Jul 26, 2021 08:50 PM

Typhoon Forces Relocation of 360,00 in Shanghai, First Transgender Athlete to Compete at Olympics, Tencent Ordered to Give Up Exclusive Music Rights

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 transgender athlete to compete in women’s weightlifting at the Olympics. They are also following the fatal flooding in Central China which has affected more than 1.28 million people in Xinxiang.


1. 362,000 people relocated in Shanghai due to typhoon In-fa

According to the Shanghai Flood Control Command Office (external source, in Chinese), the city has relocated 362,000 people due to typhoon In-fa. Most of these people are from Pudong New Area, which is close to the sea. Authorities predict about 300 millimeters (nearly 12 inches) of rainfall will fall on Shanghai in the next three days.

2. First transgender athlete to compete in women’s weightlifting at Olympics

Laurel Hubbard, a 43-year-old New Zealander who transitioned from male to female in 2012, will represent New Zealand in the women’s weightlifting competition (external source, in Chinese) at the Tokyo Olympics. She will be the first transgender athlete to compete at an Olympics, which has sparked a heated debate.

3. Rainstorm affects more than 1.28 million people in Xinxiang

Xinxiang (external source, in Chinese), a prefecture-level city some 80 kilometers north of Zhengzhou, received nearly 965.5 millimeters of rainfall from July 17 to 23, with more than 1.28 million residents affected, according to the Xinxiang City Flood Control and Drought Relief Command Office.

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4. Tencent ordered to relinquish exclusive music rights

The State Administration of Market Regulation (external source, in Chinese) on Saturday ordered Tencent to renounce its exclusive music licensing rights and fined the company 500,000 yuan ($77,130) for anticompetitive behavior.

5. French president attends Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony

French President Emmanuel Macron (external source, in Chinese) arrived in Tokyo on Friday on a two-day visit to Japan and attended the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics held that evening. Macron is the only foreign head of state to attend the opening ceremony.

6. Two workers dead, three missing in Zhuhai bridge accident

Two workers were found dead and three were still unaccounted for as of late Sunday afternoon, after an under-construction bridge in Zhuhai (external source, in Chinese), in southern China’s Guangdong province collapsed Sunday morning.

7. Weibo bans 33 accounts for insulting Olympic athletes

China’s Twitter-like Weibo has banned 33 accounts for 90 to 180 days for maliciously denigrating (external source, in Chinese) Chinese Olympic athletes, and deleted 35 offensive comments, according to an announcement by the platform on Sunday.

8. New Oriental considers compliance measures in response to new regulations

New Oriental Education, China’s largest private educational services provider, announced Monday that it is considering appropriate compliance measures after the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council (external source, in Chinese) issued regulations Saturday to bar local authorities from approving new private education firms that teach primary and secondary school subjects and requiring existing ones to register as nonprofit entities.

9. Zhuhai launches citywide nucleic acid testing

The city of Zhuhai in southern China’s Guangdong province (external source, Chinese) on Monday locked down some areas and started citywide nucleic acid testing after reporting a case of asymptomatic infection related to the recent resurgence of Covid-19 in Nanjing, East China’s Jiangsu province.

10. China administers 1.5 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines

As of Thursday, China has administered more than 1.5 billion doses (external source, in Chinese) of Covid-19 vaccines, according to the country’s National Health Council.

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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