Jul 22, 2021 08:24 PM

Donations Pour Into Flood-Ravaged Central China, Nanjing Launches Citywide Covid-19 Testing, U.S. Diplomat to Visit China

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 Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony director who was fired over a Holocaust joke. They have also continued following the torrential rains and flooding in Central China which have killed at least 33 people.


1. Donations pour into flood-ravaged Central China

As of Thursday morning, more than 80 companies (external source, in Chinese) from various sectors have donated more than 2.1 billion yuan ($324 million) to Central China’s Henan province where torrential rain has caused widespread destruction. In addition, more than 130 celebrities have donated over 100 million yuan.

2. Henan bans late reporting, hiding information on flood disaster

The Henan Provincial Discipline Inspection Commission (external source, in Chinese) has strictly prohibited late reporting or hiding of important flood disaster-related information, stressing that cadres at all levels should always put the safety of people's lives and property first.

3. 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.”

4. Nanjing launches citywide Covid testing after 17 airport workers test positive

The eastern city of Nanjing began citywide nucleic acid testing for Covid-19 (external source, in Chinese) on Wednesday after 17 workers at the city’s airport tested positive.

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5. China bans children under 16 from appearing in livestreams

The Office of Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission (external source, in Chinese) announced Wednesday that livestreaming of minors under the age of 16 is strictly prohibited with immediate effect.

6. Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony director fired over Holocaust joke

Kentaro Kobayashi (external source, in Chinese), director of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Tokyo Olympics, was dismissed Thursday after an old video of him making a joke about the Holocaust surfaced online, in a major blow to the games on the eve of the opening ceremony.

7. Zhengzhou’s hourly rainfall breaks record on Chinese mainland

In Zhengzhou, which has a population of 12.6 million, some 8 inches of rain fell between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday, in what was the heaviest hour of rainfall ever recorded anywhere on the Chinese mainland, according to official data.

8. 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.

9. Shandong province reports its first case of delta variant

The Shandong Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention (external source, in Chinese) confirmed Thursday that an infected person who entered the capital city of Jinan from South Korea carried the delta variant of the coronavirus, the province’s first such case.

10. Senior U.S. diplomat to visit China to ‘responsibly manage’ bilateral ties

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will travel to China on Sunday and meet with Chinese officials, including Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in the northern city of Tianjin, the State Department announced Wednesday.

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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