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‘Super Tractor Kid’ Drives Drunk Dad Home

Trending on Sina Weibo today is the hot topic of a ‘super kid’ who took his drunken father home by driving a tractor. What made the topic especially remarkable: the little driver was only seven years old.

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Trending on Sina Weibo today is the hot topic of a ‘super kid’ who took his drunken father home by driving a tractor (#幼儿拉醉父回家#). What made the topic especially remarkable: the little driver was only seven years old.

The 7-year old boy from Guangxi, southwest China, was captured in photos late at night driving the tractor by himself, wearing slippers, while his seemingly drunk father was sound asleep in the back of the tractor. The person who took the photos said the boy seemed very proficient in driving the vehicle, looking calm and collected, suggesting that it was probably not the first time he did so.

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Netizens on Weibo are praising this boy by jokingly saying he is the “Son of China” (中国 好儿子), but they also express their concerned about the safety of the 7-year-old. Chinese police stated that all parents should take good care of their children, and not allow them to drive any kind of vehicle before the age of 18.

Online commenters also wonder why the boy could go out and drive a tractor in the first place: why could this boy drive the tractor, which had no license plate, for over twenty miles without being halted? And why he was allowed to do so by his parents? And last but not least; why did the event have no consequences for the irresponsible father?

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According to China’s legislation, the driver of any automobile, including a tractor, should be no younger than 18 years old. When underaged people are caught driving, they will be fined RMB 2000, as well as be detained for 15 days. The vehicle will be held by the police until the owner claims it back with legal documents within 3 months.

– by Fan Bai

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Oil Tanker Truck Explosion Sends Shock Waves through Wenling, Zhejiang

A major oil tanker explosion has left over a hundred people injured and at least ten dead in Wenling, Zhejiang.

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On June 13, the explosion of an oil tanker truck has caused chaos in the city of Wenling in China’s Zhejiang province, leaving at least 112 127 people injured and nine 10 people dead.

The explosion took place in the afternoon at approximately 16:40 near the exit of the G15 Shenhai highway, causing a loud bang and wrecking some homes in the vicinity.

The hashtag “Zhejiang Wenling Tanker Wagon Explosion” (#浙江温岭槽罐车爆炸#) and other related hashtags (#浙江温岭一油罐车爆炸#) are attracting millions of views on social media site Weibo on Saturday evening (local time), with Chinese media and netizens sharing the footage of the damage caused by the explosion.

“My god, this is so scary,” a typical comment on Weibo says, with many people expressing their shock over the major incident.

Emergency and rescue workers are currently still at the scene to assist victims and clear away the wreckage caused by the explosion.

On Saturday night around 21:15 local time, Chiense state media outlet CCTV was still broadcasting a live stream through Weibo showing the latest images and footage of the situation and interviewing injured people in the hospital.

Local authorities and Chinese media are warning people not to go near Wenling’s Daxi to keep the roads clear for rescue workers.

Meanwhile, people on Chinese social media are spreading praying emoji’s and candles, expressing their sympathies for the victims of today’s explosion.

By Manya Koetse

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China’s Shulan City in “Wartime Mode” after Recording 13 COVID-19 Infections

Local authorities announced a “wartime mode” lockdown due to 13 new local coronavirus cases in Shulan.

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The city of Shulan in China’s Jilin Province is top trending on Chinese social media today after local authorities announced a “wartime mode” lockdown due to 13 new local coronavirus cases.

These are the first local infections in the entire province after a period of 73 days, China News reports, with other previous cases all being infections from abroad.

Last week, on May 7th, a female resident was the first to be tested positive for COVID-19. The city in northeast China is now the only place in the PRC to be marked as “high risk.”

One page on social media platform Weibo dedicated to the topic of Shulan going into “wartime mode” (“战时状态”) had received over 190 million views by Monday evening local time.

What does this “wartime mode” entail?
– All residents stay home, lockdown of residential compounds
– All public places closed
– Schools closed
– All public transportation suspended
– No more selling of fever-reducing medicine in clinics or stores

According to CGTN, a total of 290 people who have been in close contact with the infected patients have been traced and placed under medical observation.

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By Manya Koetse (@manyapan)
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