Chinese Hard Candy: A Pedophile Lawyer or a Lying Girl?

For five months, internet users in China have been waiting for the result of a special case. On April 9, Yantai Police Department announced that they were officially investigating an alleged statutory rape. A girl, Li Xingxing, claimed that her foster father, Bao Yuming, had been raping her for the past three years. The news heated up when people found out that Bao is a board member of the ZTE Corporation (he was kicked out right after the news).

Real Estate Ponzi Schemes Are a Real Problem in China

On August 9, Mrs. Wu from Hangzhou authorized a real estate agent to rent her apartment to a tenant for $880 per month. On August 28, the agent told her that his company was abandoning Hangzhou and that he had resigned the same day. Mrs. Wu has only received the rent for August. She got in touch with the tenant and was informed that he had paid upfront almost $6,000 for a whole year’s rent to the agent plus deposits. That is, the agent company charges the tenant less than $600 a month while paying the owner almost $900. Something doesn’t add up here.

Right of Self-Defense in China – Law and Social Conventions

After 11 months of suspension, 16-year-old student Jiang is going to a school in Shaodong to continue his studies on September 3. He is also a released suspect under investigation. It all began with an intentional aggression.

On May 17, 2019, at the Jishou No.2 High School, 15 students beat Jiang up in the bathroom. During the chaos, Jiang took out a knife and stabbed three of them. One was mildly injured while the other two were gravely hurt. Jiang got arrested on August 7 on charges of intentional aggression.

The Girl Who Cried Wolf

Recently, a Weibo account posted a long article titled “Loving You, Hence Raping You.” In this article, the poster, Liang Ying, accused her ex-boyfriend, Luo Guanjun, of raping her on their first date.

According to Liang, after Luo raped her, she felt shame and fear. But considering that Luo had a decent job, she became his girlfriend, unwillingly. Later, she found out that Luo had raped other girls before and had been visiting prostitutes. She also had an abortion for him, which she buried alone next to a temple.

Murderer’s Survival Manual in China: How to Skip Prison and Become an Official

In another article I talked about Zhang Yuhuan, who served 26 years before being sentenced not guilty. The protagonist of today has enjoyed the opposite fate.

In 1993, Batu Menghe was sentenced to 15 years for murdering his friend Bai Yongchun the year before. Bai’s mother, Han Jie, was expecting a severer sentence. But Batu was only 17 years old by then and turned himself in after the crime, so he didn’t receive the death penalty. However, to Han’s surprise, Batu didn’t even fulfill this lighter punishment.

China – Man Sentenced Not Guilty After 26 Years in Prison

In 1993, two kids were found dead in a pool in Jiangxi. They were strangled first and then dumped there. The police soon arrested Zhang Yuhuan, a local farmer whose clothes were found nearby and with scars on both arms. One year later, he received a death sentence with reprieve.

On August 4 this year, after almost 27 years behind bars, Jiangxi Higher People’s Court reviewed the case and discovered that in the original trial, the evidence was not clear. Base on the presumption of innocence, Zhang is sentenced again as not guilty, after 9,778 days in prison, the longest record of its kind in China.

Period Poverty in China: Cheap Vs Safe

On Taobao, China’s largest online shopping website, you can find almost any products and services. Recently, a product there has raised tons of discussions. Several online shops sell sanitary pads in bulk, and in one of them, one questioner asks: “these pads in bulk are clearly three-without products (without brand and fabricator, without expiration date and without quality certificate), why are you girls even buying them?” The answers below can be, sadly, concluded in a sentence: because life is difficult.

China – Building Collapse Claims 29 Lives

At least 29 people have been killed after a two-storey building collapsed in Shanxi Province in China. The death toll has risen from yesterday’s toll of 17 according to authorities. The restaurant which is located in Linfen city, Xiangfen County collapsed on Saturday morning.  The authorities said that 28 people were injured in the accident, seven of whom sustained serious injuries.

China – Changing The Rules

The sale of the American division of the social network TikTok may require the consent of the Chinese government. This was announced by the Professor at the University of international business and Economics in Beijing Cui Fang according to the  Xinhua News Agency.   Xinhua News Agency or New China News Agency is the official state-run press agency of the People’s Republic of China.

China Roundup – 29 Dead in Collapsed Restaurant, Police Investigating Airline Ticket Fraud, Real Estate Agent Without Legs

On August 28, a 3-year-old girl in Hunan went to celebrate her granny’s birthday with her parents. After the party, she entered the elevator first. Just when her granny was about to step in, the door of the elevator closed. The girl panicked, jumped around and pressed a few buttons. The elevator took her to the fourth floor. She went out and saw no one there, so she went back in. The elevator took her to the eighth floor. She went out again. This time, she didn’t come back, neither did she find her family.

Money Laundry Using Online Shops

For years, many online shops on Taobao and Tmall have hired people, especially students and housewives who have lots of free time and want to earn some extra money, to forge orders and good product reviews. It’s called “Shuadan” in Chinese. These hired “customers” browse and buy the products in exactly the same way that a normal customer would behave.

China Roundup – 16 Arrested in HK, Jack Ma Getting Richer, Burger King Fined for Expired Materials

Ant Financial Services Group, the world’s highest valued FinTech company, released its prospectus on August 25. Jack Ma, the founder of the Alibaba empire, will have a shareholding of no more than 8.8%. Furthermore, Jack promises to donate 610 million stock shares to charity (which will account for around 2% of the company’s market value), especially on education, entrepreneurship and female leadership. On August 26, Alibaba reaches its highest ever stock price. The total value passes 6 trillion HKD, which is over $774 billion.

China Roundup – Chinese Covid-19 Vaccine Valid for Different Virus Strains, Hong Kong Student Activist Afraid of Getting Arrested

On August 23, Hong Kong student activist Joshua Wong posted on his Facebook saying that he had been “harassed” by a local woman while walking a dog with his family. Soon, on Weibo, the video recorded by the woman was released too. In this video, the recorder blamed Wong for being a bad example for the young generation in Hong Kong and asked how much bribery he had accepted in a quite sarcastic way. She called him a national traitor.

China Roundup – Crackdown on Overeating, TikTok Parent Fighting Back, Student May Get Kicked Out of Uni for Dog Abuse

On August 22, a 15-year-old girl jumped off a 25-floor building in Sichuan and fell on her father, who was trying to catch her. Both passed away later in the hospital. According to a witness, the mother of the girl was in the elevator to the roof at that moment. For now, there are two speculations over the cause on the internet. One says that she didn’t want to take more piano classes and that the classroom is in fact in the same building, while the other claims that the girl had been depressed for a long time and she had a history of self-harm. Local police reported the case and pleaded for people to stop circulating related videos out of respect.

China Roundup – Coal Mine Fire – Historic Flooding – Illegal Waste Dumping

On August 20, 19 workers were caught in a fire in a coal mine in Shandong, all of whom were rescued after almost three hours. Seven of them passed away in the hospital, while another one is still severely injured. This coal mine belongs to Shandong Energy Feicheng Mining Group, which is closed after the incident. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

China Roundup – Elderly Man Dies During Shoplifting Dispute – Swift Flood Waters Taking Lives

In Jiangsu, an elderly man was caught hiding eggs in his pockets in a supermarket. The cashier held the arm of the elder trying to inspect his pockets, which the elder resisted. After a few back-and-forth conversations, the elder suddenly fell onto the ground, dead. The family ask for compensation of over $55,000, arguing that his death was caused by the cashier. While the supermarket maintains that the cashier was doing the right thing and she was just persuading the elder to clear his pockets without physical actions, which was all captured by camera. The case is still under investigation.

Chinese Woman Died After Being Tripped by a Dog (Video)

I think most people are a bit concerned when they see people walking a dog twice their size, at least I am. I’m constantly worried that any sudden move by the dog will trip the owner over, which is not a joke when it comes to elderly people.

On August 17, in Foshan, an elderly woman was tripped over by a dog leash and hit her head on the ground. Later she passed away. What happened was recorded by a street camera. Watch the disturbing video at your own risk here.

Speculations Over Robert Trump’s Death in China

Robert Trump, the younger brother of the president of the United States, passed away on August 15. Normally this is the kind of tragic news for which even one’s nemesis would’ve felt sorry, whereas in China, it has become the ground of conspiracies and too-soon jokes. Apparently, Donald Trump’s recent firm stand on Chinese companies like TikTok and Wechat has made him once again the ultimate villain for many Chinese internet users.

Is Libya The Guinea Pig of the Aerial Combat?

Libya has been embroiled in a civil war.  The conflict began to escalate in April 2019 in Lybia, when field Marshal Khalifa Haftar launched his campaign to capture the capital, Tripoli. With the support of foreign forces, including Egypt, France, and others, he felt quite confident opposing the UN-recognized government in Tripoli, supported by Turkey, Italy, and Qatar.