Jun 22, 2021 08:42 PM

High Hopes for Paid Paternity Leave, Alipay Bans Cryptocurrency Transactions, Pregnancy Plan Survey

Here’s today’s ranking of the top 10 most-read domestic stories in China, in economics, finance and current affairs. While these headlines can help give you a sense of what’s trending in the Chinese language sphere, the veracity and accuracy of the headlines hasn’t been independently verified by Caixin.

Internet users continue to pay attention to the country’s crypto crackdown, with Alipay becoming the latest company to ban cryptocurrency transactions. They are also interested in Sichuan shuttering cryptocurrency mining.

1.62 deaths after AstraZeneca jabs in Taiwan

According to China Times News Network, Taiwan reported (external source, in Chinese) on Sunday 62 deaths have followed AstraZeneca shots after the island began to vaccine residents over 75 years of age last Tuesday. Wang Ming-Jiuh, the vice president of the Cancer Medical Center Branch of National Taiwan University Hospital, said that he was alarmed by the deaths.

2.Covid-19 vaccination drive hits 1 billion dose milestone

China has administered more than 1 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines as of Saturday, according to the National Health Commission, with the last 100 million doses administered in just five days.

3.Vast garbage patch reappears on Tibetan Plateau

A huge garbage patch (external source, in Chinese) covering nearly an acre of a nature reserve has reappeared in the Hoh Xil region of the Tibetan Plateau. In 2019, the Economic Observer reported on the garbage accumulation in the reserve, and it was cleaned up by the local government.

4.Media report exposes human trafficking gangs

State broadcaster CCTV has exposed (external source, in Chinese) human trafficking gangs which lure people with offers of high-paid jobs overseas, only to get them involved in “fraudulent and illegal activities.” Since 2020, police and immigration authorities have busted over 450 gangs of human traffickers.

5.Hanfu sales in Cao county account for one-third of China

One-third of China’s total sales of traditional Chinese “hanfu” clothes come from Cao county (external source, in Chinese), East China’s Shandong province. Local merchants sell 1.9 billion yuan ($300 million) a year worth of the Chinese costumes. One merchant said it was easy to earn over 10,000 yuan a day.

6.Hopes high for paid paternity leave

The state-owned People’s Daily published (external source, in Chinese) an article on Monday advocating the improvement of maternity leave and maternity insurance system, hot on the heels of the announcement of the so-called “three-child” policy. The article gives five suggestions, including providing paid paternity leave for at least one month.

7.Alipay bans cryptocurrency transactions

Alipay stated on Monday it is banning cryptocurrency transactions. The company said it will continue to monitor and investigate transactions involving cryptocurrencies and establish an inspection system for key websites and accounts, which will be blocked immediately upon discovery.

8.Hainan won’t turn into the Cayman Islands, governor says

China’s southern province of Hainan has pledged to step up scrutiny to prevent companies from using incentives to evade taxes, as the region works to develop a free trade port. “We will not let the Hainan free trade port become a tax haven,” provincial governor Feng Fei said Monday.

9.Surveying women’s pregnancy plans

Following the recent relaxation of birth restrictions with the introduction of the so-called “three child policy,” many places have started to survey (external source, in Chinese) the childbirth plans of local women of childbearing age, including Shijiazhuang, capital of North China’s Hebei province; Jinhua in Zhejiang province; and Chongqing municipality.

10.Cryptocurrency miners kicked out of Sichuan

As the country’s crackdown on cryptocurrencies continues, Southwest China’s Sichuan province has announced its going to shut down all cryptocurrency mining projects based there, following in the footsteps of other domestic hubs like Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia and Yunnan.

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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