China Society

The latest society, public affairs and community news from China.
  1. The next few days will be nerve-racking for many families across mainland China, with a record number of students about to sit the national university entrance exams after they were delayed by a month because of the coronavirus pandemic.Education authorities are expecting some 10.71 million students to take the notoriously tough tests – known as the gaokao – the results of which will decide if and where they will go to university.Students in most parts of the country will sit the exams on…
  2. The South China Morning Post on Tuesday launched its third edition of the China Internet Report, and in 2020 one theme dominates more than any other – the acceleration of digital trends as a result of the Covid-19 health crisis.The pandemic has permanently changed how people in China are using technology in their everyday lives, with increased online consumption and more people than ever before working online.“The Covid-19 pandemic has left a lasting and transformative impact on China’s…
  3. Chinese public health officials urged travellers to the rural areas and grassland in Inner Mongolia to step up personal protections after a city in the autonomous region reported a case of bubonic plague over the weekend.People should not get close to or eat wild animals, nor camp in the grassland overnight, said Pang Xinghuo, vice-director of the Beijing Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, told a news conference on Monday.Anyone who runs a temperature should report his or her travel…
  4. Rising demand for wild meat, environmental destruction and unsustainable farming could lead to more pandemics such as Covid-19, a new report has warned.The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Livestock Research Institute said Covid-19 was only the latest in a growing number of diseases – including Ebola, Middle East respiratory syndrome, West Nile fever and Rift Valley fever – whose spread from animals to humans had been intensified by human activity.The report, …
  5. China’s huge flood defence network in the south of the country is being put to the test by persistent heavy rainfall across the Yangtze River region.Torrential rain that began in late May has so far affected almost 20 million people in provinces along the river, with at least 121 killed or missing in severe floods, state media reported.Meteorological bureaus have warned heavy downpours will continue to affect large areas of the country – from Chongqing in the southwest to Shanghai on the east…
  6. The novel coronavirus can live for days on animal skin, according to researchers from the biggest US military bioweapons laboratory.In Fort Detrick, Maryland, army researchers tested the virus on the surface of various substances, including uncirculated paper currency supplied by the US Secret Service and unused cotton-polyester fabric, according to a non-peer-reviewed paper posted on the preprint site medRxiv.org on Friday.They found that of the samples, the virus could survive the longest at…
  7. Speaking at the Taipei Water Park this spring, Mayor Ko Wen-je urged audience members to “think about where water comes from when they drink it”.Ko’s comment came at the premiere of Tracing Roots, a documentary film on the history of Taipei’s water supply – from the 19th century, when residents dug their own wells, to the city’s current management system that collects, purifies and distributes 2.4 million cubic tons of potable water every day.Most of the film’s 25-minute running time focuses on…
  8. Zhang Xiqing is an outlier in Chinese society.At 33, the designer based in the southern city of Shenzhen is happily unmarried, has no plans to have children with her boyfriend, and left her job at tech titan Tencent for a start-up because she wanted to “try something new”.“I wanted to live just for myself, and just for us,” she said.But Zhang faces immense pressure from her family, who insist that she is “getting old” that a woman “of her age” should be married with children.She does her best…
  9. This is the first in a three-part series examining the role of the Roman Catholic Church in China and how the difficult and complex relationship between the Vatican and Beijing has shifted and evolved since the Communist Party broke diplomatic ties in 1951. The first story investigates an agreement signed two years ago that suggested both sides seemed to be showing signs of compromise. What is at stake in this discussion and is there any potential for common ground between Pope Francis and…
  10. Artificial intelligence is being used to monitor workers’ behaviour on construction sites across China, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences.The technology, developed by the Institute of Automation in Beijing, has “made construction sites transparent” with significant improvements in safety and productivity, according to a report published on the academy’s website last month.The report said the AI was hooked up to CCTV cameras and was able to tell whether an employee was doing their job…