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Race Against Time: Terminal Patient Stays Alive for Wife’s Residence Permit

Trending on Sina Weibo today is the story of a 39-year-old terminal cancer patient in Shenzhen, who is struggling to stay alive long enough for his wife to obtain a permanent residence permit. Only when he continues to live another year, she can continue to live in Shenzhen together with their son.

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Trending on Sina Weibo today is the story of a 39-year-old terminal cancer patient in Shenzhen, who is struggling to stay alive long enough for his wife to obtain a permanent residence permit. Only when he continues to live another year, she can continue to live in Shenzhen together with their son.

 

He has had 11 chemo treatments, has gone through radiotherapy 40 times, takes a high dosage of morphine, and suffers every day because of the side effects and the pain of cancer. Although he says that “dying would be a relief”, Wu cannot give up yet; if he dies, his wife and son cannot continue to live in Shenzhen. Due to a change in the local residence policies of the city, it takes three years before Wu’s wife Ding Weiqing can get a permanent residence permit. This means Wu will have to stay alive until June 2016.

Wu Shuliang became a local celebrity in Shenzhen after his little son wrote an essay in 2013 titled “My Dream”. It said: “I would give anything in the world if my dad could live.” The 39-year-old Wu Shuliang then gained over 10,000 followers on his Weibo account, where he shares his experiences as a patient in the late stages of lung cancer.

 

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Born and raised in Henan, Wu came to live and work in the bustling city of Shenzhen in 2003. He became a security guard, and was able to apply for permanent residence when he got promoted at work in 2012. In June 2013, he received an official permit as a Shenzhen resident, together with his underage son Wu Tong – now eight years old. According to policy, his wife could then also apply for residence, but would have to wait two more years to obtain the permit. Later in 2013, Wu was diagnosed with lung cancer. While the cancer became terminal and Wu’s health was rapidly declining, the local government of Shenzhen changed the policies for official residence registration – the process would now take three years instead of two. As a consequence, Wu, as the Shenzhen registered husband of Ding Weiqing, will have to stay alive until June 2016 in order for his wife to receive an official residence permit.

In China, a large-scale migration from the country’s rural areas into its urban centers has been going on for years. China’s so-called ‘hukou system’ (‘hukou‘ meaning household registration) dates back to the 1950s. It is a registered permanent residence policy that prevents rural citizens from flooding the cities. The hukou system registers every household, and is tied to local health care, public education and welfare. Those without a household registration are known as China’s “floating population”. They are mostly rural-to-urban migrants who are illegals within their cities, and thus have no access to benefits or local privileges.

 

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The cancer has caused his ribs to break, the treatments have cost him all his money, and he has lived ten times longer than his doctors originally predicted. “I don’t even dare to dream of being cured,” Wu tells reporters: “I only hope for a bit more time.” Wu is working hard to stay alive: “If I die, what would my wife as an illegal alien do in Shenzhen, together with an 8-year-old kid? How could they survive?” In spite of his illness, he continues to work and make money. Although the local community has raised a lot of money to help pay for his treatments, Wu needs more to keep the household going. If he dies before June 2016, his hard work is “all in vain”, he says. He can only hope that he has more time left on this earth: “I just hope to stay alive until next year June. When my wife is registered as a legal resident, I can die in peace.”

 

– by Manya Koetse

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World’s Largest Terminal: Spectacular Photos of Beijing’s New Airport

The city’s new international airport will be the biggest one in the world.

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Its opening is more than a year from now, but Beijing’s new international airport is already a spectacular sight.

Beijing’s new airport, that is expected to open in fall of 2019, is attracting some attention on Chinese social media lately as construction work on the major airport is speeding up.

A 7,200 tons and 404.5-meter-long roof was placed on the airport’s no.1 hangar earlier this week.

The airport is located in southern Beijing in Daxing (大兴区), and is expected to welcome some 72 million travelers per year in the future. The terminal area will cover some 700,000 square meter.

Photo of the upcoming airport posted on Weibo by @永定河孔雀城

According to Sina News, at most 8000 builders are working on the construction site at the same time.

The terminal building was designed by ADPI in collaboration with, amongst other consultants, Zaha Hadid Architects, who are known for their futuristic structures.

The airport is also called the “alien base” (外星人基地) by some netizens due to its extraordinary size and design.

Dozens of photos of the airport construction site are circulating on Weibo.

Photographer Chou Gui (@chougui17) posted a collection of various photos of the upcoming airport on their Weibo account.

Chinese state media propagate Beijing’s Daxing International Airport as being “100% China-made.” Located in the Daxing district of southern Beijing, it will become an important part of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei city cluster.

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Chongqing Man Throws Golden Retriever and Cat from 21st Floor

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A brutal case of pet killing has shocked Chinese social media users this week. On September 6, a man from the Shapingba district of Chongqing threw his golden retriever and a pregnant cat from the 21st floor of an apartment building. Both animals died.

Various Chinese media report that the man supposedly committed the cruel act after learning his wife was pregnant and not wanting her to keep pets in the house while expecting. After an argument with his wife, he allegedly threw the pets out of the window.

Shocked neighbors told reporters that the incident occurred around five o’clock on Thursday, when they heard a loud thump and found the animals on the pavement.

Some neighbours recognized the animals, as their own dog would play with the golden retriever. They called the pet owner, who said he no longer wanted anything to do with the dog and the cat. The neighbors, some crying, later gave the dog and cat a respectful burial.

On Weibo, the hashtag “Man Throws Dog and Cat from 21st Floor” (#男子21楼扔下一猫一狗#) was viewed almost three million times.

Animal cruelty often becomes a topic of debate on Weibo. One of the biggest social media trending cases of animal abuse of the past years is that of the dog Lion, who went missing in December of 2017 and was found by a woman named He Hengli who then blackmailed the dog’s owner over its release.

When the ‘hostage negotiations’ reached a deadlock, the dog’s owner finally went to He’s apartment to fetch her dog together with police offers and reporters. While they knocked the door, Lion was thrown to his death from He’s sixth story apartment.

The story of ‘Lion,’ who was killed by the person who held him ‘hostage’, went viral on Weibo in January 2018.

As in many cases in which animal cruelty has been exposed on social media, Lion’s killer became a target of the so-called ‘human flesh search engine,’ with people leaking her personal information online and threatening her at her workplace and home.

Such cases have previously even led to mob justice, with people dragging abusers out of their homes and beating them.

People often resort to this kind of ‘jungle justice’ because China currently has no laws preventing animal abuse. The voices calling for legal protection of animals in China have gotten louder over the past years.

“I just cannot understand these kinds of people’s way of thinking,” one commenter said: “They now throw a dog, what will they throw next time?”

“[If you no longer want your pets], you could just give them away, instead of cruelly throwing them to their death. Also – if someone would’ve walked there, they might have died, too,” others wrote.

Some write: “If someone mistreats an animal it’s a clear sign they’re abnormal maniacs,” with many others worrying about the future child of the pet killer: “He’s surely not fit to be a father.”

By Manya Koetse

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