China Society

The latest society, public affairs and community news from China.
  1. A restaurant customer in northeastern China is demanding higher compensation after he was served pig intestine filled with excrement at a well-known chain then offered a sum he considered inadequate, according to news video app PearVideo.The diner, identified only by his surname Wang, was enjoying a pot of rice noodles with pig intestine on Friday when he found a piece that was tougher to chew, he said.He complained to staff at the restaurant, a branch of Axiang Rice Noodles in a mall in…
  2. China’s foreign ministry has accused a German football player of being deceived by “fake news” after he spoke out against the Chinese government’s treatment of Uygurs in the country’s far western region of Xinjiang.On Monday, ministry spokesman Geng Shuang invited Mesut Ozil, who plays for English Premier League team Arsenal, to visit the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region to see its “stable political situation and economic development” for himself.“I don’t know if Mr Ozil has been to Xinjiang…
  3. A top university in central China has expelled nearly 100 international students amid a national call for colleges to get tougher on students from overseas.Wuhan University in Wuhan, Hubei province, expelled 92 students from more than 10 countries for problems ranging from poor grades to discipline violations and failure to pay tuition fees, Changjiang Daily reported on Monday.The expulsions followed warnings to the students a year earlier, the report said, quoting a staff member in the…
  4. China’s independent theatrical groups are getting around the country’s strict censorship rules through guerilla-style tactics which include pop-up performances in unusual venues.“A rebellious spirit is very dangerous. If an artist is in trouble in China everybody will cut connections, cooperation and conversation with them,” writer-director Wang Chong said on the sidelines of the 7th annual Wuzhen Theatre Festival near Shanghai.Wang, 37, was the creator of a scene in which an actress – playing…
  5. Hong Kong’s district council election results were demoralising for “Robert”. The Hongkonger works as a property consultancy executive in Shanghai, and for him, the pan-democrats’ landslide victory was disappointing.“I feel terribly sad about the results, and some of my [Hong Kong] friends here feel the same, because the winning candidates didn’t denounce the protesters’ violence,” said the 47-year-old, who has worked in mainland China for more than a decade.He said he could not openly discuss…
  6. China’s pork crisis, which has sent prices soaring, has still produced some big winners.Chief among them is Qin Yinglin.The chairman of Muyuan Foodstuff has seen his net worth more than quadruple this year to US$8.6 billion.This makes his the fastest-growing fortune on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, which features the world’s 500 richest people.Wholesale pork prices have more than doubled this year, according to data from China’s Ministry of Commerce, fuelling the highest annual consumer…
  7. Police in eastern China have detained five people on suspicion of carrying out a scam that aimed to convince people to part with their money in return for a share of trillions of US dollars that have been frozen since the defeated Nationalist forces fled the mainland at the end of the civil war.Officers found fake army uniforms and a number of forged documents when they detained the three women and two men at a hotel in Shandong province last week, the Yimeng Evening News reported.The gang is…
  8. Chinese airlines have largely stopped hiring foreign pilots for Boeing’s 737 MAX, nine months after two crashes led to the grounding of the bestselling model, according to recruitment agencies.Carriers in China’s booming aviation market had been among the most enthusiastic buyers of the plane, accounting for 20 per cent of a global fleet that now sits idle.Chinese airlines still pay above-market wages but the lengthy grounding has hit a swathe of roles paying multiple times the median salary of…
  9. Four people were killed and 14 remain trapped after a coal mine in southwest China flooded on Saturday afternoon, state media reported on Sunday.The incident happened at about 3.30pm local time at a mine in the city of Yibin, Sichuan province, when 347 people were working underground, broadcaster China Central Television said.As of Sunday morning, 329 people had managed to return to the surface, and 11 teams comprising about 200 people were working to free those still trapped, the report said…
  10. Chinese criminals have been exploiting the country’s African swine fever crisis by intentionally spreading the disease to force farmers to sell their pigs for a low price before smuggling the meat and selling it on as healthy stock, state media has reported.Sometimes the gangs spread rumours about the virus, which is fatal to pigs, but in more extreme cases they are using drones to drop infected items into farms, according to an investigation by the magazine China Comment, which is affiliated…