Aug 26, 2021 07:18 PM

Chinese Envoy Meets Senior Taliban Official, Embassy Says U.S. Media Reject Covid Origin Article, State Media Weighs In on TV Host Rape Claims

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 country’s proposed investigation of a U.S. laboratory. They are also following the Fukushima wastewater release and China’s role in Afghanistan’s power transition.

1. Chinese TV host accused of rape

Chinese TV host Qian Feng (external source, in Chinese) was accused of sexual assault and suspended by broadcaster Hunan Television. The state-run People’s Daily said in a commentary on the case Tuesday that “the law will not wrong a good man, nor will it spare a bad man.”

2. WHO head calls for two-month vaccine booster halt

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (external source, in Chinese) on Monday called for a two-month moratorium on Covid-19 vaccine booster shots to reduce global vaccine inequity and prevent the emergence of new coronavirus variants.


Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Photo: VCG

3. University clears Zhang Wenhong of academic fraud

China’s elite Fudan University has concluded that the doctoral thesis of Zhang Wenhong “met all the criteria required at the time of submission,” and issued a statement on Monday exonerating the top epidemiologist from accusations of plagiarism, according to the local official newspaper Shanghai Daily.

4. Shanghai bans training institutions from poaching schoolteachers with high salaries

Shanghai on Tuesday issued a ruling banning private training institutions (external source, in Chinese) from poaching schoolteachers with the lure of high salaries and stressing that those engaged in subject-based training must have appropriate teaching qualifications.

5. Taliban warns of consequences if U.S. delays withdrawal

The Taliban will not agree to extend the deadline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops (external source, in Chinese) from Afghanistan and warned of “consequences” if the Aug. 31 deadline is not met.

6. 100 million parcels delivered to Chinese countryside daily

Ma Junsheng, director of the State Post Bureau (external source, in Chinese), said Tuesday that China Post’s parcel delivery network serves 98% of the country’s townships and 50% of villages. Of the 300 million express shipments the state-run postal service makes nationwide each day, 100 million packages go to rural areas.

7. Taliban official meets Chinese ambassador in Kabul

Senior Taliban leader Abdul Salam Hanafi (external source, in Chinese) met with Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan Wang Yu in Kabul on Tuesday, a Taliban spokesperson said.

8. Fukushima nuclear effluent to be discharged through undersea tunnel

The Japanese government and Tepco (external source, in Chinese) have reportedly finalized plans for effluent from the Fukushima nuclear power plant. It will be diverted to the sea 1 kilometer out from the coast through the construction of an undersea tunnel.

9. Embassy says U.S. media declined to publish article on Covid origin tracing

The U.S. Embassy in Washington (external source, in Chinese) said U.S. media outlets it approached refused to publish its explanation of China’s stance on Covid origin tracing. The embassy reiterated the argument made by some Chinese officials that the virus may have come from a U.S. laboratory.

10. China proposes investigation of U.S. laboratory

China’s Permanent Representative in Geneva Chen Xu (external source, in Chinese) sent a letter to the WHO on Tuesday regarding the origin studies of the coronavirus, proposing an investigation into the U.S. Army’s Fort Detrick and the University of North Carolina.

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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