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2018-04-11 11:48:38

From April 17, Taobao will no longer allow blockchain-based products and related services to be sold on its platform, The Paper reported Wednesday. The announcement comes amid China’s tightening regulations on the burgeoning industry.

In addition to already-prohibited cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, other items that use blockchain technology, such as collectible cryptopets, will now also be banned, as will guides and software about acquiring cryptocoins, and related marketing and business-planning services.

“Digital currencies are highly vulnerable to user speculation and illegal financing,” Taobao said in its announcement. Initial coin offerings and currency-to-cryptocurrency trading have been illegal in China since September of last year — though some have attempted to skirt the ban.

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Three teenagers in Guangxi managed to con parents into giving them tens of thousands of yuan by posing as their children’s schoolteachers in WeChat groups, Quanjiang Evening News reported Thursday.

In November of last year, parents in several provinces began receiving text messages purporting to be from the “head teacher” at their child’s school, asking them to pay a “class fee.” The fake WeChat accounts had the same usernames and profile pictures as the real teachers they were trying to impersonate. The three teenage suspects were arrested on Saturday.

According to police in Zhejiang province, where many of the scam victims live, the suspects had joined 136 WeChat groups for parents using information they stole from the WeChat promotion company they worked for. Though the total amount the teens were able to scam has not been disclosed, they reportedly pocketed over 30,000 yuan ($4,400) from parents in the city of Taizhou alone. (Image: VCG)

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Traffic police in the eastern Chinese city of Wenzhou can now fine pedestrians who are engrossed in their phones while crossing the road, The Paper reported Wednesday.

On Monday, a pedestrian surnamed Hu became the first person to be fined under the city’s new Regulation on the Promotion of Better Behavior, effective from Jan. 1. The amount: 10 yuan, or around $1.50. “Looking at your phone at a pedestrian crossing is dangerous since you might not be aware of cars,” a traffic police officer told local media. “Our aim is not to punish, but rather to raise awareness and ensure pedestrians’ safety.”

Chinese cities have gone to great and often creative lengths to control pedestrians’ behavior at crosswalks, including setting up facial-recognition cameras, making violators post self-criticisms on WeChat, spraying jaywalkers with jets of water, and even enlisting dancing grannies as crossing guards. (Image: VCG)

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Authorities in Chenzhou, Hunan province, have removed an educator from his role as head teacher after determining that he misused money from a student fund, the local government announced Tuesday.

The teacher, surnamed He, was stripped of his title at a Chenzhou high school for using parents’ donations — intended to be put toward classroom materials and extracurricular activities — to buy gifts for himself and five of his colleagues as a show of students’ gratitude. According to chat screenshots posted on Weibo, nearly 6,500 yuan ($960) from the fund went toward gifts for He and the other teachers, including cash in the form of digital red envelopes. The local education bureau has ordered the teachers to return the money and the cash equivalents of their gifts.

In November of last year, another school in Hunan fired its principal after he was caught using computers to mine cryptocurrency around the clock, costing the school 17,000 yuan in electricity bills. (Image: VCG)

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Enshi, a city in central China’s Hubei province, is sick of its road safety problem.

Last February, it rolled out “precautionary” house calls by local traffic police to drivers of heavy vehicles and people who have previously broken driving laws. Now, the city known for winding mountain roads says it will start treating fatal traffic incidents as homicide cases, local newspaper Chutian Metropolis Daily reported Tuesday. If someone is killed in a traffic incident in Enshi, the director of the city’s public security bureau, along with leaders from the transport bureau, will be required to attend the scene.

In 2017, China’s annual death toll from road accidents ranked second-highest in the world, according to state news agency Xinhua. (Image: VCG)

Republished with permission from Caixin Global.

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A watered-down sequel to “Deadpool” — the 2016 Marvel film about a crude, sword-slinging antihero of the same name — will soon premiere in China, according to a Monday announcement from the film’s distributor, Twentieth Century Fox.

A trailer for “Deadpool: I Love My Family” features Ryan Reynolds’ black-and-red character — whom Chinese fans call “Jian Jian,” meaning “bitchy,” for his irreverent and snarky humor — saying, “Yes, I know it’s taken a while, but I’m finally coming to China!” The post that includes the trailer also gives Jan. 25 as the date of the China premiere.

The R-rated “Deadpool” franchise has not made it to theaters on the Chinese mainland. South Korea held the worldwide premiere of “Deadpool 2” eight months ago, and a PG-13 version of that film — titled “Once Upon a Deadpool” and believed to be the same as or similar to the Chinese release — was screened for U.S. audiences in December.

The China Film Bureau rigorously screens foreign movies for objectionable content, approving only a few dozen for release each year. With a strict content-policing mechanism already in place, the country has yet to introduce its own film rating system. (Image: @电影X战警 on Weibo)

2019-01-04 09:46:47

A university in Hubei province canceled a graduate’s degree after learning that he had falsified part of his application, The Paper reported Thursday.

In late December, Wuhan University posted a memo online saying that the diploma of 2017 graduate Zhu Yi had been revoked after Hubei’s sports administration notified the school of an inconsistency on his application. Zhu had claimed to hold the prestigious title of national-level athlete; however, the administration later realized that because Zhu had not shown up to play in the national badminton championship in May 2012, he was ineligible for the accolade.

Zhu had used his ill-gotten athletic fame to gain admission to Wuhan University as a high-level athlete, which allowed him to score lower on his entrance exams. He enrolled in the school’s media and communications department in 2013 and graduated with an advertising degree in 2017. (Image: VCG)

2019-01-04 08:18:14

A court in Shandong province ruled on Wednesday that a resident who had been given a paltry reward from local authorities after reporting a food safety violation is entitled to 10,000 times more than he received.

An intermediate people’s court in the provincial capital of Jinan said that the whistleblower, surnamed Jia, should receive 2,000 yuan ($290) for exposing a supermarket selling expired bread in March 2017. Shandong’s food and drug administration had slapped the store with a 50,000 yuan fine but given Jia a cash reward of just 0.2 yuan, or about 3 cents. In November the same year, Jia sued the administration for a bigger payout.

Food safety has become a top priority for local governments following several high-profile blows to consumer confidence. In April 2014, Beijing set a maximum reward of 300,000 yuan for reporting “illegal food and drugs,” while Shanghai paid out a total of 2.4 million yuan to food and safety whistleblowers between January 2012 and March 2016 — the most recent data available. (Image: VCG)

2019-01-04 08:17:29

China’s top prosecution body plans to launch a dedicated unit to study, investigate, and prosecute cases involving underage offenders and victims following a series of violent incidents, according to an announcement on Thursday.

The Supreme People’s Procuratorate, which will oversee the unit, “must actively explore the characteristics and patterns of such crimes to set up a judicial scheme suitable for minors,” said Deputy Procurator General Tong Jianming. Under China’s current juvenile delinquency law, offenders under the age of 14 are exempt from punishment. “Minors have been committing crimes at a younger age — they’re behaving more like adults and their actions are becoming increasingly violent,” Tong said during a press conference.

On Thursday, a 13-year-old was arrested in Yunnan province for allegedly killing both of his parents, and a 12-year-old killed his mother in Hunan province last month. (Image: Supreme People’s Procuratorate)

2019-01-03 14:31:15

For the first time ever, a major Chinese city has banned the use of e-cigarettes in public spaces.

A spokesperson from the Center for Disease Control in Hangzhou told The Beijing News on Wednesday that from Jan. 1, the city’s public smoking ban had been expanded to include e-cigarettes because they “cause harm to people’s health” — a claim that’s still being debated by experts.

Though Hangzhou is the first city in China to institute a vaping ban, Zhang Jianshu, chairman of the Beijing Tobacco Control Association, says other cities should consider following suit. In June 2015, Beijing became the first city in China to implement a smoking ban in indoor public spaces, and Shanghai passed a similar regulation the following year — though residents were skeptical about how strictly such bans would be enforced.

According to Caixin, China produces over 90 percent of the world’s e-cigarettes. While most of the products are exported overseas, the report said that domestic use is rising. (Image: VCG)

2019-01-03 09:32:32

A Nanjing University professor found guilty of plagiarism last month has now been stripped of one of the country’s highest tertiary-level honors, The Paper reported Sunday.

China’s Ministry of Education told The Paper that Liang Ying has been expelled from the prestigious Changjiang Scholars Program, following the sociology professor's dismissal from her teaching post for plagiarizing academic articles. In September of last year, the education ministry had announced that recipients could have their titles revoked for plagiarism or for violating teaching or research ethics.

In recent months, another Nanjing University professor was also removed from the program, while a Sun Yat-sen University professor had his application for the award canceled. Both instances were due to sexual harassment complaints. (Image: @央视新闻 on Weibo)