Sep 01, 2021 07:42 PM

Tencent Quits Music Rights, Teen Dies From Anthrax, China and U.S. Climate Envoys To Meet

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 after-school tutoring company that shut down amid the recent crackdown on the sector. They are also following the meeting between China’s special envoy on climate change Xie Zhenhua and his U.S. counterpart John Kerry this week.

1. Covid outbreak may be linked to cold chain logistics: CDC expert

Ma Huilai, an expert at China’s Center for Disease Control, said the Covid-19 outbreak at Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market (external source, in Chinese) in Wuhan in 2020 could be attributable to viruses brought in by cold chain logistics.

2. Tencent gives up all exclusive music rights

Tencent Holdings Ltd. on Tuesday announced that it had relinquished all its exclusive global music licensing deals (external source, in Chinese) following an order issued in an antitrust crackdown last month by the State Administration for Market Regulation.


3. After-school tutoring company closes after 27 years

Juren Education, a Beijing-headquartered after-school tutoring company, announced on Tuesday it is shutting down after operating for 27 years (external source, in Chinese) due to difficulties running the business amid China’s crackdown on the tutoring sector.

4. Zhejiang launches food takeout digital monitoring

Zhejiang province’s market supervision bureau director Zhang Genming introduced “Zhejiang takeout online” (external source, in Chinese) on Sunday, an innovative food takeout monitoring system. The closed-loop system keeps tabs on the complete online takeout chain from processing to delivery.

5. China imposes strict limits on kids’ video game time

China has limited to three hours a week the amount of time children can play online video games, a dramatic blow to the world’s largest mobile gaming market as Beijing continues to crack down on large technology companies.

6. China tightens nationwide education inspections

Amid a raft of recent regulatory changes affecting China’s education system, the Ministry of Education has tightened its oversight of local governments, schools and educational institutions in a new set of rules that took effect Wednesday to enforce national policies.

7. A 14-year-old student dies of anthrax in East China

A 14-year-old student has died after contracting anthrax in East China’s Shandong province. It is believed to be the second death from the infectious disease in the country since dozens of local infections were detected earlier this year, according to China CDC Weekly.

8. China opposes U.S. deportation of three Chinese students

China has strongly opposed the deportation of three Chinese students (external source, in Chinese) from the U.S., which Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said Monday represented a discriminatory approach to international students. The students returned to China on Aug. 15 after interrogation by U.S. officials on arrival at Houston Airport.

9. Taliban close to announcing new government

The Taliban says it will announce the formation of a new Afghan government (external sources, in Chinese) on Sept. 3, Russian media reported, as some countries continue to evacuate their citizens.

10. Top Chinese, U.S. climate envoys meet in Tianjin

China’s special envoy on climate change, Xie Zhenhua, is meeting his U.S. counterpart, John Kerry, in the northern city of Tianjin this week to discuss bilateral climate cooperation and U.N. climate talks scheduled for later this year.

Translated by reporter Cai Xuejiao.

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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