Jul 09, 2021 09:31 PM

22 Chinese Vaccines Approved for Clinical Trials, Haitian President’s Assassin Claims to Be U.S. Agent, Tencent to Explore Universe

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.

Social media users have been paying close attention to the 22 Covid-19 vaccines approved for clinical trials. They have also continued following the Haitian president’s assassination.


1. 22 Chinese Covid-19 vaccines approved for clinical trials

A total of 22 Covid-19 vaccines have been approved (external source, in Chinese) for clinical trials in China, Yuan Lin, an official from the National Medical Products Administration, said Thursday. Four have received conditional marketing approval and three have been approved for emergency use.

2. Mandatory summer school banned

The Ministry of Education (external source, in Chinese) issued a notice on Thursday saying that attendance at summer schools must be voluntary for both students and teachers. However, schools are encouraged to remain open during the break so that students can use their facilities and services, such as libraries.

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3. Haitian president’s assassin claims to be U.S. agent

The attacker who killed Haitian President Jovenel Moïse (external source, in Chinese) at his home claimed to be a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent and called the attack “a DEA operation,” according to a report in the Miami Herald.

4. Former Taiwan KMT leader vaccinated on mainland

Former Taiwan Kuomintang leader Hung Hsiu-chu (external source, in Chinese) was vaccinated in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang on Thursday, and said she was impressed by the mainland’s stringent epidemic prevention measures.

5. Tencent to explore the universe with National Astronomical Observatory of China

Chinese technology giant Tencent (external source, in Chinese) and the National Astronomical Observatory will jointly launch the “Stellar Discovery Program” to search for pulsars and explore the universe with the help of artificial intelligence technology.

6. NBA head hopes to resume broadcasts in China

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in an interview Wednesday (external source, in Chinese) that he hopes to resume broadcasting games in China and wants the NBA to play an “active role” in Sino-U.S. relations.

7. Search for survivors of collapsed Miami condo turns from rescue to recovery

Ray Jadallah, assistant fire chief of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department, said Wednesday (external source, in Chinese) that search and rescue operations at the scene of the collapsed condo Surfside, Florida, had ended on June 7 and crews will now focus on debris recovery.

8. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos retires

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (external source, in Chinese) retired on Monday. The next day Bezos’ fortune hit a new record of $211.2 billion, which is also a new record for personal wealth globally.

9. Donald Trump files lawsuits against Facebook, Twitter and Google

Former U.S. President Donald Trump (external source, in Chinese) has filed a lawsuit against three of the nation’s largest technology companies — Facebook, Twitter and Google — and their CEOs, claiming he and other conservatives have been wrongfully censored.

10. China evacuates 210 citizens from Afghanistan

The Chinese government (external source, in Chinese) has evacuated 210 Chinese citizens from Afghanistan to the central city of Wuhan on a chartered plane amid the worsening security situation.

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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