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  1. Online vitriol over one of China’s “left-behind children”, who was admitted to a top Chinese university but chose to study archaeology instead of a more lucrative major, has sparked debate about social class in China.Zhong Fangrong, a student in central China’s Hunan province, recently made news headlines for scoring 676 out of 750 on her college entrance exam and taking fourth place in her province. She told the media she would apply for the archaeology major at Peking University, one of the…
  2. Two Chinese soccer commentators have been fired after posting a video thanking Covid-19 for infecting one of the opposing team’s star players.The pair were speaking ahead of Friday night’s Chinese Super League match between Dalian Pro and Henan Jianye.Guo Yifei, a sports commentator working for Dalian TV, the main network in the northeastern city, uploaded a now-deleted video on the video platform Douyin in which he previewed the game with former Chinese international Wang Peng.Guo noted that…
  3. China’s top respiratory disease expert, Zhong Nanshan, is in line to receive the country’s top honour “for his courage in speaking out” over Covid-19 and contribution to medical science.Three others who played prominent roles in the fight against the disease were the only other names on a list of nominees published on Monday, a much shorter list than last year’s inaugural honours list.The Chinese government warned last week that the fight against the disease would not end soon, and called for…
  4. China’s state agency in charge of its strategic grain stockpiles has sparked concern over the quality of national grain reserves, particularly corn, after a local unit moved to ban all photo-taking devices from its granaries.The order, by the storehouse unit of the China Grain Reserves Cooperative (Sinograin) in the northern province of Heilongjiang province last week, came as the impact of the coronavirus, heavy summer flooding and record purchases from the United States have increased worries…
  5. Germany’s Oktoberfest may be cancelled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic but the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao is going ahead with its three-week beer festival.This time, though, visitors will have to present a green health QR code to show they are free of the virus, according to the organisers. They will also have to wear masks, have their temperature taken on entry and observe social distancing rules. In addition, the festival, which attracted more than 7.2 million people last…
  6. China will allow the nation’s army of small investors for the first time in history to file class action lawsuits in cases such as fraud and price manipulation, as policymakers stiffen penalties in the wake of scandals involving local businesses on stock exchanges at home and abroad.The landmark decision by the country’s Supreme Court paves the way for the world’s largest group of individual investors to seek compensation for investment losses by suing a defendant or defendants en masse. Class…
  7. China announced last week its new strategy to cope with a less accommodating international environment, so-called dual circulation, under which it will pursue growth in both its domestic and foreign trade sectors, but with the priority on the domestic market.According to the latest gathering of the Communist Party’s Politburo, this will be the direction for China’s economic policies in coming years, if not decades.The message is clear: China has to rely more on itself to sustain economic growth…
  8. A team from the World Health Organisation (WHO) has completed the groundwork for an investigation into the animal source and reservoirs of the novel coronavirus, the UN agency said on Sunday.“A two-person WHO advance team has concluded its three-week assignment in China to lay the groundwork for further joint efforts to identify the virus’ origins,” it said in a statement.The team had “extensive discussions with Chinese counterparts and received updates on epidemiological studies, biologic and…
  9. As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to make it difficult for people to travel overseas, two Taiwanese airlines are offering customers the opportunity to take a holiday flight to nowhere.Next weekend, an EVA Air A330 will take off from Taoyuan International Airport, fly over the northeast cape, circle Japan’s Ryukyu Islands and head home again via Taiwan’s southeast coast. The flight will last two hours and 45 minutes.“We have signed up nine local travel agencies for the trip, which will leave at…
  10. Biology student Ma Jingjing wandered the hall of a job fair in central China among other young Chinese hoping to find work in an economy crushed by the coronavirus pandemic.Ma, 26, is one of almost 9 million people graduating and entering the job market this year at a time of great uncertainty, an issue that has the Communist Party worried to the point that President Xi Jinping has made it a priority.The world’s second-largest economy may have rebounded sharply from a historic virus-induced…