Jul 19, 2021 08:35 PM

Three Chinese Kidnapped in Mali, Didi’s Cybersecurity Probe, Europe’s Deadly Floods

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 been paying close attention to the three Chinese and two Mauritanians who were kidnapped in Mali. They have also been following the cybersecurity investigation into Didi.

1. Three Chinese and two Mauritanians kidnapped in Mali

Three Chinese citizens and two Mauritanians (external source, in Chinese) have been kidnapped in southwestern Mali’s Sahel region, the Malian armed forces said Saturday. The five were all working for a construction company.

2. China’s esports talent shortage reaches 500,000

The market size of Chinese esports (external source, in Chinese) will exceed 180 billion yuan, with the number of “users” reaching 418 million in 2022. According to state-owned media Beijing Daily, the talent gap — a shortage of domestic esports players — grew to 500,000 in 2020.

3. Didi under cybersecurity investigation by seven government departments

China has stepped up scrutiny of ride-hailing giant Didi (external source, in Chinese), announcing Friday that seven government departments including the State Cyberspace Administration of China are conducting an on-site cybersecurity investigation into the company.

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4. Death toll exceeds 180 in Germany and Belgium devastating floods

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (external source, in Chinese) described the floods that swept through parts of the country as “terrifying,” with the death toll from the catastrophic flooding in western Germany and Belgium exceeding 180, with dozens still missing.

5. Daughter of Afghan envoy kidnapped in Pakistan

Afghanistan’s Foreign Ministry said Sunday that the country’s ambassador to Pakistan has been recalled after his daughter was kidnapped (external source, in Chinese) on Friday. According to the ministry, she was “severely tortured.”

6. China reports first human death from ‘Monkey B’ virus

The first human in China diagnosed with the ‘Monkey B’ virus (external source, in Chinese) — a veterinarian in Beijing — has died, according to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

7. China sends criminal investigators to Pakistan

China’s Public Security Minister Zhao Kezhi (external source, in Chinese) said Saturday in a phone call with Pakistan’s interior minister that the Chinese ministry has sent expert criminal investigators to the South Asian country to help look into the bus explosion that killed 12 people, including nine Chinese citizens.

8. China’s top health authority emphasizes that vaccinations are voluntary

China’s National Health Commission (external source, in Chinese) has reiterated that Covid-19 vaccinations should be based on informed decisions and voluntary consent. The commission made the statement after news broke that some cities had announced new restrictions on unvaccinated people.

9. Tokyo logs four straight days of more than 1,000 new Covid cases

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (external source, in Chinese) reported 1,410 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, marking the fourth consecutive day that the figure exceeded 1,000.

10. Two athletes inside the Olympic village test positive for Covid-19

The Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee (external source, in Chinese) confirmed Sunday that two members of the South African soccer team staying in the Olympic Village have tested positive for Covid-19.

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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