Links for Monday, June 29, 2020

Notable China news from around the web.



  • New COVID-19 cluster in Hebei
    China puts half a million people in lockdown as Beijing fights new COVID-19 cluster / AFP via Channel NewsAsia
    “China imposed a strict lockdown on nearly half a million people in Hebei province to contain a fresh COVID-19 cluster on Sunday (Jun 28), as authorities warned the outbreak was still ‘severe and complicated.’”
    China locks down 400,000 people over 18 coronavirus cases / CNN
    “In stark contrast to the relaxing of restrictions amid spiking infection rates in the United States and parts of Europe, about 400,000 people have been placed under strict lockdown in Anxin county, in the central province of Hebei, near Beijing, after just 18 fresh cases were detected.”
  • China’s military develops and deploys a vaccine
    CanSino’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate approved for military use in China / Reuters
    “China’s military has received the greenlight to use a COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by its research unit and CanSino Biologics (6185.HK) after clinical trials proved it was safe and showed some efficacy, the company said on Monday.”
  • Rethinking wild animal breeding
    Pandemic causes China to rethink breeding wild animals for food : goats and soda / NPR
    Comment from one of the journalists who wrote the piece, Emily Feng, on Twitter: “For the last few weeks, Amy Cheng and I looked into how stringently China was enforcing a suspension on wildlife consumption/trading. For some species, like the surprisingly cute bamboo rat, very. For others, not so much.”



“L’Oréal, one of the world’s largest cosmetics companies, said Friday it will stop using words such as ‘white,’ ‘fair,’ and ‘light’ on its skin care products, according to Reuters. Unilever had already announced similar measures, while Johnson & Johnson had said its brands Neutrogena and Clean & Clear would discontinue skin-whitening creams favored in Asia and the Middle East.”

  • Accommodating the deaf and hard of hearing
    Post-coronavirus, China should listen to its deaf community / Sixth Tone
    “Although the entire DHH community faced challenges in accessing important information, socializing, or communicating with delivery and medical workers, the barriers were especially high for middle-aged and elderly DHH Chinese, who generally have lower levels of literacy and are more reliant on sign language to communicate.”
  • Remembering a Cultural Revolution photographer
    Remembering China’s ‘red-color news soldier’ / Sixth Tone

Donning a red arm band and honorary “Red-Color News Soldier” pin, Li took nearly 100,000 photos in the decade between 1966 and 1976. Those deemed politically usable by his editors, such as images of smiling youngsters pumping their fists in the air or state-sponsored ballet performances for the underprivileged, he handed off to be published in the newspaper. Those considered unusable for the publication’s purposes, such as photos of burials and overturned bookshelves, he kept secret.