Aug 23, 2021 09:51 PM

China Removes 25 Apps for Gathering Data Illegally, Hangzhou Party Chief Investigated, and Rain Hits Henan Hard Again

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 China's birthrate, which has dropped below the international alert level. They are also following the suicide bombing in Pakistan targeting Chinese nationals that killed two local children.

1. Communist Party chief in Hangzhou under investigation for corruption

Zhou Jiangyong (external source, in Chinese), Hangzhou city’s Communist Party chief, is under disciplinary review and supervisory investigation on suspicion of corruption by the State Supervision Commission of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, according to a statement released Saturday.

2. Biden administration announces new sanctions over poisoning of opposition politician Alexei Navalny

The U.S. government (external source, in Chinese) on Friday announced sanctions against Russian entities and individuals for the Alexei Navalny poisoning and the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline project.

3. China’s birthrate drops below international alert level

The seventh census showed that China's total fertility rate (external source, in Chinese) fell to 1.3 in 2020, lower than the international alert line of 1.5, which risks an ever lower national fertility rate, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

4. State Council vows to investigate Zhengzhou floods

The State Council (external source, in Chinese) sent an investigation team to Zhengzhou on Friday to investigate and punish any misconduct in the official response to the devastating flooding in the Central China city of Zhengzhou that killed nearly 300 people.


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5. Booster shots could strengthen vaccine efficacy, expert says

China’s top respiratory disease expert Zhong Nanshan (external source, in Chinese) said Friday that China could reach herd immunity against Covid-19 by the end of this year if more than 80% of the population is fully vaccinated. Zhong cited a follow-up study on early stage Sinovac trials and confirmed that booster shots could strengthen the jab’s efficacy.

6. China removes 25 apps for collecting personal information illegally

The Chinese government (external source, in Chinese) has taken down 25 apps from mobile app stores for illegally collecting personal information, bolstering measures to protect citizens’ online privacy.

7. Suicide bombing in Pakistan targeting Chinese nationals kills two local children

A suicide bombing targeting a motorcade carrying Chinese nationals in Pakistan’s port city of Gwadar killed two local children, injuring one Chinese national and several others on Friday, the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan said in a statement.

8. Shanxi to ban the production and sale of superstitious funeral goods

North China’s Shanxi province (external source, in Chinese) will prohibit the production and sale of paper people, paper horses, paper houses, joss paper and other feudal and superstitious funeral goods.

9. About 130,000 students set to attend Tokyo Paralympics despite Covid-19 concerns

Plans to allow about 130,000 students (external source, in Chinese) to attend Tokyo’s Paralympic Games are underway despite the Delta variant of Covid-19 spreading among adolescents and younger unvaccinated populations.

10. More than 20 red rainstorm warnings in effect as Henan again suffers heavy showers

One month after devastating flooding, heavy rainfall hit Henan again. According to weather authorities, as of 5 p.m. Sunday, more than 20 red warnings (external source, in Chinese) for rainstorms had been announced in the province.

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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