Links for Wednesday, June 24, 2020

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BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY:

SCIENCE, HEALTH, AND THE ENVIRONMENT:

  • China’s mind-boggling testing capacity
    Mainland China capable of testing 3.78 million people for COVID-19 per day / Reuters
    “As of June 22, that’s an increase of 200%, Guō Yānhóng 郭燕红, an official at the health authority, told reporters at a briefing in Beijing.”
  • Phthalate in footwear
    Chinese footwear brands scrutinized over toxic chemical / Sixth Tone
    “Slippers from three domestic brands — Warrior, Kuailu, and Jimei — used unhealthy doses of a chemical known as phthalate, which makes plastic products more flexible and durable. The phthalate levels were 195-313 times higher than European Union standards, according to the council.”

POLITICS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS:

China’s government is offering more university scholarships to African students than the leading western governments combined, in a sign of Beijing’s use of “soft power” alongside economic investment.

The annual Global Education Monitoring Report produced by Unesco showed China was set to offer 12,000 scholarships to African students in the coming academic year, largely to support study at Chinese universities.

SOCIETY AND CULTURE: