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  1. Dozens of tourist sites have offered free entrance or half-priced tickets for visitors who wear Erke trainers to thank the brand for donating 50 million yuan (US$7.7 million) to help flood-devasted Henan province get back on its feet.Erke, made by the Xiamen-based China Hongxing Sports company, said it would donate cash and goods to the victims of major floods that devastated Henan last week.The floods, caused by a “once in a thousand-year” rainstorm, killed 69 people, left five missing and…
  2. US firms are hugely interested in working with China on climate-related issues, according to the nation’s top climate diplomat, Xie Zhenhua.Xie, China’s climate change envoy, said at a financial forum in Beijing over the weekend that China’s top economic planner, the National Development and Reform Commission, held two round table meetings for American multinationals in China in May and July.The firms are keen to cooperate with their Chinese counterparts and promote green and low-carbon…
  3. China’s animal husbandry association urged companies on Tuesday to donate large volumes of disinfectants for a county in the central province of Henan, where widespread floods have killed thousands of livestock.The rotting carcasses of dead animals easily produced pathogens, but disinfection material was insufficient, the semi-official China Animal Agriculture Association said on its website, after the farms in Tangyin county were flooded.It also sought donations of other disease prevention…
  4. Chinese actor Wang Yibo and former PLA singer Han Hong have been mired in controversy this week as some have labelled their charity work at the front line of the floods in Henan province “just for show”.The floods in the central China have killed 71 people in the past week and displaced hundreds of thousands of people.Han, one of China’s most well-known singers, went with a team from her charity foundation and Wang on Thursday to Zhengzhou, the provincial capital, to deliver supplies to a local…
  5. Two university academics in China have been accused of sexual harassment and abuse as the country’s #MeToo movement regained momentum amid superstar Kris Wu’s alleged teen date rape scandal.Zhou Xuanyi, an associate professor at Wuhan University and a well-known online commentator on women’s rights, has been suspended from teaching after a woman alleged that he date raped her, the university said in a statement last week.According to the statement, Zhou, 42, has more than 1.4 million followers…
  6. Beijing’s decisions on coal could have an important impact on two key issues that divided Group of 20 rich nations in talks last week, according to Chinese observers.G20 energy and environment ministers agreed to accelerate the transition to clean energy to tackle climate change during the summit in Naples.But they were split on when to phase out coal and ending international funding for coal “despite a prolonged and tireless discussion”, according to a G20 presidency statement on Friday.Most…
  7. A Chinese Olympic athlete who did not make the air-rifle final was abused online before Chinese censors intervened and suspended 33 accounts. The woman air-rifle contestant, Wang Luyao, placed 16th in the 10-metre air-rifle qualifying round, a disappointment for her considering she was a top medal contender for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. After the match, she posted a selfie of herself in black pyjamas with the caption: “Sorry everyone, I admit I chickened out”. What followed was a flood of…
  8. Ma Chengfeng counts himself lucky.He said that if he had run out of his house just two minutes later, he would have been swept away by floods triggered by heavy rain last week.Ma lives in Mihe township in Gongyi, a small city about 80km (50 miles) west of Zhengzhou in the central Chinese province of Henan.On Tuesday, he was woken by his wife Wang Fengjuan and the couple fled with their two children to a neighbour’s home on higher ground.On the weekend, Ma was sitting by the side of a road…
  9. Many residents of Shanghai stayed home on Monday as Typhoon In-fa continued to lash the city after making landfall at the nearby island-city of Zhoushan on Sunday morning.Over the next 24 hours, the storm moved north before it hit the mainland city of Pinghu, which is quite close to Shanghai, on Monday morning, according to China’s National Meteorological Centre.The meteorological authority said the provinces of Zhejiang and Jiangsu, as well as Shanghai municipality, all in eastern China, will…
  10. Last week’s decision to abolish China’s 40-year-old policy of imposing hefty fines on so-called surplus births puts the final nail in the coffin of the country’s notorious family planning regime. The fines started in the early 1980s and instilled fear throughout society to discourage births. They could immediately bankrupt a family. In some provinces, the maximum fine was set at 10 years of the local average income for both the father and the mother, or a couple had to pay a one-off cash…