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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.

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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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