Jun 02, 2021 07:35 PM

Lawmaker Floats Three Years of Maternity Leave, First Human Case of Bird Flu, and the Dawn of ‘Flexible’ Retirement

Here’s today’s ranking of the top 10 most-read domestic stories in China, in economics, finance and current affairs. We want to help you get a sense of what’s trending in the Chinese language sphere.

Internet users continue to follow China’s new three-child policy, honing in on coverage of measures being proposed to support the move. They are also concerned about the first human case of H10N3 bird flu identified in the eastern province of Jiangsu as well as the latest Covid-19 flare-up in the southern city of Shenzhen which has forced local authorities to suspend school gatherings.

1. National lawmaker advocates extending women’s maternity leave to three years per child

Zhu Lieyu, a member of China’s top legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC), said during an interview Monday (external link in Chinese) that maternity leave should be extended to three years, in response to the announcement of the new three-child policy by the country’s top leadership.

2. China reports first human case of H10N3 bird flu in Jiangsu province

The National Health Commission confirmed (external source in Chinese) Tuesday that a 41-year-old man living in Zhenjiang, East China’s Jiangsu province, has been infected with H10N3 bird flu. After showing symptoms such as fever, the patient was hospitalized on April 28 and tested positive for H10N3 on Friday.

3. China’s inactivated Covid-19 vaccine technology can quickly respond to mutations of the new coronavirus

Shao Yiming, a researcher at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an interview (external source in Chinese) that China has been investigating new vaccines to tackle variants of the coronavirus, finding that the technical route of current inactivated vaccines is “particularly suited” to a rapid response in mutated strains.

4. Wang Zhonglin elected governor of Hubei province

Wang Zhonglin was elected (external source, in Chinese) governor of Central China’s Hubei province during the sixth session of the 13th Provincial People’s Congress on Sunday.

5. China’s Politburo sets the tone for gradual retirement with experts suggesting a ‘space for choice’ in Monday meeting

The Chinese Communist Party’s Politburo on Monday suggested (external source, in Chinese) steadily implementing the extension of China’s statutory retirement age during a meeting chaired by President Xi Jinping. Zhang Yinghua, an executive researcher at the World Social Insurance Research Center of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said although it’s necessary to postpone retirement, people close to retirement age should be given the choice to “leave early” or “leave late.”

6. Shenzhen has suspended school gathering activities due to its Covid-19 flare-up

Wang Shuifa, deputy director of the education bureau in Shenzhen, South China’s Guangdong province, said (external source, in Chinese) at a press conference Sunday that all schools in the city should implement closed management, suspend large-scale gathering activities and carry out social-distancing measures in an effort to curb the local outbreak.

7. Taiwan confirms 355 new local infections

Taiwan reported 266 newly confirmed cases Sunday, all local infections. It also recorded 89 retroactively added cases, all locally transmitted, according to the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (external source).

8. China successfully launches the Tianzhou-2 cargo spacecraft

China’s cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-2 successfully docked with the space station core module Tianhe on Sunday, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The cargo craft was launched Saturday from China’s southern Hainan province, after a postponement due to technical issues.

9. Popular blogger sentenced to eight months in prison for ‘defaming’ dead Chinese soldiers in India border clash

Qiu Ziming, an internet user with more than 2.5 million followers on China’s twitter-like social media platform Weibo, was sentenced to eight months in prison (external source, in Chinese) for infringing the reputation and honor of heroes and martyrs, a court in the eastern city of Nanjing announced Monday. In February, Qiu posted two blogs distorting the heroic deeds of officers and soldiers guarding the border of China, the court said.

10. Chinese expert responds to questions over whether residents need to get vaccinated again after six months of vaccination

Shao Yiming, a researcher at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an interview (external source, in Chinese) that relevant data is under analysis. He also said about half of all vaccinated people are estimated to have a certain defence ability against Covid-19.

Read the top 10 global news on the same day.

Translated by reporter Wang Xintong.

The daily ranking of most read news stories among Chinese people, about China and global affairs, is jointly provided to you by Caixin Insight and HANA Data, an artificial intelligence technology team.

The key indicators calculated on the list are based on mass data sourced from China’s mainstream social media platforms and online news websites. Click here for a detailed introduction of our methodology.

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