Jun 18, 2021 08:42 PM

Eight Detained Over Gas Explosion, Post-Vaccine Deaths in Taiwan, Unemployed Man Asks Mayor for Job

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 give you a sense of what’s trending in the Chinese language sphere.

Internet users continue to be concerned with the gas explosion for which eight suspects have been taken into custody. They are also paying attention to the country’s decision to boost oversight of extracurricular education.

1.China launches crewed spacecraft Shenzhou-12

A Long March 2F rocket carrying the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on Thursday morning. The Chinese manned space launch was declared a success shortly after Shenzhou-12 entered its designated orbit.


2.An Air China suspends Johannesburg flight over Covid-19 cases

The Civil Aviation Authority on Wednesday suspended Air China Flight CA868 between Shenzhen and Johannesburg for four weeks with immediate effect. Last Thursday, 32 Covid-19 positive passengers were found on the flight.

3.China to boost oversight of extracurricular education

The Ministry of Education issued a notice Tuesday saying it would draw up standards for the establishment of extracurricular education institutions, including their curriculum, teaching hours, staff qualifications and fees.

4.Eight detained over fatal gas explosion in Central China

Eight suspects including a gas company’s manager have been detained (in Chinese) after a gas explosion killed 25 people in Central China’s Hubei province. A preliminary investigation found that the company affiliated with China Gas, which provides gas services to the neighbourhood, did not strictly follow the requirements for gas pipeline inspections and checks, with serious deficiencies in the operation of related facilities.

5.400,000 yuan of extracurricular class fees not refunded

A Chinese mother surnamed Li racked up (external source, in Chinese) 400,000 yuan ($62,100) in extracurricular class fees for her child at Youwin Education, even though her family was in debt. After the company closed down, the woman could not get a refund of over 300,000 yuan of unattended class fees.

6.13 deaths after AstraZeneca jabs in Taiwan

Taiwan reported (external source, in Chinese) on Thursday 13 deaths from AstraZeneca shots two days after the region opened the vaccination for the elderly over 85 years. Chen Shih-chung, head of Taiwan’s health and welfare authority, continued to encourage people to get vaccinated

7.E-commerce livestreamers which sell fake products face decade behind bars

According to the state-owned Legal Daily, livestreamers who promote counterfeit goods could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison (external source, in Chinese). In addition, livestreamers who falsely advertise or defraud consumers will also be liable for civil damages.

8.China Covid-19 vaccination reaches more than 900 million doses

China had administered more than 900 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines as of Monday, according to the National Health Commission (external source, in Chinese), with 15.5% of the total population completing the two-shot vaccination.

9.Shanghai jobseeker writes to mayor for work

A 48-year-old man in Shanghai who has been unemployed (external source, in Chinese) for three years wrote to the government for help. He claimed to be highly educated and had worked as a senior executive in a foreign company. The Shanghai Human Resources and Social Security Bureau has arranged an employment assistant and a career coach for him.

10.China’s pork prices fall for 20th straight week

With the acceleration of pork production recovery, the national pork price has been falling (external source, in Chinese) for 20 weeks. According to state-owned media outlet, the average wholesale price of pork was 18.25 yuan per kilogram last Friday, down 20% from May and 50% from last year.

Read the top 10 global news on the same day.

Translated by intern reporter Chen Bingyi

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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