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2019-11-11 09:17:45

A hospital in Daqing, a city in northeastern China’s Heilongjiang province, has been accused of contributing to a pregnant woman’s death after refusing to admit her due to lack of space. The local health commission announced the results of its preliminary investigation Sunday, suspending relevant medical staff, The Beijing News reported.

The deceased woman’s husband, surnamed Yan, wrote Wednesday in a since-deleted post on microblogging platform Weibo that the obstetrics department at Daqing Oilfield General Hospital refused to admit his wife — a pregnant 39-year-old surnamed Liu — because no beds were available. Although the hospital later admitted Liu, she died Tuesday, six days after giving birth. Yan has accused the hospital of neglect and misconduct leading to his wife’s death and demanded that local authorities investigate the case.

Daqing’s health and family planning commission announced the results of its preliminary investigation Sunday, determining that the couple were directed to another hospital some 20 minutes’ drive away but instead went home. Daqing Oilfield General Hospital later called Liu and Yan after a bed became available, the investigation said, adding that the patient was attentively cared for once she had checked in.

The medical staff involved — the commission did not say how many — have been suspended while the investigation awaits Liu’s autopsy, according to the report. The infant is alive and under close watch at the hospital. (Image: VCG)

17 hours

Authorities in central China’s Hunan province have detained a middle school teacher following allegations of child sex abuse, domestic outlet Red Star News reported Tuesday.

The public security bureau in Qidong County detained the teacher, surnamed Xiao, on Nov. 19 for allegedly molesting one of his eighth-grade students at Qidong Chengzhang School, according to the media report. Police believe the incident occurred in the teacher’s car on Nov. 14 as he was driving the student to search for one of her classmates. When the girl resisted, the teacher gave her snacks and money to “comfort her,” police said.

Qidong Chengzhang School told Red Star News it has dismissed the teacher.

A number of child sex abuse cases have raised concerns among the Chinese public in recent years, prompting authorities to introduce new guidelines for stricter punishments in cases involving the physical or sexual abuse of minors. Earlier this month, police in Hunan said they had arrested four people for allegedly raping an 11-year-old girl at a karaoke club. (Image: From the school's webiste)

18 hours

A Chinese comedian’s vulgar jokes about a renowned Peking opera performer have sparked outrage from a Beijing-based fine arts academy.

The Peking Opera Chengpai National Academy of Arts on Tuesday condemned comedian Zhang Yunlei for “using hooligan language that crosses a moral bottom line.”

The controversy started with a video posted Saturday on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like microblogging platform. Zhang is seen poking fun at Zhang Huoding — a famous Peking opera star who in 2015 performed at the Lincoln Center in New York — by joking that he is so familiar with her that they “go bathing” together, among other intimate activities.

“We would love to advise Zhang: Please keep a safe distance from the art of Chengpai,” the academy said, referring to one tradition of Peking opera. The statement further called on Zhang to publicly apologize.

As a member of the popular De Yun She crosstalk group — a uniquely Chinese form of stage comedy usually involving two performers trading barbs — Zhang also sparked backlash earlier this year by joking about the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, which left over 80,000 people in Southwest China dead or missing. Though Zhang later apologized for the remarks, a popular variety show allegedly replaced a segment in which he appeared with an innocuous cartoon. (Image: VCG)

2 days

A university in southwestern China hopes to become a driving force behind homegrown science fiction, reported state news agency Xinhua.

Inaugurated Sunday, the China Science Fiction Research Academy at Sichuan University is a collaboration between the school’s College of Literature and Journalism and the Sichuan Association for Science and Technology. It will focus on conducting research into science fiction works of both domestic and foreign origins. According to the college’s dean, Li Yi, the program will train a group of young researchers to develop “a sci-fi theoretical system with Chinese characteristics” to support the genre’s domestic growth.

The academy will also partner with the Chinese magazine Science Fiction World to publish the China Science Fiction Review — the country’s first academic journal catering to the genre — beginning early next year. This announcement came during the 5th China (Chengdu) International Science Fiction Conference, which conduced Sunday.

China’s sci-fi industry has attracted significant interest and growth, generating 45.6 billion yuan ($6.5 billion) in 2018, a threefold increase from 2017, according to a new report released at the conference. In recent years, rising stars like Hugo Award-winning author Liu Cixin and blockbuster movies like “The Wandering Earth” have set lofty benchmarks for Chinese science fiction — though some argue that the genre is still a long way from living long and prospering. (Images: VCG and IC)

5 days

Wang Sicong, the son of China’s once-richest man, has been slammed with more spending bans, further cramping his characteristically flamboyant style.

At a press conference Friday, Beijing Second Intermediate People’s Court said it had seized assets registered in Wang’s name — including real estate, vehicles, and bank accounts — determining that he had defaulted on loans worth 150 million yuan ($21.3 million). And in a statement Thursday, Shanghai Jing’an People’s Court banned Wang from purchasing first-class tickets on planes, trains, and ferries; booking stays at luxury hotels; and acquiring new real estate.

Earlier this month, a court in Shanghai’s Jiading District also issued a consumption ban on Wang after he neglected to pay over 3 million yuan in compensation to an employee who had sued his company over contractual disputes. The court imposed the ban after Wang failed to comply with a previous legal decision, but that prohibition was reportedly overturned earlier this week. (Image: VCG)

5 days

Malaysian authorities on Wednesday raided a financial fraud ring run by hundreds of Chinese nationals in Cyberjaya, a tech hub about a 40-minute drive south of Kuala Lumpur.

Following public complaints and months of extensive surveillance of a supposed call center in a six-story building, Malaysian authorities conducted what they’re describing as the largest raid of a Chinese scam syndicate to date. According to a post Thursday on a Facebook page called Malaysia Immigration News Update, the 150 immigration officials who raided the premises apprehended 680 Chinese nationals who failed to show proof of legal residency.

Circulated videos of the raid show dozens of people fleeing the buildings — and some even jumping out of windows — with immigration officers in hot pursuit. In a statement Thursday, Khairul Dzaimee Daud, director-general of Malaysia’s Immigration Department, estimated that “100 people have escaped the country.”

The investment scam syndicate is believed to have been operating for six months out of the Cyberjaya building, which was reportedly protected by guards stationed on each floor. Khairul said the scam offered “high and quick profits” to unsuspecting victims. “The operators sent a code to customers of a Mandarin-language website,” he said. “All transactions were done through WeChat Pay or banks in China.” (GIF: Facebook)

5 days

Two of China’s biggest telecom providers — China Unicom and China Telecom — have started researching high-frequency waves crucial for developing 6G technology, Beijing Daily reported Thursday.

The announcement comes three weeks after China officially rolled out its commercial 5G services. Earlier this month, the country’s science and technology ministry also announced that it had formed two teams to oversee research on 6G, while Canadian media reported in August that Chinese telecom giant Huawei is working on developing 6G in its lab in Ottawa, Ontario.

Compared with current 5G networks, 6G will increase its download speeds to between 100Gbps and 1Tbps — almost 10 to 100 times faster than 5G — by increasing antennas and bandwidth. However, it’s still unclear how 6G technology will specifically be deployed and how it would change people’s lives.

“The commercial use of 5G has just started, and the world will probably have to wait 10 years until 6G gets a commercial rollout,” Xiang Jiying, chief scientist at telecom company ZTE, said Wednesday at an ongoing 5G conference in Beijing. “The current 6G exploration is still focused mostly on application demands and core technological requirements. Most of the discussions are still on a macro level and have yet to be specified.” (Image: Sixth Tone)

5 days

A local market supervision bureau in northwestern China’s Shaanxi province is investigating a company that claimed to cure diseases through a traditional fasting technique, Beijing Youth Daily reported Thursday.

The bureau began scrutinizing Xi’an Hefeng Bigu Traditional Culture Communication Co. Ltd. on Wednesday following backlash sparked by the company offering classes on how to use a traditional fasting technique, bigu, to lose weight. Xi’an Hefeng Bigu claimed the fasting could cure diseases like cancer, aplastic anemia, and diabetes.

Earlier this week, people raised doubts over the controversial treatment after the company’s name appeared on a list of entities to be awarded local government subsidies for innovation and entrepreneurship, according to the media report.

The company has since suspended its operations, The Beijing News reported.

Bigu is a centuries-old tradition with roots in Taoism that includes fasting to cleanse the body of harmful toxins and heighten spiritual awareness — though many medical experts doubt its effectiveness. In 2017, a man in the southwestern city of Chengdu fainted while driving after fasting for five days, and in 2016, a 57-year-old woman with high blood sugar in central China died a day after beginning bigu as part of a treatment course. (Image: VCG)

5 days

Police in the southern Guangdong province have arrested a 54-year-old man on suspicion of raping a 12-year-old girl with a developmental disability who had her second abortion this year after repeated sexual assaults.

According to an official statement Thursday, the man, surnamed Xie, has admitted to assaulting the girl, surnamed Liu. The man’s DNA also matched with the second aborted fetus, Sixth Tone’s sister publication The Paper reported.

Authorities confirmed to The Paper that police are continuing to investigate the multiple sexual assaults, one of which led to Liu’s first pregnancy in March. On Tuesday, Liu moved into a welfare center in the city of Maoming, where she will stay until construction on her family’s new home — provided through a government welfare initiative — is completed.

Another rape case involving an underage victim in China also made headlines this week. On Wednesday, police in the central Hunan province arrested six people over alleged multiple rapes of an 11-year-old girl at a karaoke club after her father’s public letters drew attention to the case on microblogging platform Weibo. (Image: VCG)

6 days

On a red-eye flight Tuesday from Guangzhou to New York, a doctor came to the aid of an elderly Chinese man who was unable to relieve himself and at risk of a ruptured bladder, reported Sixth Tone’s sister publication The Paper.

Six hours before the plane was due to land, Zhang Hong and Xiao Zhanxiang, both vascular surgeons at hospitals in China, had to think on their feet when a fellow passenger found himself unable to empty his very full bladder. Zhang and Xiao determined that the man was holding in about 1 liter of urine — more than twice the normal daytime capacity — that needed to be drained immediately.

Though the doctors only had access to a first-aid kit, they were able to fashion a makeshift catheter using straws and a tube from an oxygen mask. However, the difference in air pressure prevented the urine from flowing out freely. So Zhang took matters into his own mouth, sucking on the open end of the tube until over half a liter of urine was extracted.

“Actually, I felt like vomiting when I took the second mouthful, because it indeed smelled bad. At the same time, I was afraid of contracting diseases,” Zhang told The Paper in a separate interview, adding: “I don’t regret it one bit.” (Image: China Southern Airlines)

6 days

Police in southern China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region have busted a drug ring operating across three cities that was allegedly run by a partially paralyzed woman, The Beijing News reported Wednesday.

The suspect, surnamed Wen, was apprehended Nov. 4 at her seven-story home — which also served as a shipment hub — after police from Xixiangtang District in Nanning, the region’s capital, tracked her down through a series of arrests made since March. According to The Beijing News, Wen has a 20-year history of drug use and is paralyzed from the waist down — so she would enlist fellow users to work for her and in exchange continue to feed their habits. Police have detained 11 suspects in connection with the case and seized over 2 kilograms of crystal meth, the report said.

Under Chinese law, drug trafficking is punishable by life in prison or even death. In June of last year, a livestreamer in the eastern Shandong province was accused of running a drug-trafficking operation from his channel on an unnamed video-hosting platform. (Image: @广西政法 on Weibo)

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