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1 Dead, 12 Injured in “Violent Incident” at Xidan Joy City Mall

A tragic attack at one of Xidan’s busiest malls has led to the death of one woman. 12 others were injured.

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One woman has died and 12 others are injured after a knife attack in Xidan’s Joy City, one of Beijing’s most popular shopping malls.

In the afternoon of Sunday, February 11, a violent knife attack occurred in the Joy City mall (西单大悦) in the Xidan central shopping district in Beijing.

News of the attack was first officially reported on social media by Pingan Beijing (@平安北京), the official Weibo account of the Beijing public security bureau.

The incident occurred around 13:00, when an armed man reportedly became violent and injured several people with a knife. The stabbing rampage allegedly started in a restaurant within the mall.

Shortly after the attack, Chinese media did not report many details about the incident, but various videos and images shared on social media showed how people were fleeing the scene, and how injured people were being rushed to the hospital.

Around 16:20, Beijing time, Global Times reported on Weibo that one female victim died of her injuries and that a total of 13 people (3 male, 10 female) were injured during the incident.

On Weibo and WeChat, the violent incident is making its rounds as people at the scene share how they heard screams and saw a man with a knife. Thousands of people are responding to news about the incident.

A surveillance video that allegedly shows the man attacking people at a restaurant within the Joy City mall is also making its rounds on various social media sites (see tweet below).

Chinese news sources report that police was quick to arrive at the scene, and that an armed man was arrested at the scene shortly after the incident. The attacker has been identified as Zhu X., a 35-year-old man from Xihua County, Henan Province.

The man’s motives for the attack have not been clarified, although state Chinese media outlets report that the man had stabbed people “out of anger” and “personal grievances.”

Xidan is one of Beijing’s most popular shopping areas. With 13 stories, Joy City (西单大悦城) is the biggest mall in the shopping district. It is also known for having one of the world’s longest escalators.

Violent incidents such as these do not often happen in Beijing. A 2015 Beijing stabbing incident received much media attention when a man with a sword stabbed two people outside Uniqlo in Beijing’s Sanlitun, which is also a popular shopping area.

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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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