Jul 23, 2021 09:24 PM

Man Arrested for Blackmailing Kris Wu, World Leaders Shun Olympics Opening, Putin Sends Condolences for China Flooding

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 world’s first 14-valent HPV vaccine entering clinical trials. They are also following the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony held today.


1. Man arrested for blackmailing Kris Wu

Police said a fraudster was behind sexual assault accusations against singer Kris Wu. A man has been arrested in Jiangsu province for blackmail days after police in the province accepted cases filed by both Wu and his accuser Du Meizhu.

2. World leaders and VIPs shun Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony amid Covid resurgence

Amid fresh waves of Covid-19 and widening skepticism, Japan was unable to attract many prominent world leaders or VIP guests to the Olympic Games opening ceremony today.

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3. China rejects WHO plan to reinvestigate Covid lab-leak theory

China will not accept the World Health Organization’s plan for a second-phase investigation into the origins of coronavirus in the country, the deputy director of the National Health Commission said Thursday.

4. China bans children under 16 from appearing in livestreams

The 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, in order to create a good internet environment for children.

5. Majority of infected cases in Nanjing were already vaccinated

Yang Yi, a Chinese Covid-19 treatment specialist (external source, in Chinese), said Thursday that most people confirmed with the infection in Nanjing were vaccinated and their condition is generally stable. They mainly have mild symptoms, with no cases of serious illness.

6. Large gap between supply and demand for child care services in China

Only about 5.5% of China’s 42 million infants and toddlers under 3 years old are able to enroll in child care services (external source, Chinese), leaving a huge gap in the supply and demand, the National Health Commission said Wednesday.

7. 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.

8. Putin sends China condolences over deadly floods in Henan

Russian President Vladimir Putin (external source, in Chinese) sent a letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping, expressing condolences for the fatal floods in Henan province, the Kremlin announced Wednesday.

9. World’s first 14-valent HPV vaccine enters clinical trials

Beijing-based biotech company SinoCellTech (external source, in Chinese) announced Thursday that the world’s first 14-valent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has entered clinical trials. The vaccine is designed to prevent diseases caused by HPV infection such as cervical cancer.

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 eastern city of Tianjin, the U.S. 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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