Commentary: ‘Mulan,’ Disney and the Dilemma of Doing Business in China | Best Countries

Disney’s “Mulan” was intended to be a big hit globally, particularly in mainland China, but the film’s troubles, and by extension Disney’s, would begin long before the film was ever released.

One of the first incidents was when lead actor Liu Yifei voiced support on social media for the Hong Kong police during the city’s pro-democracy protests. Then came numerous release delays and eventually a straight-to-streaming release in the United States due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The latest incident was the revelation, in the film’s credits, that parts of the film were shot in Xinjiang, a province in China that has become notorious for being the region where Uighur Muslims — a Turkic-speaking ethnic minority — live under a brutal system of oppression and human rights abuses. In the credits the makers of the film also thank governmental bodies, including a police bureau that is on a U.S.

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South Africa Restores Free Visa for Countries Including U.S.

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a group of people with luggage at an airport: Passengers queue at the check-in desks inside the departures hall at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. Health experts have voiced concerns over the possible spread of the coronavirus in African nations that may be ill-equipped to handle such a crisis.


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Passengers queue at the check-in desks inside the departures hall at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. Health experts have voiced concerns over the possible spread of the coronavirus in African nations that may be ill-equipped to handle such a crisis.

South Africa has reinstated free visas for travelers from countries including the U.S. after suspending them in March as part of a strict lockdown to curb the coronavirus.

Visas will again be available to visitors from France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Italy, South Korea, Hong Kong, Iran and the U.S., the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement on Sunday. International travelers will need to present a negative Covid-19 test result that’s no more than 72 hours old or face a mandatory 10-day quarantine, the government said.

The exemptions, coming just days after the reopening of borders to

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