The Gist

The Gist

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The Gist
  • What is sustainability?

    Here at CGTN, we're counting down to our annual Global Action Initiative.

    This year's theme is sustainability, as we examine the many facets and stories surrounding one of the planet's most pressing issues. But what exactly is sustainability?

  • What is a 'no-fly' zone?

    Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy has repeated his call for a NATO-backed “no-fly zone” over Ukrainian airspace.

    But NATO’s Secretary-General has rejected the request. He said shooting down Russian planes could lead to a wider war in Europe.

    CGTN’s Gerald Tan has the Gist.

  • Ukraine faces iodine pill shortage

    The crisis in Ukraine has driven up oil, gas, and grain prices all around the world.

    Now, it's also spurring demand for a common drug. CGTN's Gerald Tan has the Gist on why.

  • GIST: Swift Payment System

    A number of Russian banks are now banned from the vital international payment system SWIFT. As Russian forces continue their attack on Ukraine, a tougher sanction being discussed is cutting Russia off completely. Gerald Tan walks us through the significance of that.

  • 9/11 The Legacy

    September 11th marked the deadliest terror attack on American soil. And the response was massive, with wars waged in a new era of U.S. foreign policy. But it's also the cascading effects that have changed the way people live.

  • Biden's Saigon

    Harrowing images from Afghanistan continue to flood global newscasts and social media. Many describe the situation as a failure of American involvement. Some are even drawing the comparison of another chapter in U.S. history - the Vietnam War.

  • 2022 Winter Olympics

    The Tokyo 2020 Games may be winding down, but things are already gearing up in China, which is now in the final stages of preparations for the Winter Olympics happening in six months.

  • CPC inventions

    Inventions constantly make life easier, perhaps more meaningful. As we mark the centenary of the Communist Party of China, Gerald Tan introduces us to a few outstanding innovations and innovators of China's modern era.

  • One in a billion

    This week, we're marking the centenary of the Communist Party of China.

    Many strides have been made, from economic and social growth to science and innovation.

    It's remarkable what can happen in a century. Since the founding of the Communist Party of China in 1921, the Middle Kingdom has grow...

  • China's first crewed space mission

    How would you like to float in space for 90 days? That's the reality of three taikonauts, China's astronauts, on a high-stakes mission. What are they up to?

    It took just seven hours for China's first crewed mission to reach its space station core module.

    The team members from the Shenzhou-12 a...

  • How China vaccinated so many people

    China has now administered nearly 800 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. CGTN’s Gerald Tan walks us through the mass immunization effort.

  • Getting ready for the Gaokao

    The final days of cramming are here for students across China sitting for the national college entrance examination. Come June 7 and 8, roadblocks will be in place on the streets and police will help coordinate traffic for this all-important academic event.

  • Preserving biodiversity

    Preserving biodiversity -- we hear it all the time. It's not just a platitude though, but a social imperative in the face of climate change. So how is China ramping up ecological protection?

    Enter the national park system. Here's the Gist with CGTN’s Gerald Tan.

  • How did India run out of oxygen?

    For weeks now, India has been gripped by an acute shortage of medical oxygen. Patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms are simply unable to breathe and can't get help. CGTN’s Gerald Tan explains with The Gist.

  • Shopping duty-free at China's Hainan Expo

    Shoppers take note! China is hosting its first national-level expo for consumer goods. And what's more exciting? It's duty-free.
    Here's the Gist with CGTN’s Gerald Tan.

  • The history of Earth Day

    Since its inception more than half a century ago, the pressures on the environment have become more severe - as has the need to save it.

  • Vaccinating our kids

  • The Biggest TELESCOPE in the world?

  • What is China's plan for the next 5 years?

  • The History of Pandemics

  • Why the Alaska meeting is a BIG DEAL!

  • Why did Chinese & U.S. Diplomats met in Alaska?

  • How does China plan its future?