Jun 30, 2021 08:22 PM

China Certified Malaria-Free, Huawei’s New Way to Unlock Devices, Stolen Picasso Recovered

Here is today’s ranking of the 10 most-read news 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, Caixin has not independently verified the veracity or accuracy of all of the headlines.

Chinese social media users have been paying close attention to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) declaration that China is malaria-free. They also have continued to follow the questions raised over Nongfu Spring products.

1. WHO declares China free of malaria

The WHO announced Wednesday that China has been certified as malaria-free after going four years without reporting a new case of the mosquito-borne infectious disease. In the 1940s, the country was reporting 30 million cases a year.

2. Huawei patents tech to unlock phones based on the movement of users’ lips

Huawei has patented technology that allows smartphones and other devices to be unlocked by analyzing the lip movements (external source) of authorized users, according to Chinese data technology services company Tianyancha.

3. Ukraine withdraws from Xinjiang statement

Ukraine announced (external source, in Chinese) on Friday the withdrawal of its signature from a joint statement presented by Canada to the Human Rights Council on the situation in Xinjiang.

4. Questions raised over Nongfu Spring products

A sparkling water product produced (external source, in Chinese) by Chinese bottled water giant Nongfu Spring, which is marketed as using peaches grown in Japan’s Fukushima prefecture, has sparked questions about food safety as well as false advertising.

5. Greek police recover stolen Picasso

Greek police have found (external source, in Chinese) a painting by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso that was stolen from the National Gallery in Greece in 2012. Picasso had donated the painting “Head of a Woman” to the country in 1949. Police have made one arrest in the case.

Photo: VCG

6. China’s Covid-19 vaccination drive passes 1.2 billion doses

As of Monday, China had administered more than 1.2 billion doses (external source, in Chinese) of Covid-19 vaccine, according to the country’s National Health Council, including 200 million shots that have been given in the last 10 days.

7. Sinovac vaccine is safe for children and adolescents, study shows

Sinovac Biotech Ltd.’s Covid-19 vaccine CoronaVac has been found to be safe (external source, in Chinese) and effective for children and adolescents, according to a report Monday in British medical journal The Lancet.

8. Beijing subway starts accepting the digital yuan

Beijing subway passengers can now pay their fares with the digital yuan (external source, in Chinese), the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport announced Wednesday.

9. Japan introduces device to detect Alzheimer's from few drops of blood

Japanese manufacturer Shimadzu Corp. has developed a device that helps diagnose Alzheimer’s (external source, in Chinese) from a few drops of blood, Nikkei reported.

10. U.S. home prices rise at fastest pace in 30 years

According to the S&P national home price index, home prices in the U.S. rose (external source, in Chinese) 14.6% year-on-year in April, the highest rate in more than three decades.

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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