Sep 09, 2021 08:15 PM

China Has Nearly 18 Million Teachers, Gaming Industry Earns $23 Billion in Revenue, Taliban Announce New Afghan Government

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 a plan released by the government to further integrate Guangdong province with Hong Kong. They are also following online gaming companies such as Tencent summoned by regulators to ensure they follow Beijing’s new restrictions on video gaming for minors.

1. Report of Taliban’s plan to hand over airbase to China is “fake news”

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said at a regular press briefing Tuesday that Indian media’s report saying the Taliban plans to hand over an Afghan airbase to China is “purely fake news” (external source).

2. Chinese embassy in Seoul denies media reports that China’s crackdown on fandom targets Korean celebrities

A spokesperson of the Chinese embassy in South Korea said in a Wednesday statement that China’s recent actions against fans or celebrities “won’t affect China’s normal exchanges (external source, in Chinese) with any country,” in response to South Korean media concern that the crackdown would affect bilateral cultural exchanges and target Korean celebrities.

3. China has fully vaccinated over 969 million people

China had administered more than 2.11 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines as of Monday, and more than 969.7 million people have been fully vaccinated (external source, in Chinese), according to the National Health Commission.

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4. China has almost 18 million teachers

The total number of teachers in China has reached 17.9 million (external source, in Chinese), an increase of 609,400 from the previous year, according to data released by the Ministry of Education on Sept. 8.

5. Taliban announce members of the new Afghan government

The Taliban on Tuesday announced the new acting government in Afghanistan (external source, in Chinese) and a list of cabinet members, naming senior Taliban leader Mohammad Hasan Akhund as acting prime minister.

6. China to aid Afghanistan with $31 million worth of food, vaccines and other materials

China plans to provide humanitarian aid (external source, in Chinese) to Afghanistan with 200 million yuan ($31 million) worth of food, materials for winter, vaccines and medicines, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at a meeting Wednesday.

7. Chinese embassy issues security warnings amid Guinea coup

The Chinese Embassy in Guinea issued a security alert Monday, urging Chinese nationals in the West African country to stay indoors and tighten security measures (external source, in Chinese), after the country’s military special forces seized power in a coup on Sunday.

8. Tencent, NetEase summoned over new gaming rules for kids

Several Chinese regulators Wednesday called in online gaming companies including Tencent Holdings Ltd. and NetEase Inc. to ensure they follow Beijing’s new restrictions on video gaming for minors, including limiting the amount of time children can play video games to three hours a week.

9. China expands Qianhai reform zone eightfold to boost Hong Kong integration

China’s financial reform zone in Shenzhen has been allowed an eightfold expansion as part of a plan released by the government to further integrate Guangdong province with Hong Kong.

10. China’s gaming market revenue hits $23 billion in first half

The sales revenue of China’s gaming market reached 150.5 billion yuan ($23.2 billion) in the first half of the year, up 7.89% year-on-year (external source, in Chinese), Zhang Yijun, first vice chairman of China Audio-Video and Digital Publishing Association, said at a conference in Shanghai on July 29.

Translated by reporter Wang Xintong.

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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