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News roundup: A beheading at a noodle shop

Dear reader,

Today’s newsletter is brief: We’re celebrating Presidents’ Day here in the U.S. Two stories caught our eyes today:

Customer beheads noodle shop owner

A 22-year-old man who ate three bowls of noodles at a restaurant in Wuhan, Hubei Province, got into a dispute with the owner after accusing him of overcharging by three yuan ($0.44). The customer then severed the proprietor’s head and deposited it in a trash can outside the restaurant. The man was arrested shortly thereafter. According to (in Chinese), police asked internet users not to post grisly images of the crime that were spread online over the weekend. The South China Morning Post says the incident has highlighted a “crisis in psychiatric care” in China — the man had previously spent six months in a psychiatric hospital.

State-owned energy company reports massive loss

Sinopec Oilfield Service Corp, a Shanghai-listed unit of state-owned energy giant Sinopec, reported a loss in 2016 of 16 billion yuan ($2.3 billion), which the South China Morning Post reports is “very close to the record high 16.3 billion yuan loss registered by Chalco, the listed unit of China’s second-largest aluminum producer Chinalco, in 2014.” The huge loss is yet another sign that Xi Jinping’s much-touted promise to give “a decisive role to the market economy” is not being implemented.

Jeremy Goldkorn, Editor in Chief

This issue of the SupChina newsletter was produced by Jeremy Goldkorn and Lucas Niewenhuis. More China stories worth your time are curated below, with the most important ones at the top of each section.