Jun 03, 2021 07:28 PM

Lawmaker Suggests Giving Free HPV Vaccine to Girls in Junior High, CPC Has New Personnel Management Rules, and Nike, H&M Come Under Fire

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 explanations and suggestions related to the new three-child policy, and the first human case of H10N3 bird flu has been identified in the eastern province of Jiangsu. They are also paying attention to a Guangdong lawmaker’s suggestion to offer free HPV vaccines to girls in junior high schools, and the substandard children’s clothing from brands including Nike and H&M.

1. National lawmaker advocates extending maternity leave to three years

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 announcement of the new three-child policy by the country’s top leadership.

2. Guangdong lawmaker suggests free HPV vaccines to female middle-schoolers

Xu Hong, a member of the Guangdong Provincial People’s Congress, suggests (external link in Chinese) that HPV vaccines for female students in junior high schools should be included in the basic public health service.

3. Financial burden is biggest reason behind low willingness to have children, top health authority says

In an interview with the state-run news agency Xinhua, representatives of the National Health Commission said (external link, in Chinese) that heavy financial burden, a lack of childcare services, difficulties faced by women at home and the workplace are the main reasons why families are less willing to have children.

4. Communist Party releases new rules on human resource management

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China issued (external source, in Chinese) the Regulations on the Organization of the Communist Party of China, aiming to “promote scientific, institutionalized and standardized organizational work.”

5. Nike, H&M flagged for hazardous children’s clothing

The General Administration of Customs said in a statement published Tuesday (external source, in Chinese) that between June 2020 and this May, brands including Nike and H&M have been found to be selling substandard children’s clothing products containing dyes or harmful substances that can be absorbed through the skin.

6. 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.

7. Beijing will gift 40 million yuan in digital red envelopes to local consumers

The Beijing Local Financial Supervision and Administration Bureau said (external source, in Chinese) the city will hand out 200,000 red envelopes, each containing 200 yuan of digital currency, using a lottery system to residents who sign up.

8. Shenzhen suspends school gathering activities due to 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.

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. Minors Protection Law requires schools to report bullying incidents

The newly amended Law on the Protection of Minors stipulates (external source, in Chinese) that schools and kindergartens are required to report cases of serious bullying and sexual harassment to local public security bureaus. 

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Translated by reporter Cai Xuejiao.

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 to our methodology.

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