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Weibo Netizens Discuss Spooky Kidnapping Case

News of the kidnapping of a 3-year-old girl in Guangdong has become a trending topic on Weibo. A woman dressed in black, posing as a hungry beggar, turned out to be a ruthless child abductor.

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News of the kidnapping of a 3-year-old girl in Guangdong has become a trending topic on Weibo. A woman dressed in black, posing as a hungry beggar, turned out to be a ruthless child abductor.

On the evening of January 14th, a grandfather was taking a walk with his 3-year-old granddaughter in Zhongshan, Guangdong, when they ran into a woman on the streets. The woman, all dressed in black, said she did not have any money and that she was hungry. The grandfather invited the hungry woman back to his house for some food.

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At the house, when the grandfather was not paying attention, the woman suddenly took off and kidnapped the 3-year-old girl.

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Guangdong police started to search for the woman on Thursdaynight. The next day, on the morning of January 15, they found the woman and arrested her. They were able to rescue the 3-year-old.

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The news became trending under the hashtag of ‘First ask for food, then kidnap granddaughter’ (#请吃饭反遭拐走孙女#), and was read over 156,000 times by Friday night.

“People should get the death sentence for child trafficking,” one netizen responds to the news. Another netizen says: “Child traffickers have no sense of shame.”

Child trafficking is a serious problem in China; around 70,000 children are kidnapped and sold on the black market every year. The abduction of children has become a common problem since the 1980s.

China’s one child policy is one reason for China’s child trafficking problem, as it often involves cases where children are sold to families that cannot have a baby of their own. It also involves those cases where people prefer a baby boy, due to traditional dominant beliefs that only boys can support the family. Some children are sold to criminal gangs and are sent to the streets begging for money, often suffering abuse. What worsens the situation is many parents are willing to sell their offspring to make money, or to avoid having to pay a fine for having a (second or third) child.

Besides condemning child traffickers in general, many Weibo netizens also condemn this case because the woman took advantage of the grandfather’s kindness. “If these sort of things continue to happen,” one Weibo user says: “then no one will do a good deed anymore.”

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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By Manya Koetse (@manyapan)
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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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