kong and a lot of death. there were also cost and hong kong because many of the most one to rule the elderly were not vaccinated. you talked about the, the 0 over strategy that people felt comfortable with this strategy in place. just generally for i've gone from the conversations that you have with people in be doing and in other parts of china. do you get the sense that there is overall support for the government? so 0 corporate policy, when nearly every other country is learning to live with the virus. i mean, the public opinion is quite split and those affected by the lock dance. in shanghai, they are openly protesting it, many of them are criticizing it and they are even like fist fights against help brokers. i mean, really, it's really an intense situation and i don't think many people in shanghai support it any more. however, in the rest of the country, especially in parts that are not affected right now by loc dance, and there's basically more support for it. and,
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and we also shall not forget that. and that censorship is really deleting a lot of em social media and a postings that are critical. and am the domestic media, the only available media, so to speak. he and china is, are always spinning it in a, in a positive way. so what they report about shanghai is quite ignorant to the rear suffering of the people father and crisper in beijing. we'll leave it there for the time being. thank you so much for joining us today. ah, to north korea next, which testified, a new type of tactical guided weapon. over the weekend. the steep news agency said it was aimed at boosting the country's nuclear capabilities. chung ang, released pictures of leader kim jong own, observing the launch. it comes as the u. s. in south korea, warn that the not that the nor to could be about to resume nuclear testing. and fears of this grew after kim broke a self imposed moratorium on intercontinental ballistic missile testing. last month,
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gentlemen are for more on this from sir ollie's young men, kim. she's lead correspondent for n k news dot org, a news portal that reports exclusively on north korea. johnson. it's been called her tactical guided weapon. what more can you tell us about the threat that this poses? so the main issue is that they framed this as tactical, not strategic. and when they say tactical, new technical guided weapon, they say that this is actually for deployment for usage. and i think this is important parsing this with how the rules don't shem on the state newspaper report it on what kim jung reportedly said when guiding the guiding the missile test. it seems that they, it seems that kim jong and talked about how this will be helping the country's nuclear combat forces and considering how, according to the south korean j. c. s. this has
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a very low altitude and shorter range. this could serve as a immediate threat to neighbors, not just the united states, as we usually think about when we hear a tactical guided weapon or tactical nuclear weapon. so this looking at this south korea and japan we'll see is as the immediate threat. and it's also interesting how it's considered as a addition to nuclear combat forces capabilities. because just a few days ago, north korean leader, sister, kenya joan was railing, i guess south korean defense ministers. a preemptive strike, remark related remark, saying that if, if and when south korea, she attacks north korea. thinking about preemptive strike, it will be a can, you don't was saying it will be unwise for south korea to attack a nuclear state, allegedly, and said that it may be when it's necessary. they will have to put their nuclear combat forces on mission. so all in all, it seems that the messaging is not just towards the united states,
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but also towards south korea as well, especially just a few weeks ahead of the incoming administration. and that is what i did want to talk to you about, or am and noon soccer. your office in may, has been elected as the new president to what can we expect from his administration when it comes to north korea and it's weapons program. a preemptive strike. remark and north korea, criticism against his is actually interesting in relation to this, the president elect uses hall. gary has been talking about boosting a preemptive strike. capabilities of south korea called kill chain in the past among the 3 polar system. and he talked about reinstating them against emerging north korean, a nuclear missile threat. and we can imagine that after he comes into office, he will talk more openly about building these capabilities. and to you, north korea directly mentioning nuclear combat forces hinting at deterring south
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koreans developing the deterrent capabilities on up and capabilities. it seems that there is mounting challenge for you to handle in the coming years. it seems for germany, we have about a minute left coming on the 21st of april. we are expecting is the anniversary of the founding of the courtroom. pupils all mean, do you expect more work than stressed and made up to that? i can't say definitively about a missile test, but i can't say that there have been signs for weeks that a military period is coming. we. many of us thought that it may happen on the april 15th day of the sun, the late leader, cumulus sounds birthday. but apparently they went for just a civilian gathering. so we are expecting potential the true parade there, where we may see more weapon rece rolled out on camel sound square, which south korea us intelligence will be probably monitoring very closely as well
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german came from and can use adult. oh good. we leave it there. thank you so much for joining us today. thank you. that's it for today does of course mo, from the region on our website, d, w dot com, forward slash asia, and as ever you can follow us on twitter and facebook as well. we're back to more of the same time with you been but by with . ready are you there? we just have one wish, or maybe we won't go lots and lots of goals. battle songs from the stands, the surprise would be great to continue. the bond is legal highlights, kick off on d, w, so sometimes books are more exciting than real life
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berlin. welcome to the show. china's economy extent expanded by a better than expected 4.8 percent in the 1st 3 months of the year. but the outlook for the world's 2nd biggest economy is darkening as china resorts to harsh locked downs and shanghai and other cities to contain coven 19 outbreaks. the chinese economy had its strongest growth in 10 years and 2021 thanks largely to surging exports. g d. p growth was as high as 18.3 percent. and the 1st 3 months of last year, as they recovered from the 1st pandemic head. but growth has been flowing, as you can see in recent quarters. today's 4.8 percent g d p increase indicates it's going to be tough for china to hit it's 5.5 percent g d p target for the full year. now my colleague clifford kuhn in our resident china expert join.


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