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Beer Bottle Bomb: Explosion at Shanghai Pudong Airport

A small explosion at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport on Sunday afternoon left four people injured. The explosion reportedly was caused by a man who threw a beer bottle containing explosive materials, after which he stabbed himself in the neck.

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A small explosion at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport on Sunday afternoon left four people injured. The explosion reportedly was caused by a man who threw a beer bottle containing explosive materials, after which he stabbed himself in the neck.

On Sunday afternoon at 14:20, an explosion at Shanghai’s Pudong International airport (terminal 2) left four people injured, including the man who caused the blast. He is currently in critical condition.

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News of the explosion traveled fast on Chinese social media, where WeChat and Weibo users were quick to share videos and any available information. Shanghai Pudong Airport is China’s second-busiest international airport.

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Shanghai Airport Authority also used social media to inform netizens about the blast immediately after it occured. On their official Weibo account, they stated the explosion was suspected to be caused by a homemade explosive device.

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A surveillance video of the explosion released by CCTV was also shared on Weibo through video platform Miaopai.

As reported by the Straits Time, one passenger told Sina News that she heard a man yelling “No!” and “Ah!” just before the blast took place.

Chinese media later reported that one of the injured sustained a severe neck injury, that was suggested to be self-induced.

At the beginning of the evening, Shanghai Police released a statement on Weibo, saying that the Shanghai Pudong blast was caused by a man carrying a beer bottle containing explosive materials. After the man threw the beer bottle, he reportedly stabbed himself in the neck and fell to the ground.

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Shanghai News also released a picture of the suspect that clearly shows his neck injury.

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According to Weibo users currently at the Shanghai airport, there is no more tumult there and flights have been taking off without delays. According to City Weekend, security at the airport has now been increased, with checks and bag inspection for anyone entering the airport.

On social media, commotion about the blast has not ended yet – the Shanghai explosion was still one of the top trending topics on Sina Weibo by Sunday evening. Many netizens are questioning the effectiveness of Shanghai airport security, and wonder why the man was able to carry explosive materials inside the terminal.

– By Manya Koetse

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Manya Koetse is the editor-in-chief of www.whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer and consultant (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends in China, with a focus on social media and digital developments, popular culture, and gender issues. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

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Children of Hubei Medical Workers to Receive 10 Extra Points on High School Enrolment Examination

Hubei officials announced a controversial measure to reward frontline medical workers.

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Hubei authorities announced new measures on Tuesday to encourage and support the work of Hubei’s front-line medical workers during the coronavirus crisis.

One of these measures, rewarding the children of medical staff an extra ten points in their zhongkao examination, became a somewhat controversial top trending topic on Chinese social media today.

The zhongkao is an important academic examination in China taken during the last year of junior high school, right before entering education institutions at the senior high school level. These enrollment examinations are held annually in June or July, depending on the region.

A good mark on the exam is of crucial importance for many students, as it will give them admission to their preferred senior high school, which then could have more profound effects on their education after high school and their further career.

According to the new policy, children of Hubei’s medical workers would be rewarded with ten extra points on top of their overall score for the exams if they take it. Since the exams are highly competitive, every extra point could mean a world of difference since it will mean leaving hundreds of other students behind you.

On Weibo, one announcement of the new measure published by Chinese news source The Paper received over 938.000 likes and more than 11.000 comments. Many Weibo users do not agree with the policy.

“It should be the medical workers themselves who are rewarded through promotion or a salary increase,” a top comment says: “It shouldn’t be their children who are rewarded.”

Although a majority of commenters say that medical workers should be given special rewards in these times of hardships, most also agree that rewarding their children in their exam results is not the way to go. “This only makes the exam system more unfair,” a recurring comment says.

With 610 million views at the time of writing, the hashtag “The kids of Hubei frontline medical staff will get extra 10 points on zhongkao score” (#湖北一线医务人员子女中考加10分#) is one of the most-dicussed topics on Weibo of the day.

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Sudden Ground Collapse at Metro Station in Xiamen

A sudden collapse occurred near Xiamen’s Lucuo station, just two weeks after a similar incident took place in Guangzhou.

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In the evening of December 12, Xiamen’s Lvcuo (Lǚcuò 吕厝) metro station became a breaking news topic in Chinese media after a ground collapse incident occurred at a nearby intersection, followed by a major flood in the Xiamen subway.

Xiamen, Fujian Province, is one of China’s major coastal cities. According to Xiamen Metro News, the collapse happened at 21:52 local time.

At time of writing, rescue teams are still investigating the scene. It is unclear if people have been trapped or injured due to the collapse.

An apparent dashcam video shared by Sina News and People’s Daily on Weibo shows the moment right before the sudden collapse.

The video captures how the road is relatively busy at the time of collapsing, and at least one car can be seen crashing into the sinkhole.

Other footage shows that the Xiamen metro line is currently flooded (also see video in this tweet).

The scene of the collapse at 0:10 local time.

The metro station where this incident occurred is relatively new. Xiamen’s metro line was first opened in late December 2017.

Just two weeks ago, another major ground collapse accident occurred at the construction site of a metro line in Guangzhou. Three people remain missing after the incident.

On Thursday night local time, the Xiamen metro collapse was the number one trending topic on social media platform Weibo. Many netizens commenting on the incident express worries about the safety of roads and construction sites in China.

Update (Dec 13): According to the latest Chinese media reports, the drivers of two cars who were at the scene at the moment of the ground collapse have both been recused. One female pedestrian who also fell into the sinkhole is receiving medical treatment..

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