Jul 08, 2021 09:41 PM

Japan Declares Covid-19 Emergency, Tokyo Mulls Crayfish’s Alien Status, Giant Pandas No Longer Endangered

Here is today’s ranking of the 10 most-read news stories in China, in economics, finance and current affairs, to help give you a sense of what’s trending in the Chinese language sphere.

Chinese social media users have continued to follow U.S. visa denials to hundreds of grad students. They have also been paying close attention to Japan’s declaration of a new Covid-19 state of emergency.

 1. China commemorates 84th anniversary of the July 7 Incident

China commemorated the 84th anniversary of the July 7 Incident (external source, in Chinese), also known as the Marco Polo Bridge Incident, which marked the beginning of the Second Sino-Japanese War.

2. China urges U.S. to reconsider alleged visa denials to hundreds of grad students

China has urged the U.S. to reconsider its denial of study visas to more than 500 Chinese science and engineering graduate students following a report published by the official China Daily.

3. Fine levied on family for having eight children cut from 2.66 million yuan to 90,000 yuan

Authorities in April decided to cut the fine levied (external source, in Chinese) on a family in southwestern Sichuan province for having eight children from 2.66 million yuan ($412,000) to 90,000 yuan, payable over three years.

4. Japan to declare new Covid-19 state of emergency for Tokyo

The Japanese government will declare a new state of emergency (external source, in Chinese) in Tokyo due to an increase in new cases of Covid-19. The new state of emergency will be in effect from July 11 to Aug. 22.

5. South Korea classified as developed country by U.N.

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (external source, in Chinese) has upgraded South Korea’s status from developing country to developed country, the first time the U.N. body has done such an upgrade since its inception in 1964.

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6. Japan to designate crayfish as an alien invasive species

Japan’s Ministry of the Environment agreed to designate crayfish as an invasive alien species (external source, in Chinese) on Wednesday and a formal proposal will be made in August. The import, sale and release of crayfish will be banned if the proposal is approved.

7. Israel to deliver 700,000 expiring doses of Pfizer vaccine to South Korea

Israel and South Korea signed a Covid-19 vaccine swap agreement (external source, in Chinese) on Monday. Israel will deliver 700,000 doses of soon-to-expire Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines to South Korea, and the Middle Eastern nation will receive a similar number of doses from Seoul later this year.

8. Pandas downgraded from endangered to vulnerable

China’s wild giant panda population (external source, in Chinese) reached more than 1,800, with the species’ threat level downgraded from endangered to vulnerable, Cui Shuhong, the director of the Department of Nature and Ecological Protection said on Wednesday.

9. Tencent invested in a game studio every seven days

Tencent has invested in 27 game companies (external source, in Chinese) so far this year, meaning the internet giant made an investment on an average of once every seven days, according to data provider Tianyancha.

10. Suspected assassins of Haiti’s president in custody

Two suspects (external source, in Chinese) believed to have been among the group who killed Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse at his home Wednesday night were in custody Wednesday, a government minister said.

Translated by intern reporter Chen Bingyi

Caixin has not independently verified the veracity or accuracy of all of the headlines.

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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