Aug 10, 2021 08:40 PM

Beijing Suspends Long-Distance Buses, Zhengzhou Halts Covid Vaccinations, China Upholds Canadian’s Death Sentence

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 nationwide Covid-19 flare-up. They are also following the Canadian drug smuggler’s death penalty being upheld.

1. Jiangsu Covid-19 flare-up involves three transmission chains

There are three transmission chains (external source, in Chinese) in the Covid-19 flare-up in East China’s Jiangsu province, with Nanjing cases being linked to the airport, Yangzhou infections spreading from a mahjong hall, and Huai’an cases spreading from a travel group members.

2. U.S. President Biden orders B-52 bombers to target Taliban

U.S. President Joe Biden (external source, in Chinese) ordered the deployment of B-52 bombers and helicopter gunships to carry out attacks on the Taliban after they claimed Saturday to have seized Sheberghan, the capital of Jowzjan province in northern Afghanistan.

3. Beijing suspends long-distance buses to and from the city

Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport (external source, in Chinese) announced Saturday that from Aug. 8 it would suspend long-distance passenger shuttle buses and tourist charter buses to and from Beijing, except for those connecting the capital with neighboring Tianjin and Hebei province, to stop the spread of the coronavirus through road transport.

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4. China court upholds Canadian drug smuggler’s death penalty in second trial

The Liaoning Provincial High People’s Court (external source, in Chinese) upheld the death sentence of Canadian drug smuggler Robert Lloyd Schellenberg in a second trial on Tuesday. The defendant was involved in international drug trafficking activities and attempted to smuggle 222 kilograms of methamphetamine with others.

5. Zhengzhou halts Covid-19 vaccination

Zhengzhou, the capital city of Henan province (external source, in Chinese), issued an emergency notice Tuesday to suspend Covid-19 vaccination in the city to prevent the possible spread of the virus caused by the gathering of people.

6. Israel’s new drug in development can cure 90% of severe Covid cases

The Phase II clinical trial of EXO-CD24, a new anti-coronavirus drug (external source, in Chinese) developed by a team at Israel’s Eretz Yisrov Hospital, has yielded positive results with more than 90% of the severely ill patients participating in the trial being discharged from the hospital within five days, according to The Jerusalem Post.

7. Trump will run for president in 2024, former press secretary says

Donald Trump’s former press secretary Sean Spicer (external source, in Chinese) says his former boss will run for president again in 2024.

8. Tencent denies significant job cuts after Weishi merger

Chinese tech company Tencent (external source) has denied rumors that it will cut 70% of its workforce in a merger of its short-video platform Weishi and Tencent Video, according to the Global Times.

9. Japanese prime minister’s approval rating hits record low after Olympics

A survey released Monday (external source, in Chinese) showed that Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s approval rating fell below 30% for the first time since he took office, indicating that the Tokyo Olympics failed to boost his support amid a resurgence of the new coronavirus infections.

10. Huawei’s HarmonyOS users exceed 50 million

Huawei (external source, in Chinese) said Monday that the users of its smartphone operating system HarmonyOS have exceeded 50 million as of Friday.

Translated by intern reporter Chen Bingyi.

Caixin has not independently verified the veracity or accuracy of all of the headlines or stories.

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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