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2018-08-09 09:17:31

If Tesla CEO Elon Musk does indeed take his company private, Tencent could be one of the biggest beneficiaries.

The tech exec on Wednesday tweeted his intention to buy back Tesla stock at $420 per share. In a press release sent to Sixth Tone and signed by Musk, the CEO said the move would protect the company from speculators and short-sellers. His current shareholders, he added, would have the option of keeping their stock or accepting his buyback offer.

In March 2017, Tencent bought 5 percent of Tesla for $1.8 billion. If a buyback offer is made and Tencent accepts, the Chinese tech giant would nearly double its $217 per share investment of over a year ago. Tencent had not responded to Sixth Tone’s interview request by time of publication. (Image: LightRocket/VCG)

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Couples registering their marriage in Fuxing, a district of the northern city Handan, receive a booklet titled “A Harmonious Family Brings Prosperity” that the civil affairs bureau says promotes “traditional values,” Beijing Time reported Thursday.

A woman had shared screenshots of the booklet on Weibo because she was shocked by the section “How to be a good girl.” It tells women to “do more work and spend less money” and respect themselves by dressing conservatively. “Nowadays many girls wear very little on the street,” the booklet warns, “which will trigger boys’ evil thoughts.” It also says the mother’s personality is to blame when children are born with birth defects.

Last year, Shanghai gave out traffic handbooks that told women to avoid strong perfumes, high heels, and long haircuts. (Image: VCG)

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Several high-ranking officials responsible for ensuring food and drug safety standards have either been fired or disciplined following a vaccine scandal last month, Xinhua News Agency reported Thursday.

The deputy governor of Jilin province and mayor of Changchun were among the public officials removed from their positions, according to an announcement made at a Party conference Thursday. Jilin province has been at the center of the scandal.

On Wednesday, an investigation by the State Council revealed that Jilin-based Changchun Changsheng Life Sciences Ltd. was responsible for producing nearly half a million faulty DTP vaccines, which triggered a public outcry last month. Changchun police have also applied for permission to arrest 18 suspects in connection with the scandal, including the company’s president. (Image: VCG)

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In response to a public outcry over a county in Hunan passing a teaching candidate who scored just 9 points on a qualifying exam, a local education office said Tuesday that a lack of teachers had left it with little choice.

Xinhua County is known for its school and teacher shortages: 37 percent of its classrooms have over 56 students, despite official caps at 45 and 50 students for primary and secondary schools, respectively. The county aims to hire 238 teachers this year, and to eliminate “supersized classes” of over 56 students by 2020.

In recent years, Beijing and Shanghai have closed schools for migrant children, forcing them to return to their hometowns. But the countryside, too, is seeing school closures, as more parents send their kids to county seats for better opportunities. (Image: VCG)

3 days

When a model in Jiangsu province agreed to take part in the filming of a sexual harassment prevention video, the last thing she expected was to be harassed herself.

Local media reported Wednesday that the model, surnamed Zhang, answered a job posting from a self-described “female photographer” in early August. But the photographer, surnamed Zhu, turned out to be an unemployed man. Before filming, he messaged Zhang to say she would only need to sit on a bus and play on her phone, and that a male model would approach her as the harasser. The male model — played by Zhu himself — then attempted to rub his genitals against Zhang.

When Zhang later contacted Zhu for payment, he refused on the grounds that the filming “wasn’t good enough.” She reported the incident to police, who detained Zhu on Monday. (Image: VCG)

4 days

An abbot accused of sexually assualting female monks at a Beijing monastery earlier this month has resigned from his post as head of the Buddhist Association of China.

The association announced the resignation of Shi Xuecheng during its council meeting Wednesday without specifying the reason for his dismissal. In a 95-page leaked document addressed to Buddhist leaders and Chinese authorities, two supervisory chancellors at Beijing’s Longquan Monastery had accused Shi of raping at least two female monks and sending inappropriate text messages.

In its meeting, the Buddhist Association of China also called for reforms targeting the religion’s commercialization. Last year, 12 government departments issued a joint declaration banning commercial activities in the name of religion. (Image: CNS/VCG)

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Authorities in southern China have suspended the licenses of two steel companies for dumping oil in a local stream, triggering a massive fire Saturday.

Chaozhou Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau said Tuesday that the fire in Caitang — known as China’s home of stainless steel — was caused by the illegal discharge of waste oil into the streams. No casualties were reported during the blaze.

The weekend fire comes only a month after the central government’s environmental protection inspection team concluded that Caitang suffers from water pollution issues and that several stainless-steel manufacturers are operating without following proper environmental protection measures. In June, the provincial government also issued draft guidelines calling for stricter policies to curb pollution. (Image: WeChat)

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An Audi vehicle in Shenyang, Liaoning province, was damaged to the tune of 100,000 yuan ($14,500) over the weekend when it was kicked by a donkey being attacked by a French bulldog, Shenyang Evening News reported Monday.

An eyewitness told the paper that a street vendor had been selling fruit from a cart pulled by the donkey when the bulldog attacked, latching onto the donkey’s head and holding on until its owner came after it with a stick. The owner carried the ill-tempered pet away, but by then the damage had been done: During the scuffle, the donkey had kicked a nearby Audi.

The vehicle’s owner told the paper that according to an insurance estimate, repairs would cost around 100,000 yuan. On Monday, Shenyang police said that the dog and vehicle owners had agreed on a settlement. (Image: Weibo user @好司机i)

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Court marshals in Chongqing used an unusual tool to revive an apparently unconscious suspect: their sense of humor.

When the officers confronted the man, surnamed He, for running a factory illegally, he appeared to faint, so they rushed him to the hospital, Xinhua reported Saturday. But the doctor who checked He’s vital signs couldn’t find anything wrong with him. The marshals then hatched a plan — to get their man to laugh himself out of his faux-coma — and it worked like a charm.

He, the owner of a food company, was detained at the hospital on Aug. 8 for continuing to operate his business for years after its property lease had expired. (Image: VCG)

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Human cases of anthrax have been detected in two northern regions of China in the past week.

According to China News Service, Inner Mongolian officials announced Sunday that anthrax — a potentially fatal disease caused by spore-forming bacteria — had infected nine cattle and eight people. The patients are being treated for skin ulcers and are in stable condition. Heilongjiang, meanwhile, saw 14 human infections after an outbreak in livestock resulted in 818 sheep being slaughtered as a precaution. Veterinarians, vaccines, and infectious disease experts were sent to the outbreak area.

Humans can be infected with anthrax from eating or being in close contact with infected livestock. Unseasonably warm weather blanketing parts of northern China may have played a role in the outbreaks. (Image: VCG)

2018-08-10 08:30:17

A Hebei court has overturned its verdict of a life sentence for a man convicted of a double murder in 1999, The Beijing News reported Friday.

The Tangshan Intermediate People’s Court found Liao Haijun guilty of killing two 9-year-old girls when he was 17. In 2003, the court sentenced Liao to life imprisonment despite the defense lawyer’s argument that there was a lack of evidence. Liao’s parents were also given a five-year imprisonment for hiding the crime. Liao was granted a retrial in 2009 and released on bail a year later.

On Thursday, the court declared Liao and his now-deceased parents not guilty for the murder, citing “unclear facts and insufficient evidence.” Between 2013 and 2017, Chinese judges cleared 6,747 cases of wrongful conviction, according to the country’s top court. (Image: VCG)