quarantine in Shanghai, departure of JD.com chief, Taliban accreditation

Unloading of medical supplies in Shanghai on April 10. Photo: The Register-Herald, AP

The founder of the e-commerce giant JD.com resigns as CEO. A Chinese scientist convicted of genetic experiments has been released. Taliban diplomats accredited in China. Taiwanese pop singer stole $ 500,000 worth of NFT. Forbes publishes list of richest Chinese billionaires in 2022. The main Chinese news of the week, the shocking article on the quarantine in Shanghai and the movie premieres in March – at EC Digest.

Coronavirus in mainland China

On April 9, 1318 new local Covid-19 cases were detected. Above all – in Shanghai (1006 cases). In Jilin Province – 242 cases, in Zhejiang Province – 16, in Guangdong Province – 10. Cases were also detected in 13 other parts of the country. There were also 25,037 new local cases of asymptomatic Covid-19 during the day, of which nearly 24,000 were in Shanghai.

Map of the distribution of Covid-19 in China, the colors show the number of patients with Covid-19 on April 10, 2022. Source: Dingxiangyuan

Since late March, Shanghai has been experiencing its worst outbreak of Covid-19 infections. News came from Shanghai about the separation of sick children from their parents and the killing of pet owners with a coronavirus. The most acute situation has been created by the provision of food to the inhabitants.

The EKD has prepared a translation of an article by blogger Stormzhang about the half-dead life in Shanghai. It was released on April 8 and garnered millions of views. It was blocked the same day.

China celebrates Soul Day

This is a holiday in China. In Chinese, it is called Qingming (清明节 Qīngmíngjié), which translates to “Festival of Pure Light”. This year the weekend fell April 3-5. In Kingming, it is customary to clean the graves of their relatives and burn ritual money.

The previous day, China celebrated the Cold Food Festival (寒食 节), traditionally before Kingming. On the day of cold food, the Chinese traditionally refuse to cook food on the fire. Cold food symbolizes the extinguishing of the fire. Qingming’s next vacation, on the other hand, is on fire. Thus, the connection of the two festivals symbolizes the revival of Chinese culture.

The founder of the e-commerce giant JD.com resigns as CEO

Richard Liu Qiangdong has announced his resignation as CEO of JD. He said he would remain chairman of the company. Liu said he would devote more time to JD’s long-term development strategies. Lei Xu, the former president of the company, has been appointed as the new CEO. Liu Qiangdong has resigned amid a string of billionaire CEO’s resignations from Chinese tech companies. Earlier, ByteDance founder Zhang Yiming, Kuaishou Su Hua co-founder and several other Chinese businessmen announced their departure.

The film premieres in China. What did the Chinese see in March?

We are compiling a list of movies that hit the big screens in China last month. We also note their rating in China and point out particularly interesting paintings. This article contains 18 movies that were released in theaters in March 2022.

China has opposed the expulsion of Russia from the UN Human Rights Council

China called the decision an act of “politicization” of the human rights issue. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the development of the draft resolution was not “open and transparent”. According to him, this step will lead to the worsening of the Ukrainian crisis. Zao also added that the exclusion of a sovereign state from the UN body sets a dangerous precedent and worsens relations between Member States.

Earlier, two-thirds of the UN General Assembly voted in favor of ousting Russia. 93 countries voted in favor, 58 abstained and 24 states, including China, opposed.

A Chinese scientist convicted of genetic experiments has been released

This was reported in the MIT Technology Review. In November 2018, at a conference in Hong Kong, he announced that he had created two genetically modified twin girls, Lulu and Nana. The third child was born the following year. Gene modification in children, according to He, should protect them from HIV infection.

He Jiankui, experiment, genetic engineering
He Jiankui in 2018. Photo: SCMP

He Jiankui was sentenced in 2019 for experiments on a human fetus. He was sentenced to three years in prison and fined 3 million yuan ($ 470,000) for “illegal medical practices”.

The ground checkpoints on the Russian-Chinese border will only operate for cargo traffic

This was reported by the Consulate General of Russia in Harbin. The Consulate General also clarified that the resumption of passenger traffic requires the lifting of anti-epidemic restrictions adopted in both countries. Earlier, the operational headquarters for the fight against coronavirus infection announced the opening of the land border with China on April 9.

Taliban diplomats accredited in China

On April 4, the Afghan news agency Khaama Press reported that Chinese authorities had agreed to accept the diplomas of diplomats sent by representatives of the Taliban movement (a terrorist organization banned in Russia). Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaki told reporters that Afghanistan was grateful to China for its humanitarian aid and permission to import Afghan crops and products into the country. He assured that the period of instability in Afghanistan is over. The country can now become a link between Central and South Asia. Earlier, the first Taliban diplomat was accredited to Russia.

The head of the Hong Kong administration may be elected on a non-alternative basis

The upcoming May 8th election for a new chief of staff can only be held with one candidate. Leading political circles in Beijing said it would be 64-year-old John Li Kachiu (. 超). John Lee is the Executive Secretary of the Hong Kong SAR and is the second in government. John Lee is expected to resign on April 6 to claim Hong Kong’s top spot. Sources also said that other candidates are unlikely to compete with him.

John Lee and Carrie Lam in 2017. Photo: SCMP

Earlier, Hong Kong leader Kari Lam announced that she would not run for a second term. On April 6, he said he had not received any resignations from officials so far. Hong Kong is part of the People’s Republic of China as a Special Administrative Region. According to the “one country, two systems” principle, special rights and democratic freedoms are guaranteed in Hong Kong, including freedom of assembly, freedom of the press and independent justice.

Forbes publishes list of richest Chinese billionaires in 2022

The five most successful entrepreneurs were Zhong Shanshan, Zhang Yiming, Ma Huateng aka Pony Ma, He Xiangjian and William Lei Ding. The total wealth of the top 5 richest Chinese was over $ 200 billion. Entrepreneurs have companies in the fields of beverages and medicines, Internet media, home appliances and online games. Well-known Chinese businessman Jack Ma took ninth place in the ranking. The total number of billionaires in China fell from 626 in 2021 to 539 this year. Their combined wealth fell from $ 2.5 trillion to $ 1.96 trillion.

The top 10 Chinese entrepreneurs with their brief features are gathered on this page.

Taiwanese pop singer stole $ 540,000 worth of NFT

According to Taiwanese singer Jay Chou on social media, he was robbed of his NFT Mutant Ape Yacht Club # 8662, as well as other brands totaling $ 540,000.

Jay Chou, NFT, Bored Ape
Image: DramaPanda, Chase She

On April 1, a Discord server dedicated to the owners of the NFT Bored Ape Yacht Club, Mutant Ape Yacht Club and Mutant Ape Kennel Club, the three core collections of Yuga Labs, was breached. It was later revealed that the hack could have been done using the Ticket Tool, a Discord bot that automatically generates support tickets.

An NFT, or Non-Fungable Token, is a unit of account that creates a digital representation of any unique item. These may include paintings, photographs, videos, music, cartoons – any content that claims to be unique.

Week number: 6,000,000,000

How many discarded mobile phones will be in China by 2025. According to a report by state media CCTV, by the end of 2021, the Chinese owned 1.8 billion mobile phones. Less than 2% of smartphones are properly recycled in China. Phones are usually thrown away or kept at home.

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