Jul 21, 2021 08:39 PM

Central China Hit by Deadly Rainstorms, Tencent Wins WeChat Piracy Case, ‘Bad Stars’ to Be Disciplined by Industry

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 torrential rains and flooding in Central China which killed 12 people. They have also been following the lawsuit “Wolf Warrior” director Wu Jing won against a company with the same name.


1. Torrential rains and flooding leave 12 dead in central China

At least 12 people have died after torrential rain triggered flooding in Zhengzhou, Central China’s Henan province, local authorities said early Wednesday.

2. Director wins lawsuit against ‘Wolf Warrior’ company

Wu Jing, director of Chinese action movie “Wolf Warrior” (external source, in Chinese), has won a lawsuit against a company with the same name. The company was ordered to apologize to Wu and pay him 340,000 yuan ($52,400).


3. Families can have three children after May 31

The government of the Tibet autonomous region cited the National Health Commission (external source, in Chinese) on Monday, saying families can have three children after May 31, and women who give birth to their third child can enjoy national statutory maternity leave of 98 days.

4. 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.”

5. Ministry of Transportation urges cities to learn lessons from Zhengzhou subway flooding

The Ministry of Transport Wednesday urged cities to learn lessons and improve emergency plans after passengers on a subway train in Zhengzhou were trapped Tuesday night as heavy rain inundated the subway system, leaving 12 dead and five injured.

6. China Performance Industry Association says it will never be lenient in disciplining bad stars

The China Performing Arts Industry Association (external source, in Chinese) said on Monday that celebrities who engage in immoral acts and have a bad influence on society will be severely disciplined by the association. The statement came after pop star Kris Wu was accused by 19-year-old Du Meizhu of raping her two years ago.

7. Shanghai gets policy support to promote international use of yuan

China’s monetary authorities will support Shanghai’s role (external source, in Chinese) in the liberalization of the yuan, exploring free capital inflows and outflows and full currency convertibility in the Shanghai Lingang Special Zone, Wang Xin, director of the research bureau of China’s central bank said on Tuesday.

8. Tencent wins lawsuit in WeChat piracy case

Tencent was awarded 13.1 million yuan compensation in a lawsuit it filed against two communications companies, Lianluoyi and Dentang (external source, in Chinese), for using its WeChat trademark without permission and selling pirated versions of the WeChat system.

9. China says 5.31 million hosts attacked by overseas networks in 2020

According to the annual report of the National Computer Network Emergency Response Technology Coordination Center (external source, in Chinese), about 5.31 million hosts in on the Chinese mainland were attacked from 52,000 overseas servers in 2020, and the three countries with the highest number of hacking attacks on China were all NATO members.

10. Global atmospheric CO2 concentration reaches 800,000-year high

The China Meteorological Administration (external source, in Chinese) cited a World Meteorological Organization study Tuesday that shows that atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration has risen at an unprecedented rate in recent years, reaching the highest level in 800,000 years.

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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