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China could have Covid-19 vaccine 'ready for public use early next year', China News

China may have a vaccine against the deadly Covid-19 for emergency use by September and for the general public early next year, a top Chinese public health expert has said. This is the first time a Chinese official has put an estimate on the timescale for development of a coronavirus vaccine, believed to be the key to containing the global... → Read More

At least 500 Wuhan medical staff infected with coronavirus, China News

At least 500 hospital staff in Wuhan had been infected with the deadly new strain of coronavirus by mid January, multiple medical sources have confirmed, leaving hospitals short-staffed and causing deep concern among health care workers. While the government has reported individual cases of health care workers becoming infected, it has not provided the full picture, and the sources said doctors… → Read More

Wuhan virus: Scientists identify possible new mode of transmission in human faeces, China, Health News

Chinese scientists have found traces of the new coronavirus in the faeces of some infected patients, possibly indicating an additional mode of transmitting the deadly disease. Health authorities had previously thought the main ways the disease was spread was through respiratory droplet transmission and contact, including touching the face after exposure to a surface containing the virus. → Read More

Hospitals in China seek donations of masks, gowns to cope with virus outbreak, China News

Chinese hospitals are running out of protective gear to handle the deadly coronavirus outbreak and many have appealed to the public for donations. With some factories shut down for the Lunar New Year break, hospitals - including in major cities like Beijing and Guangzhou - have put out the call for more supplies, even as authorities coordinate across the country to increase production to cope… → Read More

Chinese police seek teenager after schoolteacher is fatally injured, China News

Police in northwestern Shaanxi province were looking for a high school pupil suspected of having fatally injured a teacher after his mobile phone was confiscated by another member of staff. A statement from Xian police on Saturday said the 17-year-old boy was believed to be from Xian No 66 Middle School, where a 55-year-old politics teacher, identified by her family name Zhou, 55, was fatally… → Read More

Chinese transgender graduates struggle to obtain new degree certificates after surgery , China News

An NGO working with transgender graduates in China has called on the government to do more to help people change the sex designation on their degree certificates, after many struggled to do so and found that their job prospects suffered. Beijing Gender, a non-governmental organisation advocating for gender and sexual diversity, said some transgender people could not use their degree to find work… → Read More

China designers see Disney double in Dalian tourism logo competition winner, China News

The winner of a logo competition aimed at promoting tourism in the northern Chinese city of Dalian, Liaoning province, has been accused of ripping off Disney's distinctive font. The city's Bureau of Culture and Tourism published the winning design of its "Dalian has quality gifts" competition on December 11 but specialists were soon picking it apart, accusing the winner of using a combination of… → Read More

Chinese 'serial killer' caught after 20 years on the run, China News

A Chinese woman accused of murdering seven people, including a three-year-old girl, has been captured after 20 years on the run. Lao Rongzhi, 45, escaped when her boyfriend Fa Ziying was caught by police in Hefei, Anhui province, in July 1999, and had been living under a false identity since then. Fa initially refused to tell police anything about his girlfriend and later provided false… → Read More

Godfrey Gao death highlights dark side of China's reality TV craze, Entertainment News

The death of Taiwanese-Canadian actor Godfrey Gao on Wednesday during filming of Chinese reality television showChase Me has highlighted the cutthroat competition and dubious standards surrounding these programmes. → Read More

Has China forgiven tax cheat Fan Bingbing?, Entertainment, China News

Disgraced Chinese actress Fan Bingbing could be on the way back from exile after her tax evasion scandal, with state media reporting on her recent charity work. After disappearing from official media for more than a year, Fan was finally given a mention, albeit not in a prominent position, for her appearance at the launch of a girls' safety charity event hosted by Ifeng.com and Henan Traffic… → Read More

Online ban hits China's vaping industry but it's not stubbed out yet, Digital, China News

The vaping industry has suffered a series of setbacks around the world following a spate of deaths in the United States. A number of governments are now considering or implementing bans even if Donald Trump has wavered over whether to introduce similar measures in the United States. Now China, where a lack of regulation and the ease of buying online have helped create millions of e-cigarette… → Read More

Chinese court seizes assets of billionaire's son Wang Sicong over debts, China News

A Beijing court has seized assets belonging to Wang Sicong, the son of a Chinese billionaire, over 151 million yuan (US$21.4 million) in debts. "The court has restricted luxury spending by Wang Sicong and sealed off properties, cars and bank accounts under Wang's name," Gao Zhihai, spokesman for the Beijing No 2 Intermediate People's Court, said on Friday. "Wang Sicong has declared his assets to… → Read More

5 die at Chinese wedding after drinking home-made wine containing industrial alcohol, China News

Five people died and 14 others were taken to hospital after drinking wine made with industrial alcohol, a county government in southwestern China has said. A man in Manpan village, in Yunnan province's Menghai county, held a wedding banquet on Thursday and Friday last week for his son, and served wine made by another villager, identified only by his family name Yan. Some banquet guests vomited… → Read More

Foreign worker in Beijing suspended for comments about 'dirty yellow guys', China News

A foreign worker at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing has been fired for posting racist comments on social media. The incident came to light when screenshots of posts made on employment networking site LinkedIn by Mark Kolars, a visual effects designer who worked at the academy's Institute of Automation in Beijing, were shared on Weibo, China's Twitter-like service. → Read More

More heads roll at Chinese airline over cockpit visitor, China News

The fallout from the case of a Chinese pilot who allowed a young woman to visit the cockpit during a flight earlier this year deepened on Tuesday with a number of senior executives being subject to disciplinary action. A leaked directive from Air Guilin, published in the news portal Thepaper.cn, named the pilot for the first time as Su Chen and said the airline had urged the Civil Aviation… → Read More

Chinese pilot grounded after cockpit guest's photo goes viral, China News

A Chinese pilot has been banned from flying for life for allowing a young woman to visit the cockpit. The incident happened on an Air Guilin flight 10 months ago, but the photos taken by the woman - later identified as Chen Yuying, a student who planned to become a flight attendant after graduation - only went viral on Sunday. Chen, a third-year student at Guilin Tourism University, was seen… → Read More

China targets abuse and cyberbullying in new child protection measures, China News

China is planning a major overhaul of its child protection laws including new safeguards against abuse and bullying. It will also increase the authorities' powers to step in when parents or other legal guardians are failing in their duty of care. The proposed new amendments to the Minors Protection Law underwent their first review at a bimonthly session of the National People's Congress Standing… → Read More

Game over? China's NBA fans call time out over Hong Kong tweet, China News

As a teenager Sun Qiang was crazy about the NBA and had no qualms about skipping classes so he could get home in time to watch the games that were broadcast every Tuesday on state television. There were no dedicated sports channels in China in those days and the matches were mostly recorded, but the young fan from Beijing couldn't get enough of his beloved basketball. Whenever he could he bought… → Read More

China's National Day celebrations end with fireworks, singing and dancing, China News

Fireworks lit up the night sky over Tiananmen Square on Tuesday evening, forming "70" and "Long live the people", as more than 60,000 people from all walks of life took centre stage for a gala show. It was the grand finale in a day of events in Beijing marking China's 70th anniversary - a show of pride and patriotism over the country's rapid rise. Director Zhang Yimou, the filmmaker who oversaw… → Read More

Chinese police do u-turn on traffic crash after crowd doubt official account, China News

A motorcyclist and his passenger fleeing a random breath test police stop had to be rushed to hospital after an auxiliary officer threw a bike into the vehicle's path in southern China on Sunday. Traffic police in Shantou, Guangdong province, said initially on Monday morning that the motorcycle did a U-turn to avoid the police checkpoint, sped away and crashed in some shrubbery separating… → Read More