Sep 15, 2021 08:49 PM

Denmark Lifts Covid Restrictions, Chinese Embassy Slams U.K. Parliament’s Ban on Envoy, Putin Self-Isolates

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 latest Covid-19 outbreak in Fujian that has grown to include more than 150 people (link in Chinese). They are also following news about debt-ridden Evergrande, which denied rumors of bankruptcy. 

1. Al-Qaida leader appears in a video amid rumored death

Ayman al-Zawahri appeared in a video released Saturday (external source), which marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, amid rumors of his death that have been circulating since late last year, the Associated Press reported.

2. Denmark removes all Covid restrictions

Denmark had lifted all restrictions (external source) to curb the spread of Covid-19 as of Friday, including a rule requiring people to present proof of vaccination to enter nightclubs. The decision was taken after more than 83% of eligible people aged above 12 in Denmark had been fully vaccinated, according to the Danish Health Authority.

3. Uniqlo boss loses crown as the richest person in Japan

Takemitsu Takizaki, founder of electronic-sensor maker Keyence Corp., has beaten out Uniqlo billionaire Tadashi Yanai (external source) to become the richest person in Japan, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Takizaki is worth $38.2 billion after his company’s shares almost doubled from last year. Fast Retailing’s Yanai is now worth $35.6 billion.

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4. Evergrande denies bankruptcy rumors

Debt-ridden China Evergrande Group on Monday denied rumors of bankruptcy (external source, in Chinese), saying the company is facing “unprecedented difficulties but will firmly carry out its corporate responsibilities.” The company offered retail investors in its high-yield wealth management products three repayment options Monday after hundreds of them protested over overdue payments Sunday.

5. China’s two epidemic prevention mini programs on Alipay combined

China’s two epidemic control functions on Ant Group’s Alipay — a national health code and a travel card that traces where citizens have been within 14 days — have been combined into one (external source, in Chinese) to facilitate Covid-19 inspection at checkpoints, Chinese media reported.

6. Celebrity studios move to small cities to avoid tax

Many celebrities have registered their studios in small cities that have preferential tax policies (external source, in Chinese), domestic media reports.

7. Fujian Covid outbreak mainly concentrated in Putian and Xiamen

China reported 59 locally transmitted Covid-19 cases (external source, in Chinese) on Monday, all in the eastern province of Fujian, according to the National Health Commission. Among them, 32 were found in Xiamen, 24 in Putian and three in Quanzhou. The authorities also reported one asymptomatic case in Putian that day.

8. Chinese Embassy in the U.K. condemns ban on ambassador

The Chinese Embassy in the U.K. said in a statement Tuesday that it “strongly condemns” (external source) the U.K. parliament’s ban on Ambassador Zheng Zeguang that prevents him from attending events upon invitation to the parliamentary estate. “The decision of the U.K. Parliament reflects the narrow and parochial mindset of some individuals in the U.K. It is a shortsighted, reckless and cowardly move,” the embassy said.

9. Putin self-isolates after coming in contact with Covid case

Russian President Vladimir Putin (external source, in Chinese) is self-isolating after coming into close contact with a staff member in his inner circle who had been infected with the coronavirus, according to media reports. Putin has tested negative for Covid-19, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said.

10. Beijing warns Washington against recognizing name change of Taiwan’s U.S. office

China’s foreign ministry has warned the U.S. against recognizing a change of the name of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Washington to the “Taiwan Representative Office,” a change regarded by Beijing as a violation of the “One China principle,” and urged the U.S. to “handle the Taiwan question in a prudent manner.”

Translated by reporters Wang Xintong and 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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